Wates Property Services has geared up its commitment to eliminating carbon from operations by 2025 with the delivery of its first fleet of electric vehicles.
The 10 new fully electric vans will be used to support Wates’s repairs and maintenance service contracts across the country.
Wates has set itself to three targets to guarantee that it cuts its impact on the environment by 2025 – including net zero carbon emissions from its operations and operational vehicles, zero waste from on-site functions and to make a positive impression on nature from all operations.
Following this initial roll-out of electric vans, Wates will continue to work on switching to a fully electric fleet.
As part of its bid to become fully electric, Wates is investing in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure and will be installing electric vehicle-charging points at employees’ homes, and introducing charging facilities at the business’ offices and depots. Operatives will also receive driver induction training on using electric vehicles and charge points.
The group also plans to expand its presence in the housing retrofit sector, working with its clients to undertake retrofit programmes to help them achieve Energy Performance Certificate C ratings across their estates.
David Morgan, managing director of Wates Property Services, said: “Introducing our first fleet of electric vehicles is an important step for us and underpins our commitment to becoming completely net zero by 2025. If we can reduce emissions from our commercial vehicles, we can make a positive contribution to reducing our carbon footprint.
“Our vehicle fleet is intrinsic to our property services offering, and switching to fully electric vehicles will also help us to improve service delivery for our clients. We will continue to introduce more electric vehicles in the coming months.”
Wates launched its partnership with Energy Specifics in November 2020, to provide a fully compliant, carbon-reduction retrofitting service to provide landlords with the tools to deliver a ‘whole house’ energy-saving retrofit solution.
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