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SMS sets target to become carbon neutral by 2030

Energy Infrastructure company, SMS, has set the target to become carbon neutral by the end of the 2030.

The company’s net-zero carbon roadmap, which is to be carried out in line with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Hierarchy, will be realised by the increased adoption of renewable on-site generation and battery storage to power the group’s UK and Ireland estate and the transition of its nationwide fleet to electric vehicles (EVs), said SMS.

SMS’ net-zero 2030 plan builds on existing efforts to enhance operational sustainability and the low-carbon solutions it delivers to the market.

In 2020, SMS mitigated more than 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions (TCO2e) through the installation of smart meters for energy suppliers, as well as the net-zero strategy and energy efficiency services it carries out for industrial, commercial, and public sector clients.

Alongside smart meters, SMS also finances and delivers other distributed CaRe technology assets – including renewable generation, battery storage, and EV charging infrastructure.

In 2020, SMS launched an EV charging offering for the UK public sector, after becoming a supplier on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Solutions framework.

SMS recently announced its arrival in the grid-scale energy storage market with two new projects to develop a combined 90MW of capacity by the end of 2021.

Alan Foy, CEO of SMS, said: “For more than two decades, SMS has played a pivotal role in the ongoing transformation of the UK’s energy system through our services, including the installation of smart meters and our longstanding energy and carbon reduction solutions.

“To further address the urgency of tackling climate change and the need to limit global warming to 1.5° Celsius, we are today committing to become a carbon neutral company by 2030. Our long-term ambition, however, does not end there.

“On reaching this net-zero goal at the end of the decade, our aim is to thereafter become a carbon negative business by targeting Scope 3 carbon reductions across our entire value chain.”

SMS Net-Zero 2030 - Carbon Roadmap

  • 2021 – All internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles at the end of their lifecycle replaced with plug-in hybrid electric
  • vehicles (PHEV) or pure electric vehicles (EV) where possible
  •  2021 – Commence rollout of renewable energy installation and efficiency upgrades at key buildings
  • 2025 – All domestic fleet will have transitioned to PHEV and EV or adhere to maximum of 60g CO2/km per vehicle
  • 2030 – All domestic and commercial fleet to have transitioned to EV and will emit 0g CO2/km
  • 2030 – All remaining core sites to have renewable generation, fabric, and energy efficiency upgrades completed
  • >2030 – SMS to become a carbon negative business through reducing Scope 3 carbon emissions across its entire value chain

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