SSE and Centrica have outlined their commitment to a carbon-free future by pledging acceleration to greener vehicles by 2030.
Both of these major energy suppliers have pledged to electrify their fleets, joining The Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative that aims to make electric vehicles ‘the new normal’ by the end of the next decade.
It follows a wave of recent commitments to reducing carbon emissions in light of even more information that reveals just how drastic the changes need to be to tackle the climate emergency.
In recent months, the outgoing Prime Minister has committed the UK to eradicating its net contribution to climate change, which will see the alteration of the Climate Change Act 2008.
Elsewhere, major cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh are aiming to become the UK’s first net-zero cities, and now, major energy suppliers are joining the fight.
SSE has the seventh largest fleet in the UK and through the EV100 initiative, it will switch 3,500 of its vehicles to electric, whilst also installing charging points for all 21,000 employees to use.
Brian McLaren, SSE Director of Group Change, confirmed the role the energy supplier is going to play in the quest to reduce harmful emissions in vehicles.
He 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.
“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.”
Centrica, the owner of British Gas, has also committed to the EV100 global initiative that brings together those companies committed to accelerating the transition towards electric vehicles.
Its 12,500-strong fleet of vehicles will be electric by 2030, continuing the trend which has seen more than one million electric miles clocked over the last half decade.