Refurbishment and fit-out specialist McGill is implementing changes to align with the Scottish Government’s bid to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
The Dundee-based refurbishment and fit-out specialist is investing in its fleet of electric vehicles as part of its zero carbon strategy.
McGill has a long-term commitment to sustainability, having created an Eco Division known for its renewables expertise. The company installed a wind turbine at its Harrison Road base several years ago, and in 2020 fitted a number of electric vehicle charging points, which has speeded up the process of electrifying its vehicle fleet.
Its staff are currently using three electric cars and one electric van to visit clients and travel to sites right across Scotland. The company intends to continually grow the EV fleet to double it by the end of 2021.
Errol Lawrie, managing director, said: “The Scottish Government’s commitment to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 is a signal that all organisations need to make real changes, starting right now.
“The construction industry is going to bear a lot of the responsibility for cutting emissions, as domestic and commercial buildings will all need to be designed and built sustainably. As well as that, existing infrastructure will have to be decarbonised; for example, as replacement renewable technologies become more mainstream, we are installing increasing numbers of air and ground source heat pumps to replace the traditional boiler in homes and public sector buildings.
“McGill is already known as a company with expertise and proven track in renewables such as solar panels and air source heat pumps. It’s also hugely important to us to play our part in building a greener society. For now, it feels great to begin making real changes such as our wind turbine and electric vehicle fleet, as well as putting plans into place for more initiatives such as installing solar panels and a solar battery system. All of these changes really add up to a genuine commitment to change how we operate as a business.”