30 Aug 21

Emission accounting: a data-based effort

As the number – and the creativity – of sustainability slogans exponentially increases, most corporate Fleet & Mobility managers are preparing strategies to break down the emission goals of their employers and figure out how these goals can be achieved within their category. 

Replacing ICE with electric is undeniably a step in the right direction. Reducing mileage, and therefore fuel consumption by implementing mobility where possible, is also recommendable. Nonetheless, the validity of the business case is at risk when the metrics are incorrect. And this is where things go dramatically wrong.


Sustainability is typically baselined by multiplying the emissions of the fleet with its mileage, or even by converting the liters of fuel CO2 grams to deliver an acceptable guesstimate of consolidated CO2 emissions. If we’re totally honest with ourselves however, the quality of our emission baselines is, at best, “approximate.” 

More complexity to come

In the background however, “emission accounting” is being developed and the bad news is: it’s complex. Many companies are adhering to the science-based targets (SBT) methodology, which implies that not only CO2 emissions will need to be measured, but also, amongst other, N20, CH4. 

And it doesn’t stop there. Emissions will need to be categorized and land in either of SBT’s three tiers, which means – long story short – that, at some point in time, the emissions generated by commuting, business and private mileage will need to be separated and reported as part of the correct scope. 

Taking action

To provide this level of detail, the Fleet & Mobility manager needs to be able to measure and record a more complex dataset than is the case today. The challenges come down to:

  • Collecting mileage data and car data globally
  • Recording fuel and electricity data globally
  • Categorizing data according to vehicle utilization (commuting, business, private)
  • Delivering a consolidated and global emission report that corresponds to SBT standards

Providing an answer

The OviDrive technology has been developed to solve the complexity of exactly this type of requirement. By delivering connectivity to the vehicle and to its driver, the OviDrive fleet management system captures every datapoint required for SBT-compatible reporting. In addition, OviDrive’s trained SBT consultants can help you developing a customised roadmap to your sustainability goals.

If you want to learn more about how OviDrive can help you reach your sustainability goals, and do it right, reach out to us by email contact@ovidrive.com