SAP takes the environment from the end of company cars – technocrat

The success of the new company car procurement rules is well illustrated by the fact that, despite the grace period, only one in five car replacements comes into view with a conventional petrol-powered vehicle. The corporate fleet of premium cars has long been part of SAP Hungary’s image. The labor market attractiveness of company cars for workers is significant. In addition, SAP is one of the companies that manages its fleet, which currently consists of 650 cars, rather than leasing constructions.

“The review of the company car code was long overdue and we have made compliance with sustainability principles a priority. At the same time, we strived to develop a concept that is both livable and cost-effective for our employees. ”

– says Szabolcs Pintér, Managing Director of SAP Hungary.

It is a serious step towards environmental awareness

Ambitious targets have been set for greening: emissions per car will be halved in four years. This is, of course, a financial burden for the company, so it was also important to keep costs under control, which is why the company has introduced new, differentiated procurement limits from an environmental point of view. To achieve lower emissions, the fuel card helps to track consumption and annual budget usage.

The new regulation is based on two pillars. The value limits based on current market prices have been designed to allow the selection of a car with the same level of comfort for any driving mode within the category. This will make hybrids, plugin hybrids, and purely electric cars, which are typically more expensive than internal combustion engines, available within that category. In addition, it is important that the annual budget for fuel is significantly reduced, which, leaving the choice open, shifts workers towards lower-consumption models. If someone exceeds this limit, they will already have to pay the excess. However, the company’s headquarters provide unlimited electric charging for suitable cars; the option is also available to those who use their own car.

By the way, SAP Hungary expects that the number of kilometers spent commuting will decrease as work from home increases, and in the case of cars with electric charging, part or all of the consumption will come from electricity purchased free of charge at the workplace.

“Achieving the emission reduction target will be greatly helped if we can also reduce the number of kilometers traveled by car”

– says Szabolcs Pintér. The solution is not always the car provided by the company: if someone does not request it, they can also receive compensation and use the coupons they receive as a cafeteria to use a car-sharing service. And those who prefer to ride on two wheels can take advantage of the company’s free bicycle fleet, which also includes electric models. In addition, SAP is already planning to participate in the tax-subsidized bicycle purchase program.

There is a good solution for everyone

The new structure also takes into account the family situation of the employees. For example, a family with three children needs a more spacious car, which is also typically more expensive. The company therefore supports those concerned with another significant discount, which is even higher for more environmentally friendly cars. When designing the range, care was also taken to make available a model with a rear seat that can accommodate three child seats next to each other.

The hybrids are stored

Prior to the introduction of the regulation, green cars accounted for less than 1 percent of the fleet. The new regulation came into force on July 1, 2021, but for a flexible transition, workers will still have a grace period until October 1. During the pandemic, the replacement of many cars was postponed anyway, and workers typically waited until the rules were introduced. Thus, in the last few months, a decision has been made to replace more than 12 percent of the fleet. The popularity of the concept is evidenced by the fact that no one ordered diesel on these fresh orders, with electric cars representing 14%, plugin hybrids another 25 per cent and plain hybrids 40 per cent. Only the remaining 20% ​​chose a car running exclusively on internal combustion gasoline.

They are also greening beyond the fleet

In addition to greening company car purchases, SAP has introduced environmentally conscious solutions in many other areas. Even more emphasis has been placed on selective waste collection and making even better use of the energy potential of an otherwise modern office building. The company has become much more economical in terms of water and lighting by installing various sensors and timers. Of course, they disposed of disposable plastics from office areas, but they also found a solution with the operators of the canteens and cafes most visited by workers to introduce recycled materials and prefer their own coffee mugs and food barrels. The Humus Association has been consulted on these issues, and the change has included training for cleaners, kitchens, and other non-SAP employees. “It’s generally true for SAP to plan, calculate, track, and analyze everything. Nor would we have been if we had not had this awareness of the issue of sustainability. Thus, we can prove with concrete evidence that environmental awareness pays off, it does not impair our comfort, and we can live with the changes in the long run, so it is really sustainable, ”concludes Szabolcs Pintér.

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