Topic People, Sustainability
Date 24 Sep 2021
Galliford Try, one of the UK’s leading construction groups, announces that it has committed to providing only electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for its company car fleet.
The step is one of the crucial measures taken to ensure that the company will meet its target of reaching zero carbon across its operations by 2030.
The Group currently leases approximately 1,000 vehicles for use by employees, of which 37% are already electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids electric vehicles (PHEVs) – the considerable majority of which are full EVs. So far in 2021, 88% of new orders were EV or PHEV, and from now on any new company car selected by a member of staff will be from these groups, eliminating solely diesel and petrol use vehicles entirely.
The commitment to reaching zero carbon by 2030 is part of Galliford Try’s refreshed Sustainable Growth Strategy, which was unveiled last week. With the widespread promotion of its Smart and Agile Working programmes, the business continues to focus on bringing down travel costs, together with maximising the new ways of working established and adopted during the pandemic.
The business is already well advanced on its carbon reduction journey, having reduced carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (Scope 1, 2 and operational Scope 3) by 62% from 2012 to 2020. In the car fleet alone, emissions have decreased to an average of 77g/km from 133g/km over the same period.
Bill Hocking, Chief Executive of Galliford Try, commented: “This is one step among many as we make progress towards our 2030 zero carbon target. The fantastic adoption of EV and PHEV alternatives by our people so far has allowed us to take this next step and make sure our fleet is as environmentally-friendly as it possibly can be as we go forward.”