National Air Traffic Services car scheme targets low emissions

National Air Traffic Services (Nats) introduced a salary sacrifice car scheme in March 2012 as part of a wider programme to support its 4,500 employees in making low-emission travel choices.

Ian Jopson, head of environment for the air traffic management organisation, says: “Economic conditions are difficult across all industries today, but our focus remains on finding innovative solutions to support our staff in driving down our carbon footprint.”

The scheme, provided by Zenith, caps vehicle emissions at 120g/km, which increases the savings available to staff: the lower a car’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the lower the benefit-in-kind tax payable.

Since the scheme’s launch, more than 200 new cars have been ordered. The average CO2 emissions for all cars on order is 106g/km.

Jopson adds: “This is a great scheme because it gives us another way to reduce environmental impacts and it can save money too.”