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Adopt ‘mobility solutions’ to save money and reduce your carbon footprint

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‘Mobility’ is becoming a buzz word in the fleet industry, and finding the cheapest, most efficient options in travel whilst also reducing carbon footprint is quickly starting to become part of the fleet manager’s responsibility. The trend has moved away from them providing straightforward vehicle management to providing a full circle mobility solution to the business. Up until now fleet management has involved understanding the finance and the economics of fleet. Tomorrow, there will be more technology involving fleet vehicles, alternative fuels, fleet data, and analytics.

Many larger companies also found themselves reporting their transport emissions for the first time in December 2015 to ensure compliance with the government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). This is a mandatory energy assessment for businesses in Britain that employ more than 250 staff or have an annual turnover in excess of £39m. Due to this and other changes in legislation, companies operating fleets of vehicles face major concerns in terms of controlling costs, reducing carbon emissions and ensuring driver safety.

Throughout 2016 such larger companies will be engaging staff or fleet management companies to work on their behalf as ‘corporate mobility managers’ in a bid to meet these demands. With the increase of developments in technology and connected vehicles the introduction of car clubs and pool fleets have been proven to help companies move away from purchasing company cars into leasing into mobility solutions that represent a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative.

In the UK, currently around one in 20 companies already employs a dedicated mobility manager, while more than one in five (22%) believe their fleet and travel management departments could merge, and are interested in an IT platform to deliver this.

Whilst the mobility movement is starting to grow faster in the UK, many other countries are a touch further ahead of the game with the introduction of systems such as mobility cards. Here employees are given a mobility card and a budget to travel using the best transport methods available. The idea is to create a more economical, efficient, streamlined and cost effective solution to business travel and to ensure the optimum journey method is always chosen.

With many fleet managers now taking on the responsibility of the complete journey, including aspects such as parking, taxi, train, or plane usage, and accommodation, it’s a holistic approach that needs to be taken in terms of finding the best overall solution for the situation. Duty of care and health and safety are always going to be the main priorities, but these aspects transcend across both fleet management and travel management and so are easily integrated. In addition to this, low carbon strategies are almost as important as the cost savings involved, but you can look to achieve both with a well thought out approach.

By considering the CO₂ emissions for each mode of transport you can look to determine the best mode of transport for each situation. There may well be a trade off in terms of comfort or travel time, but in general by looking to introduce more environmentally-friendly modes of transport or use of fuel you can also make savings on the bottom line.

In essence corporates are moving from analysing the total cost of ownership in managing their fleet of vehicles to the total cost of mobility. However, in order for mobility management to truly succeed, there must be viable alternatives to company-provided vehicles. A well-connected public transportation network as well as cloud-based platforms and booking tools to integrate an end-to-end solution needs to be developed to keep up with other European countries who are able to manage nearly every aspect of corporate mobility.

Written by Paul Fincham.

Paul has 24 years’ experience in the motor insurance industry and has a wealth of knowledge in this area. As Motor Fleet Broker for Bluedrop Services, Paul specialises in Motor Fleet Insurance and offers advice and support to customers managing Motor Fleets with a commitment to the environment and advising how to reduce your fleet insurance premiums through sustainability policies.

 

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy

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Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands

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Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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