Microsoft trials mileage reports to monitor fleet CO2

Microsoft is trialling mileage reporting devices in company cars in a bid to educate its drivers about the number of miles they drive and the amount of carbon emissions they create.

The move will also give the software company an idea of the amount of damage its 4,000-strong fleet does to the environment by providing it with a figure for the fleet’s total carbon emissions.

The device monitors the exact number of miles that drivers cover over a certain period of time. They will receive an individual mileage figure, but this will not be passed on to Microsoft unless drivers agree.

The IT firm hopes that once drivers have a better understanding of the damage their cars are doing they will take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

Simon Heath, vendor services manager, HR at Microsoft, said: “If we want to reduce the [carbon footprint] we really need to know what it is first of all, and then look at what is reasonable to achieve.

“We want to raise awareness and actually get employees engaged in understanding what their carbon footprint is,” he added.

Microsoft’s mileage capture device is being provided by The Miles Consultancy.