With their sights on a greener future, the Dutch government is focused on initiatives to promote sustainable practices and reduce CO2 emissions. This includes having greater insights into the business travel of organisations. The Climate Agreement—which is an important part of the Netherlands’ fulfillment of the Paris Climate Agreement—states that CO2 emissions must be reduced by 1 megaton (1,000 million kilograms) between 2022 and 2030.
In order to do so, effective January 2024, companies with 100 or more employees in the Netherlands will be obliged to track and report on their employees’ business travel and commuting each year. This applies to all business and commuting kilometres driven within The Netherlands by employees and includes walking, cycling, public transport and travelling by car (number of kilometres travelled by car, broken down by fuel type). Only air travel is excluded.
What can companies do to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable?
There are many ways companies can take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their sustainability efforts. Examples of measures are travelling fewer kilometres or promoting the use of bicycles, public transport, or electric vehicles. For example, instead of taking a normal UberX in the country, organisations can promote the use of Uber Green rides to employees and customers.
Note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).
How can Uber for Business help organisations report on business travel?
Uber for Business empowers companies on their sustainability journey by making it easy to manage business travel policies—domestic or international—all in one place. Our online dashboard provides sustainability insights on travel, giving companies the ability to track, report and act on the carbon emissions of their ground transport. Organisations are now able to access metrics such as total CO2 emissions and the percentage of corporate rides taken with one of Uber’s low-emission ride options.
In recent years, we’ve seen positive trends in our corporate clients’ sustainable travel usage patterns. For example, in 2022, sustainable trips more than doubled year over year. Of that, Uber Green trips alone grew by more than 200%. This is a testament to the rising corporate demand for sustainable solutions in ground transport needs.
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