A new law set to be rolled out this October could soon pave the way for fleet managers to be forced to disclose their annual CO2 emissions, fleetnews.co.uk reports.
The new legislation will - in its first iteration - just include the 1,100 firms listed on the London Stock Exchange's main market. Then, in 2015, it will be reviewed to see whether gains will be provided by rolling it out further, to all of Britain's large businesses.
It will see businesses forced to disclose their entire CO2 emissions for the previous 12 months, which will not only include operational output but also emissions from car and van fleets. One exemption, however, will be for workers that use their own vehicles for business duties.
Now, with just months to go before the initial roll-out, critics have raised concern over the measures, claiming that they are open to interpretation and may even treat leased vehicles different to those owned by the company. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), meanwhile, has issued guidance in the hope it will clear up any misinterpretations or wilful law bending.
In the document, it claims businesses should, quite simply, report any CO2 emissions for which they are responsible. This could prompt firms to consider asset tracking devices for their vehicle fleet to help monitor and record the greenhouse gas emissions they produce.
Acknowledging the potential grey area over owned and leased fleets, DEFRA stated that a finance or capital lease should be considered as ownership - even if only for the short term - so should be included in the reports, silobreaker.com claims.