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ENGIE joins with other large van fleet operators to launch Clean Van Commitment to tackle air quality in cities
16 of the UK’s largest fleet operators, including ENGIE are responding to the issue of poor air quality caused by vans in cities across the country by signing the Clean Van Commitment and together investing an initial £40 million over the next 2 years to drive the increase in use of electric vans.
Background to the Clean Van Commitment:
The DfT backed Clean Van Commitment, led by Global Action Plan in partnership with ENGIE currently has 16 businesses signed up including ENGIE, Tesco, Anglian Water, Leeds City Council, Network Rail and Yorkshire Ambulance Service representing some of the UK’s largest van fleets operators.
The commitment made by each of the inaugural signatories includes two targets. The first target is an immediate commitment to switching a proportion of their fleet by 2020 and a longer-term commitment to deliver zero tailpipe emissions by 2028. To date this means a collective commitment to source 2,400 electric vans, rising to a total of 18,000 vans if sufficient charging infrastructure and competitively priced electric vans are available by 2028. It is hoped that the move will not only help bring down the price of new electric vans, but that it will stimulate the second hand EV market in 4-6 years which is especially helpful for the 2 million independent van owners who want to protect the communities they serve from air pollution.
ENGIE’s CVC pledges:
ENGIE has pledged that by 2020, 20% of the company’s UK fleet will be electric. ENGIE will introduce 395 electric vehicles across its UK business – 300 of which will be vans. In addition, the business will also ensure that none of its 1,800 UK vehicle fleet is diesel by 2025. These commitments are aligned with the Clean Van Commitment aim of becoming tailpipe emission free in cities by 2028. To date, ENGIE’s EV programme which began in 2017 is on-track to meet its targets.
Beyond the adoption of EV vehicles, ENGIE is also investing more than £600,000 into building an infrastructure to support these new electric vehicles, including charging points at its key UK offices, customer sites and in the homes of their employees.
As ENGIE’s Corporate Responsibility and Environment Director, Jamie Quinn commented:
“At ENGIE we want to be leaders in green mobility and air quality solutions and committing to clean vans in our fleet is one way to make this happen. As well as making long-term financial sense for the business, the driving factor behind these commitments was the need to address poor air quality in urban areas, helping to improve peoples’ living and working environments. Crucially, ENGIE delivers services across many towns and cities in the UK and therefore has the ability to make a real difference. Switching ENGIE’s UK fleet to EVs will have an immediate positive impact on the communities the company serves and where its drivers work and live”.
Bex Bolland, Head of Air Quality, Global Action Plan said:
“The CVC launch marks a significant moment for the UK’s van sector. For the first time, we know just how quickly van fleet leaders aim to adopt electric vehicles. Their collective purchasing commitments show manufacturers that demand is thriving, and will help energy sector, local authority and central government planning. These 16 fleets will pave the way for the national fleet of 4 million vans to become zero emission, significantly improving the air we all breathe.”
For further details on the Clean Van Commitment and information on how to get involved, please visit Clean Van Commitment.
Notes to Editors:
Global Action Plan, a charity inspiring practical action for our environment, is the organiser of the Clean Van Commitment.
List of companies signed up to Clean Van Commitment:
Abel & Cole, Anglian Water, DEFRA Group Fleet Service, ENGIE, Gateshead Council, Leeds City Council, London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Network Rail, Northern Gas, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Council and Direct Services,
Tesco, United Utilities, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Water.