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Blue Care

Responsibility has a name

It's easy to simply state that we take our corporate social responsibility seriously through Blue Care. It's more important to act this way. And we do. You will experience it in our three pillars:

Sustainability

We work according to the principle that people make the difference. All people. Not only at work, but also in their direct or indirect environment. That has to be safe and healthy. Business Lease offers that, with concrete actions.

100% CO2 neutral

The awareness of climate issues is growing and growing. Business Lease compensates all CO2 emissions and is proud on its  Gold Standard label: the leading sustainability label for CO2-reduction projects. You can be sure: Business Lease is a 100% CO2 neutral company.

Our actions:

Hungary goes Electric

Mobility has a direct link with the environment. Business Lease supports the sustainable mobility and as part of our blue care program, Business Lease Hungary decided to purchase a 100% electric Nissan Leaf vehicle, with 0% CO2 emission, in 2013. 

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With this car we stimulate the environmental friendly solutions among our actual and future Clients.

The correct tyre pressure

On Sustainability Day, Business Lease Nederland, Ridderkerk-based greengrocery Van Oers United and Stichting Band op Spanning (Correct Tyre Pressure Foundation) joined forces to install a special tyre pump at the Verenambacht industrial estate. The tyre pump is the first of its kind in the Rijnmond region and provides drivers with an easy way to keep their tyres inflated to the correct pressure. Correct tyre pressure saves nearly 37 litres of fuel per vehicle per year. If all vehicles at the Verenambacht industrial estate were to use the pump, they would realise a benefit of at least 80,000 euros each year.

The tyre pump operates entirely on solar energy and helps users maintain proper tyre pressure. Immediately after use, the pump displays the number of litres of fuel saved, the amount of reduced CO2 emissions, the number of kilometres the tyres will now last, and how many euros saved in total, making users more aware of the importance of correct tyre pressure - proof positive that car leasing and sustainability go hand in hand.

Safe working conditions

Our employees deserve the best possible working conditions, safe and healthy. Training, good working spaces, and continuous improvement are part of this. We care about you. And of course we care about our people.

Investment in sustainable projects

Business Lease always invests in sustainability projects. Our criteria for selection: we're looking for qualitative and concrete projects, to keep an eye on the development and to give clear answers on possible questions of you. A good example is our Cookstove: an investment project in Kenya.

Our actions:

Cookstove

A special wood oven - the Cookstove - has been developed and distributed in Kenya as a replacement for traditional cooking on open fires. The Cookstove needs less wood and reduces the CO2 emissions significantly. The results are great: 80% less smoke, cleaner air, fewer health problems, faster cooking and local employment.

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Safety for drivers

You will notice our drive to do our utmost in stimulating the safety of our drivers. Of course, safety in traffic depends on more factors than the behavior of the driver. But that 's where we can add value, with e-learning tools and training in driving skills. Please, drive safely, and improve your knowledge, skills and consciousness.

Our actions:

Defensive Driving Training

As an example of Blue Care philosophy we offer our clients and their drivers Defensive Driving Training. If there are drivers at your company who have frequent insurance damages, excessive fuel consumption or they present high costs for your company comparing to other drivers, such training can built their awareness. By proper defensive driving training, we will teach them in theory and in practice how to be friendly to the environment while cutting your company costs at the same time.

NET4GAS uses Blue Care to reduce the cost operating a fleet.

For several years, Business Lease has offered its car leasing customers an interesting product called Blue Care, which aims to help reduce the impact of motoring on the environment. At the same time, this product brings significant savings to corporate fleet owners, both in terms of fuel consumption and in connection with the loss of insurance claims on vehicles. Therefore, many firms are interested in Blue Care from Business Lease.

Blue Care’s basic tool is training fleet drivers so they know that their driving behavior directly affects how much car exhaust is produced. This training consists of a full day course with theoretical and practical parts, in which drivers not only learn how to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel, but also how to drive safely. “Eco-driving should be smooth, with great foresight, and free from sudden acceleration and sudden braking. These are also the requirements of safe driving. So those who drive ecologically at the same time increase their traffic safety,” explains Robert Kotál of Traffic Academy, which prepared the training for Business Lease. In practice, this means fewer insurance claims, and therefore lower costs from participation in claims.

In 2013, this training was used by NET4GAS, an operator of gas pipelines and carriers in the Czech Republic. The company fleet is comprised of 350 vehicles of various types – from personal to off-road to trucks - with which 200 drivers cover a distance of 6.5 million kilometers each year, or almost 3000 km per month per driver. NET4GAS is always looking for ways to reduce the costs of operating the fleet, and therefore decided to implement the product from Blue Care Business Lease.

For maximum effect, they linked Blue Care’s company training with an employee motivation program - internal competitions for the driver with the lowest consumption. In order to show drivers that it works, NET4GAS fleet manager Jan Betko sent corporate vehicle drivers to take part in this training. “After the announcement of the competition, we watched the drivers and saw that some were able to achieve savings by themselves, but not many. Therefore, we decided on the course. Just one month after its completion, we were already starting to see some improvement. For some drivers, consumption decreased from 120 percent of the allocation to 100 percent, and for some, down to 90 percent of the original consumption,” says Betko.

According to him, savings were already visible last year, but the investment in drivers is obviously a matter for the long-term.

Our goal is not to strictly prohibit and impose, but to work with the drivers, because they influence fleet costs to a great extent, says Betko. The company has achieved further cost reductions by decreasing the accident rate and reducing damage connected with ignorance about vehicle control. These reductions were brought about by training drivers of trucks and off-road vehicles, as well as safe driving practice on the test circuit. The training even allowed the company to develop driver audits. “Every year we invest in drivers, and we know that the investment will return to us in the future,” Betko says. He admits that, despite initial skepticism, the drivers themselves eventually recognized that this training makes sense – plus, it can also be used privately.

 

As part of Blue Care Business Lease, clients can get advice on how to maximize savings in the fleet - for example, by choosing energy-saving tires, accessories, and other environmental measures. Clients can also monitor online the actual cost of a COleak and look for other possible savings. They then have the alternative of offsetting all 

CO2 emissions through the purchase of Certificates of compensation. More information about the program can be found at www.bluecare.info.

 

 

The correct tyre pressure

On Sustainability Day, Business Lease Nederland, Ridderkerk-based greengrocery Van Oers United and Stichting Band op Spanning (Correct Tyre Pressure Foundation) joined forces to install a special tyre pump at the Verenambacht industrial estate. The tyre pump is the first of its kind in the Rijnmond region and provides drivers with an easy way to keep their tyres inflated to the correct pressure. Correct tyre pressure saves nearly 37 litres of fuel per vehicle per year. If all vehicles at the Verenambacht industrial estate were to use the pump, they would realise a benefit of at least 80,000 euros each year.

The tyre pump operates entirely on solar energy and helps users maintain proper tyre pressure. Immediately after use, the pump displays the number of litres of fuel saved, the amount of reduced CO2 emissions, the number of kilometres the tyres will now last, and how many euros saved in total, making users more aware of the importance of correct tyre pressure - proof positive that car leasing and sustainability go hand in hand.