Mitie has launched a new Plan Zero City Landscaping Service specifically designed to limit the environmental impact on cities and urban areas.
The service will support customers with net-zero ambitions by guaranteeing zero landfill waste, zero single-use plastic and will only operate electric vehicles and battery-powered equipment.
The launch is another step towards Mitie achieving its Plan Zero commitment of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2025.
This is the 550th electric vehicle, meaning that Mitie is three-quarters of the way to meeting its 20 per cent by 2020 goal.
The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service is designed to deliver sustainable services for customers with net-zero carbon ambitions, by helping to reduce emissions in high-pollution areas of towns and cities.
The service uses only electric vehicles (EV), battery-powered equipment, such as electric trimmers, leaf blowers and lawnmowers, commits to using no single-use plastic and will generate zero landfill waste. This is part of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to champion sustainable services for customers, as well as reaching its own net-zero carbon emissions target by 2025.
The service will use a Mercedes e-Vito electric van. This has been custom-fitted with solar panels on its roof to generate renewable energy, which will be used to charge the battery-powered landscaping equipment without affecting the charge of the van’s own battery. With all EV charge points at Mitie sites already powered by renewable energy, the van and tools will be truly zero-emission, bringing Mitie closer to its 2025 net-zero carbon emissions objective.
The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service has also replaced all chemicals, such as pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, with environmentally friendly techniques, such as hand weeding, to reduce further the effect on the environment. In addition to this, the service uses only sustainable working practices, including maintaining flexible work schedules to help reduce traffic in the cities at peak times and eliminating all single-use plastic by replacing plastic bags with reusable polypropylene refuse collection satchels and rack sacks.
The service will also focus on helping clients to improve the ecology of their surroundings by providing expert advice and actions to enhance biodiversity in the communities where they are based. This could include wildflower planting to encourage pollinators or creating ‘green walls’.
Drawing on Mitie Waste’s experience and expertise, the Plan Zero Landscaping Service also uses sustainable waste management techniques to ensure that it sends zero waste to landfill. This includes reducing environmental impact by eliminating the creation of waste in the first place, as well as improving recycling rates. Any general waste that is produced will be processed into heat and power. Meanwhile, green waste will be sent to anaerobic digestion plants to be turned into methane, liquid fertiliser and compost to be used in a number of industries, including natural gas power and farming.
The Plan Zero City Landscaping Service is being trialled in London and will be rolled out to other major cities across the UK later this year.
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