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SOGO takes a lead with Scope 3

Certification required the full commitment of the team at SOGO and the cooperation of the company’s supply chain. The verification was completed by an independent auditor and enables the company to comprehensively monitor its carbon emissions as a business. 
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September 22, 2023

LEASING and fleet specialist SOGO has achieved Scope 3 emissions, making it one of the first in the mobility sector to secure the environmental standard.

The certification required the full commitment of the team at SOGO and the cooperation of the company’s supply chain. The verification was completed by an independent auditor and enables the company to comprehensively monitor its carbon emissions as a business.

Scope 3 is widely recognised as the most challenging as it considers the emissions up and down an organisation’s supply chain that aren’t immediately related to the business, for instance, from the goods it purchases from its suppliers to the products its clients use.

Managing Director Karl Howkins said: “SOGO aims to lead the industry in sustainable mobility. We must lower the CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere by ensuring that companies can trial BEVs and PHEVs on our flexible terms to ensure we constantly help other fleet operators reduce their carbon footprint. Our innovative partnership with the bp Target Neutral Programme ensures that when a BEV isn’t suitable for fleet operators, the carbon emissions of every mile driven in a SOGO vehicle are offset.

“It took a huge amount of work to achieve Scope 3, but we are committed to making a difference and helping our customers on their journeys towards sustainability. Despite most legislators’ confusion about the best way to reduce emissions globally, we remain committed to challenging the conventional thinking that sees BEV as the only solution. PHEV, DHEV, hydrogen, and E fuels all have a part to play in our sustainable mobility-driven future.”

SOGO has developed a comprehensive range of services that makes it easy to move to an electric or very low-emission vehicle. For those instances where an EV isn’t suitable, it helps customers measure, reduce and offset their carbon emissions.

Howkins added: “SOGO continues to grow quickly because it has innovation and sustainability in its DNA. The use of advanced technologies to improve the customer experience and a focus on sustainability enables it to provide something exceptional in the market. The lessons we have learned on our journey to net zero are hugely valuable to its customers and the wider industry.”

 

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Chris Wright

Chris Wright

Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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