Sustainable mobility is a key route to reducing carbon emissions
Our focus on sustainable mobility is a key route to reducing carbon emissions. A virtual working environment which enables employees to work and collaborate independently from a physical location helps avoid the need for travel. When travel is necessary, we encourage employees to do so in a more sustainable way to reduce emissions/km. A new policy includes financial incentives to stimulate the use of e-bikes and we continue to promote car sharing and the use of public transport. Together with major organisations in the Netherlands, we are part of the Anders Reizen (travel differently) coalition calling for reduced business travel. In 2020, we used online communications as well as a radio interview to share the message more widely.
We are proud that 40-50% of our colleagues at our Amersfoort office in the Netherlands avoid using their cars to commute, relying on public transport and bicycles instead. Our shuttle bus has made the use of public transport even more attractive.
We have increased our electric car fleet and are on track to achieve our goal of a 100% electric lease fleet in the Netherlands by the end of 2021. We encourage the use of electric vehicles by sharing our experiences with other companies and through membership of EV100, a global initiative bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles. In 2020, our head office became the first location where electric vehicles are smart charged using machine learning. Smart charging can reduce costs by ensuring not all vehicles charge at the same time and allows up to three times the number of charging stations to be installed on the same electrical infrastructure.