British businesses will be required to provide a detailed report of their greenhouse gas emissions from 2013, following the passing of a new ruling designed to put the environmental performance of fleets under more intense scrutiny. The United Kingdom is to become the first country to make it compulsory for firms to provide emissions data for their entire organisation, including cars and vans, for annual reports. In the ruling's infancy it will affect only 1,000 businesses listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange from next April. However, the regulations will be reviewed in 2015 during which ministers will decide whether to extend the approach to all large firms in 2016. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, said: "British companies need to reduce their harmful emissions for the benefit of the planet, but many back our plans because being energy efficient makes good business sense too. "It saves businesses money on energy bills, improves their reputation with customers and helps them manage long-term costs." This heightened level of bureaucracy arrives following the addition of the Carbon Reduction Commitment, the Government's newly adopted environmental tax that the Treasury plans to introduce across the board in 2013. Within this tax emissions generated by transport were not included; therefore this latest legislation will impact upon fleets more with the environmental performance of cars, vans and trucks placed firmly on centre stage. Mark Chessman, commercial director with responsibility for sustainability at Lex Autolease, said: "Fleet managers must prompt board members to sit up and take notice, because the process of changing the fleet mix and its governing policy will take time. "This will be a serious undertaking, requiring an important and active role for the fleet manager in many organisations." In order to help fleet managers keep on top of the condition and energy efficiency of their vehicles at IT Fleet Automotive we continue to invest in technology and training to ensure we provide cost-effective, high quality vehicle appraisal. All vehicles are checked by fully trained inspectors, so you can depend on our inspection and advice. Give our friendly team a call today on 01473 313057 and discuss your fleet vehicle requirements or drop us a line using our online enquiry form.