KPMG supports businesses and organizations in their quest to find sustainable mobility solutions and fix our traffic problems. The audit and consultancy firm decided to put theory into practice and put their own mobility plan to the test. After six months, KPMG employees have already managed to drive 880,000 fewer kilometers, which equates to a reduction of 100 metric tons of CO2 emissions for our country.
The federal government has implemented two separate systems, namely the Cash for Cars scheme and the mobility budget. According to Frank Vancamp, KPMG partner and Mobility Expert, the choice is clear. “Cash for Cars is a complete fiscal package with only limited effects, as the employer no longer has any incentive to manage mobility consumption themselves.”
KPMG therefore opted to include a true mobility solution in its plan that would allow employees to make their own choices on how to use the mobility-related portion of their salary. “We're not asking anyone to give up their company car. We are offering a system with day-to-day flexibility and allowing people to try out various alternatives. We encourage alternative transportation options, offering 5 Euros per day as an incentive. Those who opt for a smaller vehicle or refrain from using a company car completely can apply the savings to something else, such as an e-bike or extra vacation days,” explains Vancamp.
Peter Van de Velde, Mobility Manager at KPMG, adds: “Employees can choose from a broad range of mobility solutions: a car, public transport or a bike. They can also combine various options. Our people can manage their own mobility budget using the ‘ReFlex tool’ that we developed in-house. And that flexibility is necessary: sometimes our employees are at a client's premises or need to drop off the kids at school; in those cases, their car is essential. Other times, they are at the office all day and public transport is a great alternative to being stuck in traffic.”
Even so, a long-term mobility approach will only prove effective if employees actually have access to alternatives in practice. Koen Maerevoet, CEO of KPMG in Belgium: “That's why earlier this year, we moved to mobility hubs. Thanks to our new offices at Brussels Airport and Antwerp Berchem railway station, we now have direct connections to the public transport network. Our appeal to the government is to continue their commitment to further develop quality public transport. If they do so, both employers and employees will follow their lead.”
Half a year after the introduction of the mobility plan, Maerevoet is enthusiastic about the results: “Thanks to our employees who are actively helping to address our county's traffic issues, we have driven 880,000 fewer kilometers; which equates to a reduction of approximately 100 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Our example proves above all that sustainable mobility, economic concerns and ease of use do not have to be mutually exclusive and can even reinforce each other.”