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Our Decade of Action: Movement of People

Guy Mercer, EMR Sustainability Director

Guy Mercer

2020-11-26
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With the growth in renewable electricity generation, a greater shift to electric vehicles and major changes to the way that we work and travel in the wake of the pandemic, the environment has had an opportunity to breathe a little.

Using renewable electricity and electric vehicles provides a tremendous opportunity to make a difference and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst industry in general has work to do in order to bring electric and other low/zero carbon technologies to bulk transport of goods (e.g. Heavy Goods Vehicles), we are confident that future options will be developed.

EMR is therefore pleased to act on its commitment to transition its personal transport and smaller commercial vehicles to electric alternatives within the next ten years, a key action in our journey to carbon neutrality.

Why?

Electric vehicles are not only cheaper to run, but they also reduce impact on air quality. When charged by renewable energy sources, they reduce our dependence upon conventional fuels that contribute to climate change.

As green technology continues to develop at a fast pace, personal vehicles are becoming more efficient and convenient.

More than 136,000+ pure-electric cars are now operating on UK roads, reducing the carbon footprint of the country by hundreds of thousands of tonnes a year. Cutting harmful emissions is crucial in order to protect our planet and lower air pollution.

Reducing unnecessary commutes across our workforce saves everyone time and money while also reducing overall carbon emissions. Supporting our colleagues to utilise flexible and remote working environments is part of the solution.

Calculations from consultancy WSP Global show that working from home rather than the office in summer saves around 400kg of carbon emissions- the equivalent of 5% of a typical British commuter's annual carbon footprint.

Our commitment

As members of the Climate Group’s EV100 pledge, we’ve committed to switching 100% of our fleet vehicles, 100% of our light commercial vehicles and 50% of our small heavy goods vehicles to green alternatives by 2030. This includes options such as battery-electric, plug-in extended-range hybrids or hydrogen vehicles.

We are also continually reviewing how we work as a business, to minimise unnecessary travel and adopt flexible working practices. Combined, we believe that this will have an appreciable positive impact.

As such, we’ve set a clear roadmap for the next ten years to ensure we meet our goals.

What we've done so far


EMR is currently in the process of reviewing its mobility policies in order to facilitate the transition of its fleet of cars and light commercial vehicles over to electric as soon as practical and commensurate with business needs.

We have arranged for the supply of renewable electricity supplies to the majority of our UK sites, ready to enable the charging of vehicles with renewable electricity.

In conjunction with the above, we are reviewing our company vehicle policy to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles by those who qualify for a company car or company car allowance.

If you would like a copy of EMR's Sustainable Business Strategy (Our Decade of Action), you can download it here.