7 Sep 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV is one of the frontrunners in the Netherlands to make its leased vehicle fleet completely sustainable by switching over to 100% electric vehicles. This ambition is to be realised by 2021 and forms part of its sustainable mobility policy. This way the company implements the mobility energy transition.

CEO Erik Oostwegel: ‘Recently, as a means of controlling climate change and air pollution, the British and French governments announced measures stipulating that effective from 2040 no diesel or petrol-driven vehicles may be sold. Norway aims to do this as early as 2025. The trend is clear and as an innovative company, we want to be a frontrunner in developments relating to sustainability and mobility of the future. We provide advice to clients concerning sustainable mobility and the energy transition. These two elements converge in electric driving. With this switch-over to 500 fully electric vehicles we put our money where our mouth is and we are proud of this.’

Pilot

The decision to switch over follows a successful pilot with 26 employees who exchanged their hybrid or fossil fuel-driven lease vehicle for a fully electric vehicle (BMW i3) at the end of 2016. Peter Morsink, Leading Professional Smart Mobility at Royal HaskoningDHV and one of the pilot's participants: ‘I decided to participate because climate change affects us all and because I can reduce my CO2 emission this way. Because of the pilot we are all more conscious of our driving behaviour, we plan our trips better and our sustainability awareness increased further. In addition, based on actual practice I can now advise my clients even better in relation to sustainable mobility.’

Neil Fiorentinos, Director BMW Group Netherlands: 'Royal HaskoningDHV is an inspiring example showing vision and leadership for all organisations in the Netherlands to not only make a firm decision but foremost take action today.'

The elimination of hybrid, diesel and petrol fuel-driven vehicles translates into an annual reduction of 2,000 tonnes in Royal HaskoningDHV's CO2 emissions. This is comparable to the emissions of 300 families and reduces Royal HaskoningDHV's CO2 emissions by 13% in the Netherlands.

Increasingly easier

Royal HaskoningDHV employees who drive more than 17,500 business kilometres each year will from now on have the choice of an electric car (BMW i3, Renault ZOE, Hyundai IONIQ, Volkswagen e-Golf) or a mobility budget. Erik Oostwegel: ‘Our pilot taught us that electric driving is a tremendous experience, but also that it takes some getting used to for everyone. Electric car charging facilities are becoming increasingly available. Furthermore, the electric car driving range is becoming increasingly larger, which makes 100% electric driving much easier.’

In addition to electric leased, sustainable mobility for Royal HaskoningDHV also means that every office has electric bikes; that the possibility of 100% electric rental cars is assessed; that trips are avoided through means of teleconferencing; and that a policy of locating offices close to railway stations is pursued.