- EY Belgium has reduced its CO2 emissions by 600 tonnes, by a combination of public transport, smaller (or no) company cars, bicycle use, electric shared cars and hybrid cars for starting employees.
- Ambitious mobility plan is more pragmatic and employee-friendly than cash for car
This year, as always, EY Belgium is an active participant in the mobility week. But our company's efforts go well beyond that. Since EY Belgium launched its new mobility plan in October 2019, some 400 employees have already traded their existing cars for smaller and more environmentally friendly ones and 42 have opted to hand in their company cars, almost twice as many as a year ago.
EY Belgium is keen to make the mobility of its 2,500 employees greener and greener. A year back, it introduced a very ambitious new mobility plan to encourage its people in a positive and caring way to move towards more environmentally-friendly mobility. More and more EY Belgium employees are putting their company cars aside and are opting for alternative means of transport. At the same time EY company cars are becoming significantly more sustainable, with hybrid cars only for starter employees and significant investment in the electrification of the fleet.
This plan is already yielding very positive results: on an annual basis EY Belgium has reduced its CO2 emissions by 600 tonnes, by a combination of public transport, smaller (or no) company cars, bicycle use, electric shared cars and the hybrid cars for starting employees. Since EY Belgium launched its new mobility plan in October 2019, some 400 employees have already exchanged their existing cars for smaller and more environmentally friendly ones and 42 have opted to hand in their company cars, almost twice as many as a year before. With the Flex Reward system, significant incentives exist for employees who are willing to drive smaller cars and for those no longer opting for cars.
"More pragmatic and employee-friendly than cash for car"
It goes without saying that EY Belgium also offers alternatives to cars. Since the launch of the new mobility approach, some 500 employees have been using public transport, for which EY Belgium offers subscriptions and tickets. EY Belgium also offers its employees a bicycle allowance for all work-related journeys, and for several years the company has also made available a fleet of shared electric cars that can be used by every employee, thereby obviating the need to come in to work by car. In this way, the consultancy company wants to give its employees maximum flexibility of movement, choosing the option that suits them best to avoid traffic jams, parking problems and associated stress.
“Employees receive monthly units if they decide to stop taking a car or to drive a smaller one. These can be used, for example, to lease bicycles, but can also be converted into cash”, says Patrick Rottiers, CEO EY Belgium. “In this way we offer a creative and innovative solution that is more pragmatic and employee-friendly than the cash for car story and the mobility budget.”
Sustainability is the new narrative
Not only has EY consciously chosen to offer its starting employees fully-equipped hybrid cars, in time a greater choice of hybrid and electric vehicles will be available throughout the company car fleet. A recent employee survey points to a particularly strong appetite for an even greener fleet. Sustainability appears indeed to be the new narrative. In this way we can expect that EY's contribution to reducing its environmental footprint will only increase in the near future.