Geneva and Amsterdam, 22 January 2018: LeasePlan Corporation, a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility, has today joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Sustainability is a priority for LeasePlan and the business is taking a leadership role in the transition from internal combustion engines to alternative powertrains. LeasePlan has committed to achieving net zero emissions from its total fleet by 2030, supporting the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate-related Sustainable Development Goals. The company’s objective is to create healthier environments in towns and cities by promoting cleaner, low-emission vehicles and the infrastructure required to make these cars a viable option for its customers.

Key elements in LeasePlan’s sustainability strategy include educating customers on making the switch to low-emission vehicles, facilitating the uptake of low-emission vehicles with attractive customer propositions and transitioning LeasePlan’s own employee fleet to an electric vehicle fleet by 2021.

LeasePlan’s CEO, Tex Gunning, said: “Our ambition is to achieve net zero emissions from our total fleet by 2030. We are confident that this can be achieved, but we can’t do this on our own: we need to work together with stakeholders from all sectors. We’re therefore delighted to join the WBCSD and look forward to exploring innovative sustainable development solutions together with our partners in the WBCSD network.”

WBCSD CEO and President Peter Bakker said “Over the course of this year initiatives in areas including mobility, the circular economy and low-carbon technology are only going to grow in prominence. In joining WBCSD, LeasePlan adds its expertise in these and other areas to that of our 200 global member-companies, offering renewed innovation and momentum to our unique business solutions. I look forward to working closely with Tex and the LeasePlan team as we scale-up these efforts.”