In a move to drastically reduce their carbon footprint, British Gas and SSE have committed to switch their cars and vans over from petrol/diesel to electric by 2030.
That’s a decade sooner that the UK government’s ban on the sale of new combustion engine vehicles which is coming into force in 2040.
The two companies have joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, a global initiative that aims to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.
How many vehicles?
12,500 British Gas vans will be electric by 2030, as well as 3,500 SSE vehicles. SSE has also said it will be installing charge points for its 21,000 employees.
Helen Clarkson, chief executive of 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.”
Brian McLaren, a director at SSE, said the pledges were part of the company’s ambition to “deliver low carbon infrastructure in a sustainable way”. “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,” he said.
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