Centrica and SSE have become the latest firms, alongside facilities services company Mitie, to pledge to electrify their entire vehicle fleets by 2030.
The energy firms, which make up two of the Big Six, have joined the EV100 initiative, run by NGOs The Climate Group and CDP. Along with Mitie, they represent some of the UK’s biggest buyers of commercial vehicles, combining a total 21,000 vehicles.
Centrica, which owns British Gas, operates the third largest commercial fleet in the country, with 12,500 vehicles, according to The Climate Group, while SSE has the seventh largest and Mitie the 11th largest.
Helen Clarkson, CEO at The Climate Group, said: “These companies are sending a clear message that the direction of travel for transport is electric, inspiring their staff and customers to follow – every major business must do the same.”
SSE has committed to switching its fleet of 3,500 vehicles to electric by 2030, as well as installing EV charge points for its staff and recently announced it would close its last coal plant early next year.
It has also joined the EP100 campaign, with a target of doubling its energy productivity by 2030 from a 2010/11 baseline.
Brian McLaren, SSE director of group change, said: “Decarbonisation is at the heart of what we do and low carbon emissions from transport is critical if the UK is to meet its Net Zero targets.”
Mitie plans to move 20 per cent of its 3,500-strong small van and car fleet to electric and install 800 new charging points by the end of next year at its office and client locations and employee’s homes.
Simon King, Mitie’s fleet and procurement director, said: “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.
“It is challenging, but we all need to take responsibility for actions and commit to change.”
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