LEX Autolease is supporting mapping and analytics company Esri UK with its drive to reduce overall company vehicle emissions by launching a new ultra low-emission vehicle salary sacrifice scheme. 

Available for the firm’s 400 employees, Esri UK works with a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector – including Vodafone, Scottish Water and the National Trust – with its mapping and location analytics software for improved operations,.

Since the salary sacrifice scheme launched June, employees car choice has included the Volkswagen ID.3, Audi Q4 e-tron and Tesla model 3.

In addition to the green salary sacrifice scheme, Esri’s company car scheme has also been enhanced, with allowances increased by an average 20% to encourage EV take-up. Esri says it has already seen a 68% reduction in overall fleet CO2 emissions as a result. EVs now account for more than 75% of the company’s fleet.

James Garrod, internal account manager at Lex Autolease, said: 

“We’ve worked with Esri UK since 2016 to understand the business’s sustainability goals and develop electrification solutions to help them achieve their plans. The team at Esri is aligned within our essential proposition to ensure their fleet is efficient, cost effective and fully optimised.

“The take-up of fully electric vehicles since the salary sacrifice scheme launched in June has been really encouraging, but our role isn’t limited to supplying more eco-friendly vehicles. Esri is also using our Sustainability Dashboard to access tailored metrics, recommendations and a future sustainability trajectory. Armed with these insights, together we can continually tweak the overall sustainability strategy to ensure it moves in the right direction.”

Gary Lockwood, the financial controller at Esri UK, said: 

“Reducing our overall emissions by promoting more eco-friendly vehicles across our employee base is absolutely central to our sustainability targets. We deliver world-class environmental software for globally-recognised public sector bodies and private companies, so it’s only right that we remain on the front foot when it comes to our own sustainability credentials.

“We knew that launching a ULEV salary sacrifice scheme would need to be cleverly communicated to our employees to be effective, plus a new IT infrastructure to support it. The team at Lex Autolease has helped guide us through every step of the way, hosting a launch event for our 400-strong workforce to explain the benefits and details of the scheme. This was a huge factor in the initial appetite for the scheme, which we hope will only increase in the coming months.”

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