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Development Manager, Sustainable Mobility Marian Granlund: Guiding decision makers towards Sustainable driving

Secto has strengthened its commitment to sustainability by introducing a new role designed to help companies speed up their transition to low-emission driving. After an extensive search, Secto identified the ideal candidate within the organisation: Marian Granlund assumed the role of Development Manager, Sustainable Mobility in 2023. Granlund explains her role: “I visit companies with Secto salespeople to discuss sustainable driving. I support the transition to sustainable driving by offering know-how and best practices to our customers.”

Granlund’s role also includes introducing customers to new tools that simplify their daily operations. “We’ve designed tools for emission reporting, total cost of owner-ship (TCO) calculations, and modelling the future carbon footprint of vehicle fleets. We actively listen to our customers and strive to improve our tools based on their evolving needs,” says Granlund. In fact, Secto developed the Decarbon Tool based on a discussion with a customer. “The company wanted to assess the changes in emissions and total costs of driving when transitioning to low-emission vehicles. Our excellent IT team at Secto then built this tool from scratch.”

In response to customer needs, Secto also created a tool for comparing electric vehicles. “Car policies often define the framework for procurement. With the comparison tool, the car user or the decision maker can directly see what cars align with their specific requirements. We also help build car policies, as many companies still compare cars the old-fashioned way by looking at the purchase price instead of considering the total costs of driving. When companies renew their contracts, they often realise that electric cars are the most cost-effective. As the world changes, so should car policies,” explains Granlund.

Secto stands as a pioneer in providing information on transitioning to sustainable driving: the above mentioned tools are not offered by any other players in the automotive industry. Over the past three years, Secto has almost fully electrified its employee benefit vehicle fleet. Based on its own experiences, Secto can advise other companies on how to make the transition. “We also publish a lot of information for car users on our website. This helps new electric car users become familiar with charging and other aspects of electric driving,” says Granlund.

What especially inspires Granlund in her work is the opportunity to influence companies vehicle acquisitions, support the shift to sustainable driving, and contribute to climate change. “There’s no need to change the entire vehicle fleet all at once — even small changes make a big impact. But now is the time to act, not just talk about the future.”