Wednesday, October 20

How large companies travel the path to sustainable mobility


The great social, political and economic change that will take place in the next decade has already begun and has its own name: ecological transition. In recent years, the fight against global warming has gone from being the exclusive priority of committed environmental organizations and activists to sneak onto the agenda of governments, businesses and citizens.

The transformation of mentality is evident in an increasingly involved society, which has resulted in a ministerial portfolio created ad hoc In our country. But to the steps taken by the NGOs or the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge are added the own initiatives carried out by different companies, regardless of their sector or industry. Public-private collaboration is essential to achieve the decarbonisation targets set by the European Union and the Green New Deal, in addition to being highly profitable, as indicated by the financial experts and the reports of consultants such as KPMG or Deloitte.

Faced with this global problem, some large companies have decided to stand on the starting line and begin to adopt measures aimed at that goal. Given that the energy aspect plays a fundamental role in reducing CO2 emissions, organizations that have large fleets of cars or those whose core activity is transport have been the first to choose a less polluting path. Such is the case with Securitas Direct.

The benchmark company in safety has opted for the so-called Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), known as autogas, by acquiring new vehicles of renting of the Renault brand. Currently, Securitas Direct has 786 units of these characteristics, compared to the 40 it had just two years ago. This increase means multiplying by 20 the number of cars that run without traditional fuels and that nearly 30% of its fleet already has this technology.

Gema Muñoz Yagüe, an expert in company safety and a user of this type of car, assures that it is “a step in the right direction”, since her job “requires spending many hours in the vehicle, with the consequent expense of fuel and CO2 emissions ”. “At the same time,” he continues, “most gas stations have a LPG pump, economically it represents savings and the car works exactly the same as with gasoline or diesel,” he stresses.

For its part, Ader logistics is working on adapting a fleet of 1,500 vehicles, most of them vans. “We want to lead sustainability in transport in Spain and be an authorized voice on this issue,” claims Joan Lluís Rubio, the company’s Marketing Director. From his point of view, achieving sustainable mobility in this sector will involve the conjunction of several factors: “That batteries gain autonomy, increase user demand for dealers to lower prices and that governments provide subsidies to equalize prices with diesel ”. “It is also necessary that the smart cities are a reality and for this you need, for example, recharging points for electric cars on all streets “, he clarifies.

Responsible mobility, a positive aspect

Currently, there are several alternatives to traditional fuels. In this sense, the report ‘Analysis and proposals for decarbonisation’ prepared by the Committee of Experts on Energy Transition —committee created by the Council of Ministers— specifically states that “everything seems to point to the fact that the pure electric car will be the technology of the future thanks to the development of batteries; however, during the transition, other technological options could also be efficient, such as hybrid cars or vehicles that use hydrogen, LPG or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) batteries ”.

Consequently, despite the fact that they are different systems – while hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity on demand in the engine itself, hybrids, CNG and LPG are based on a drastic reduction in emissions, which allows savings for their efficiency in terms of kilometers traveled – all of them have the ECO label of the General Directorate of Traffic and they are real options for companies. They also bring with them other indirect benefits: “The commitment to autogas is part of our commitment to sustainability and reducing the impact of our activity. At Securitas Direct we have one of the largest commercial fleets in Spain, and that is why this step is so relevant, and a starting point from which we want to continue working, ”says Laura Gonzalvo, Director of Communication and CSR at Securitas Direct.

However, “you can always do more,” insists the CSR manager of the security company. “In addition to the renewal of our fleet, we promote alternative transport, train employees in efficient driving and develop awareness actions on sustainable mobility, with our more than 8,000 professionals in Spain.” Likewise, Laura Gonzalvo encourages the action of all citizens through the campaign # MoveInPositiveAn initiative that seeks, precisely, “to convey an optimistic message regarding mobility, based on responsibility,” he highlights.



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