Schneider Electric has set itself a deadline of electrifying its car fleet of 1,200 vehicles by 2025 as it aims to cut its carbon emissions.
To help drive the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) and the installation of at-home chargers, the company has launched a new sustainable company car scheme.
The scheme, says Schneider, has been designed by a dedicated project team that includes a driver focus group, tax and treasury, fleet, indirect procurement, HR, rewards, payroll and communications.
It has also announced it is joining The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative to mark the launch of its new green fleet policy.
It believes that the wide-scale EV adoption is expected to bring down direct CO2 emissions from company cars across the UK by 80% by 2025, and zero by 2030.
Kelly Becker, zone president for Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, said: “Electric mobility, coupled with decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation of energy, is key to achieving the target to reduce global CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 and put a halt to climate change.
“The core of our strategy is providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability and we’re already enabling many businesses on their mission to achieve a greener future.”
In the UK, Schneider Electric is already helping a range of companies install EV chargers and power infrastructure – including, fleet providers, forecourt owners, hospital trusts, airports, universities and councils.
Schneider’s pledge to electrify its fleet follows other companies making similar pledges. Centrica, owner of British Gas, has committed to electrify its 12,000 strong operational fleet by 2025, five years earlier than originally planned, as part of its commitment to become a net zero organisation.
Meanwhile, many fleets have joined The Climate Group’s global electric vehicle (EV) initiative EV100, with the likes of Tusker, Rentokil Initial, OVO, Lex Autolease and Zenith committing to switch their fleets to electric by 2030.