Our journey towards a more responsible and sustainable future
In today’s world, urgent environmental challenges demand immediate action. Human influence accounts for 100% of the global warming observed these recent years, primarily driven by activities involving fossil fuels usage and deforestation, which continue to intensify climate change worldwide. The accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere particularly presents a critical concern as it contributes to more global warming.
This emphasizes the urgency of our efforts, and further underlines the need to act, and for that, we are committed to our Climate Action initiatives. Through strategic partnerships, innovative and proactive practices, we aim to minimize our environmental impact and drive positive change, as we embark on a transformative journey and steer towards a more responsible and sustainable future.
Our sustainability ambition
Our ambition at Arval is to drive change in sustainable mobility for ourselves and all our markets, customers, suppliers, and partners. We are convinced that safe, low-carbon mobility is key for the wellbeing of everyone.
Our goal is to improve our social & environmental impacts in all aspects of our business by leveraging our know-how and our sphere of influence. To do so, we constantly engage in:
1. reducing greenhouse gas emissions and resource waste, throughout the lifecycle of our fleet and in all our operations.
2. accelerating user adoption of low-carbon mobility and safe mobility behaviors
3. developing a culture that inspires and supports our teams to fulfil our ambition
Our Sustainability Strategy
Aligned with our ambition, we at Arval place sustainable mobility at the heart of our strategy. Today, we go beyond car leasing to provide to all our customers a large variety of new sustainable mobility means, including electric vehicles and bikes.
We aim at diversifying mobility means that our customers and collaborators use for their daily journeys by supporting a global travel approach and commuting patterns. This is achieved by using car policies, to reallocate the efforts and reduce environmental impact, increase cost savings and guarantee the satisfaction of our employees.
Energy transition is part of Arval’s DNA. In 2018, Arval introduced the SMaRT consulting approach, to accompany companies in reaching their environmental targets and build an ambitious plan around the adoption of electric vehicles and other means of alternative mobility.
A favorable legal framework supports this strategy: governments are deploying tax incentives in favor of more sustainable technologies, with low emission zones being introduced and electric charging infrastructure steadily growing. Furthermore, fleet decisions around powertrains have gone beyond features, performance and costs to include environmental impact and ethics criteria.
Within this context, our Arval Beyond strategic plan includes a set of objectives in terms of impact on the society and the environment. Among them: reaching the target of 350.000 battery electric vehicles in our leased fleet by 2025 and reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet by 35% per km per vehicle.
These objectives are also part of our five key sustainability KPIs set for 2025, which are as follows:
Reducing the environmental impact of our operations
The environment is one of the key pillars in our sustainability strategy, as climate change remains a priority issue for us to tackle. We have set specific KPIs to measure our environmental impact and awareness across all Arval countries.
We closely monitor our impact to take proper action, locally and across all Arval countries. Our commitment has been recognized with certifications in 14 countries through the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). We also encourage sharing our in-house best practices to foster a stronger culture of energy sobriety.
Additionally, we rely on Greenhouse Gas Accounting, a way for businesses to measure and report their emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) responsible for global warming and climate change. The Scopes 1, 2, and 3 are the basis for our Greenhouse Gas reporting.
Operational scope of Arval GHG emissions
Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources: direct GHG emissions that are released by Arval by using energy that excludes electricity, which in our case is natural gas consumption, oil usage (for heating systems), and fuel (for emergency power units).
Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy: comprehends all types of electricity that Arval buys and consumes for powering and using heating and cooling systems.
Indirect emissions associated with business trips: taking into account business travels of employees by plane, car and train.
Carbon reduction of our leased fleet
As part of Arval's CO2 reduction target, we have set an objective of reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet by an average of 35% per km and per vehicle.*
* Average emissions of CO2 are calculated as a weighted average of the Arval entities’ fleet (Passenger cars and LCVs). In a context of regulation change (NEDC, WLTP), the CO2 emissions will be adjusted to the WLTP, making use of the results of an NEDC-WLTP correlation internal study, to ensure comparable stringency. The calculations are made starting January 1st 2020 vs December 2025. (Source: Enablon GHG BNP Paribas Tool, 2022 data)
Advancing awareness and sharing best environmental practices
At Arval, we want our employees to be part of our sustainability journey.
That is why we make sure we back up our ambition with comprehensive training programmes, in-depth dialogue and inspirational initiatives.
The “Arval CSR & ESG Awareness” is a unique training for all Arval employees to understand social and environmental challenges as well as the Sustainability Strategy of our company. In June 2023, around 7,500 employees have completed the training worldwide (93% of all employees).
Climate Fresk, fostering a sustainable culture, in-house
Building a robust sustainability culture is a must to drive business towards a more responsible future. It is vital to understand the depth of climate issues in order to take action and provide suitable solutions. At Arval, we engage our employees in a range of sustainability topics through internal and external trainings and workshops.
Climate Fresk is one of the most powerful tools for providing access to quality climate education, making it scalable within an organization or a community. In 2022, our entire sustainability community attended the global Climate Fresk session, and more than 100 employees have gained proper knowledge on climate transition, thanks to the commitment of our local sustainability teams.