Commercial fleets pledge to transition to EVs

posted by Lucy Patchett
8 July 2019

Three UK firms are the latest to sign up to a global initiative that seeks to electrify all vehicles by 2030.

Energy firms Centrica and SSE and facilities management company Mitie have committed to replace their commercial fleets with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, representing 21,000 vehicles, under The Climate Group’s global initiative EV100.

Simon King, fleet and procurement director at Mitie, said: “We want to drive change in the facilities management industry and this is an important step in the effort to combat climate change. We want to ensure our sizeable fleet is as green and sustainable as possible and show other companies making the switch to electric vehicles is the right thing for their people, the planet and their pockets.”

Mitie’s fleet makes up 93% of its carbon footprint and it has pledged to change its 5,300 fleet to EVs, "subject to the availability and affordability of the right vehicles and charging infrastructure”. It will also install 800 new charging stations at its offices, client locations and employees’ homes.

Centrica will replace its fleet of 12,500 with EVs. As the third largest commercial fleet in the UK, Centrica represents a large proportion of carbon emissions. 

SSE, operating the seventh largest fleet, has also committed to change 3,500 vehicles and install electric charging points for employees. The energy provider has also agreed to the EP100 initiative to double energy productivity by 2030 by investing in $15.4m in energy efficiency solutions, including digitalisation and cloud-based computing. This has resulted in a 22% reduction of energy use at data centre sites since 2016, and annual cost savings of approximately $3.7m.

Brian McLaren, director of group change at SSE, said that low transport carbon emissions are critical for meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.

“As a major fleet operator and property occupier across the UK and Ireland, the commitments being made through EV100 and EP100 are in line with SSE’s ambition to deliver low carbon infrastructure in a sustainable way,” he added.

So far 49 companies around the world have signed up to EV100 since it was launched in 2017.

Helen Clarkson, CEO at The Climate Group, said: “With demand for clean transport on the up, energy companies are looking to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure as the next frontier of investment in the clean and flexible energy system. There are huge business opportunities for those who get ahead first.”

This follows a call-out for big businesses to join The Climate Group’s global sustainability initiatives, including EV100, EP100, and RE100, as part of London Climate Action Week (1-8 July).

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