SME work-related mobility. Greenhouse gas emission reduction potential of various target groups

The government aims to reduce CO2 emissions from work-related personal mobility (both business travel and commuting). This study for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Ministerie voor Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, I&W) provides insight into the climate impact of work-related personal mobility of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the potential to reduce these emissions.

The study answers the following research questions:

  1. What are the projected greenhouse gas emissions from work-related personal mobility of SMEs in 2022 and 2030?
  2. What is the potential to reduce these emissions with an effective policy approach that focuses on measures that SME employers can take?
  3. What are the differences between SME target groups and what measures work well for each target group?

According to this study, work-related personal mobility emissions from SMEs are currently 2.7 Mton CO2-eq. As a result of existing policies, these emissions are projected to be 2.1 Mton CO2-eq. by 2030. Through a broad package of measures, SME employers can potentially achieve reductions of 0.5 to 1.1 Mton of CO2-eq. In this study, we divided SMEs into nine target groups and analysed the potential effects of sustainable mobility policies for each target group.