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We used electric vehicles to save 11.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions

25th January 2021

We put sustainability at the heart of everything we do and know that being efficient has big benefits for organisations. As we move towards a greener future, there are many ways businesses can make a positive difference.

By 2030 electric vehicles (EVs) will become the norm, but many people are still new to the many advantages of electrifying your fleet. Even without the financial benefits, they represent going above and beyond in terms of taking steps to reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

So, we knew EVs needed to be part of our own zero carbon journey. We looked at our offices in Northampton and Ipswich to find as many ways as we could to become more carbon-neutral. In the process we identified EVs as a great way to make sure our business was sustainable at every junction.

Why electric vehicles?

One of the most overwhelming EV benefits is environmental and their ability to help improve local air quality.

Fully electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids driven in electric mode, produce no harmful tailpipe emissions. That means no carbon dioxide (CO2), no nitrogen oxide (NOx), and no particulates (atmospheric aerosol particles).

Adam Hall Head of EV, Drax

EVs can really help your business meet its sustainability goals. And this is especially true if you’re generating your own renewable energy to charge them.

Adam Hall

These harmful particles in the atmosphere all count towards your business’s “Scope 1 emissions” – emissions caused directly by your organisation’s activities.

Emissions data indicates that the transport sector accounts for an estimated 33% of all carbon dioxide emissions – a large proportion of which is from road travel. So, an easy way for companies to cut their carbon is by electrifying their transport.

On the route to carbon-zero

As part of our drive to make our own businesses more sustainable, we’d already invested in solar panels and battery storage. This meant that our next logical step was to invest in EVs.

We worked with our Electric Vehicles team to install seven charging bays across the two offices. We connected these charging points to our building’s solar supply to guarantee a carbon-neutral charging infrastructure.

There’s a wide range of choices available for electric vehicle connection and installation partners. The team worked hard to ensure that the choice we made was the most efficient and cost-effective solution for our needs. They also took steps to future-proof the project by ensuring that our infrastructure allowed for additional charge points to be added as needed. By factoring this into our initial plans we adhered to the best practice of only digging up the ground once, which minimised disruption to our business practices.

We made these charging points free of charge for our employees and any visitors to our offices to encourage uptake and promote our goal of a net-zero future.

The results

  • In 2019, our EV charging points dispensed 14MWh of electricity across both sites
  • In the same time period, we logged 950 charging sessions, showing significant use by colleagues and office visitors alike
  • In this time period, we saved over 11.5 tonnes of CO2e from our roads by using EVs instead of diesels.

How can we help you?

We saw incredible success across our two offices and want to recreate this feat with businesses all over the UK.

If you’d like to reduce your carbon emissions and electrify your company’s vehicles, we’ve got a team that can help.

Enjoy life in the fast lane to net zero.

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