FM companies Mitie and SPIE UK have both announced new schemes on their business roadmaps to slashing fleet vehicle carbon emissions by 2025.
Mitie is supporting UK insurance, pensions and investment company Royal London with its sustainability strategy by installing the first 10 electric vehicle (EV) charge points at its offices in Alderley Park.
The move is part of Mitie’s objective to help public and private sector organisations reach net-zero. In addition to initial installation, the company will maintain the units. Mitie is also helping Royal London to monitor charge point use to track trends to determine the pace of future charging infrastructure investment.
Mitie has already installed about 850 charge points for clients across the UK and Ireland, covering a wide range of sites including offices and manufacturing facilities in addition to more than 1,000 charge points installed at its own sites and at employees’ homes to support its commitment to switch its whole fleet of 7,100 vehicles to electric by 2025.
The EV drive forms part of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to use its sustainability, energy and fleet management expertise to aid public and private sector organisations to realise their decarbonisation targets. In July 2020, Mitie launched its Plan Zero Fleet Transition Service to help customers transition to electric and manage their charge point infrastructure.
Mitie also launched a white paper on EV charge point infrastructure, outlining key factors that companies should consider when designing charge point programmes. This includes an explanation of the different ownership and billing models for charge points as well as grants available for businesses to fund their fleet decarbonisation plans.
Pradyumna Pandit, managing director of sustainability and energy services at Mitie, said: “Climate change is a fight we cannot win alone, so we’re using our energy management and zero emission fleet expertise to support our customers in reaching their own sustainability goals. From the design and installation of charge points to engineering maintenance and optimisation, we’re supporting our customers throughout their entire fleet electrification journey to help accelerate the decarbonisation of Britain and Ireland.”
Darren Smith, Royal London’s head of group procurement & estates, added: “We’re committed to playing our part in the fight against climate change. To help reach our climate pledges and reduce our operational emissions, we’ve worked with Mitie to install electric vehicle-charging points in our Alderley Park office. We’re encouraging all of our people to help play their part in reducing emissions in any way they can.”
SPIE UK has embarked on Its Future Fleet Strategy with 60 EVs, pursuing its plan to power 98 per cent of its fleet with alternative fuels by 2025.
The announcement coincides with the roll-out of 60 new Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles, the first in a series of roll-outs of alternative fuel vehicles across the SPIE UK business under the strategy.
The move is part of SPIE’s commitment across its business to reduce its impact on the environment, in line with its yearly integrated annual report. By adopting alternative fuel vehicles across its fleet, SPIE UK said it expects to reduce its emissions by about 20 per cent over the next year, and is estimating an 80 per cent cut by 2025.
The first vehicles to hit the road under the future fleet strategy will be 60 Nissan e-NV200 vans. SPIE said it chose the e-NV200 because it aligns with its operational requirements. Alongside the zero tailpipe emissions, the e-NV200 is also expected to deliver low operating costs, high efficiency and high-end levels of performance. The vehicles are powered by the same 40kWh battery as the Nissan LEAF, providing an operational range of 187 miles together with a maximum cargo capacity of over 450kg and four cubic metres-plus vehicle-to-grid charging technology. The vehicles will also be fitted with technologies to improve the safety, performance and ease of use of the vehicles – including autonomous braking, driver and passenger airbags, vehicle telemetry, 60mph speed limiter, front and rear-facing safety cameras and parking assistance sensors and cameras. The vehicles will also offer satellite navigation with live traffic displays and directions to nearby charging points.
Keith Atkins, head of fleet at SPIE UK, said: “Throughout the process, we have ensured that not only will the roll-out of alternative fuel vehicles work for our business but also our employees. Working with them to understand how we can make this change a sustainable part of their lives, as well as being a sustainable change for the planet, was incredibly important to us. We believe that the steps that we have put in place will ensure that SPIE UK will successfully play its part in a low-carbon future, and we look forward to working with our partners to achieve this.”
Andrea Patti, Nissan UK’s head of corporate sales said: “We applaud proactive organisations who are leading in this space and are very thankful to SPIE for choosing our brand.”