Promediacal Joona Pulliainen

ProMedical: Reducing CO₂ emissions and driving costs with Secto tools

ProMedical is a health technology company that distributes and imports medical devices for both public and private healthcare sectors across Finland.

With key account managers travelling hundreds of thousands of kilometres annually to meet clients, the company identified driving as its main source of carbon emissions. ProMedical partnered with Secto to make its vehicle fleet more sustainable, with the Decarbon Tool playing a crucial role in the collaboration.

In recent years, ProMedical updated its quality and environmental management systems to meet ISO standards, earning ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental certifications in 2023. “We considered areas where we could further improve our sustainability, and identified driving as the main focus. Our key account managers travel up to 65,000 kilometres annually, so transitioning to a low-emission vehicle fleet significantly reduces our carbon dioxide emissions,” explains ProMedical CEO Joona Pulliainen.

Promedical partnered with Secto in the spring of 2023, with Secto’s transition planning tools—like the Decarbon Tool and Electric Vehicle Comparison Tool—playing a pivotal role in the decision-making process. ProMedical now has nine company cars and one large van for maintenance trips. “Using Secto’s Decarbon Tool, we assessed our current fleet’s CO₂ emissions and began projecting how our carbon footprint would decrease by replacing combustion engine cars with low-emission, fully electric, and plug-in hybrid cars,” says Pulliainen.

“The Decarbon Tool’s analysis showed that we could reduce our CO₂ emissions by up to 87% in four years while cutting total costs by 7%. Our current emissions of 2,668 CO₂ kg/month would drop to 367 CO₂ kg/month, resulting in a cumulative reduction for the entire period of over 60,000 CO₂ kg,” continues Pulliainen.

ProMedical Joona Pulliainen

According to the Decarbon Tool’s analysis, transitioning to low-emission vehicles could lead to a 7% decrease in over- all driving costs, making the decision to switch easy. ProMedical aims to have a 100% low-emission vehicle fleet by the end of 2025, gradually replacing combustion engine cars with electric ones as old car contracts expire. “Currently, through Secto, we have two low-emission cars on lease, and we’ll add four fully electric cars in 2024. Achieving a fully low-emission vehicle fleet requires a large van suitable for our needs to enter the market, but I’m confident that will happen soon,” says Pulliainen.

At the start of the collaboration, Secto helped ProMedical update its car policy, which had been in place since 2002. The new car policy now favours fully electric cars. “Transparency is important as the company grows. Now, the rules and procedures regarding the costs of purchasing and using a car are clear to everyone. When it’s time to change a car, employees can explore options within the agreed mobility range from Secto’s Electric Vehicle Comparison Tool. Having access to all car brands through Secto is a welcomed feature,” says Pulliainen.

Overall, Pulliainen is satisfied with the collaboration with Secto. “During the selection process, we checked that Secto’s quality and environmental standards aligned with ours. But the decision can’t only be based on processes; our values are also aligned with Secto’s, and their customer service has been exceptionally good. By taking over vehicle fleet management, Secto allows us to focus more on our core work.”

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