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Climate change Calor, GB 11/23/2022

Calor GB launches new EV and hybrid vehicle company car scheme

In 2021, Calor GB updated its Company Car Policy to allow eligible colleagues to order an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle as their preferred company car choice. This initiative reduces carbon emissions and also begins preparation for the ban of the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in the UK by 2030.

A working group established to improve fleet efficiency

The move will allow these colleagues more opportunity to make sustainable choices and choose Electric or Hybrid vehicles. A cross-functional working group was set up comprised of representatives from procurement, HR, sustainability and fleet are working together to look at how to encourage greater take up of EVs.

How will the scheme work?

If a colleague wishes to order an EV or hybrid vehicle, they are directed towards a Fuel Decision Tree, which helps them understand whether this choice is suitable for them given the nature of their role and personal circumstances.

To support the installation of a home charging point, Calor GB are also offering an interest free loan up to the value of £750, which will be paid over a period of 3 months. Calor GB have also invested in a number of charging points located across sites, including six points at the head office in Warwick, England, to support charging when colleagues are at work. All vehicles charged on site are charged using 100% renewable electricity, which is fully backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO).

Improving the efficiency of the fleet

This move is part of a wider focus on improving the efficiency of the fleet. In 2019, Calor GB also received delivery of a fully electric cylinder delivery vehicle, which operates out of the Wandsworth site in Greater London in compliance with the Low Emission Zone.

Investment has also been made in the next generation of LNG vehicles, which offer a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions* compared to their diesel counterparts1. Calor will be operating a number of Volvo FM LNG trucks on its national trunking operation, fuelled by its national footprint of LNG stations. These LNG vehicles offer the same performance as their diesel-powered equivalents, but with a much smaller carbon footprint.

Positive steps towards sustainability goals

It is good to note that since the introduction of the scheme in January 2021, 24% of new car orders have been for fully electric vehicles.

Sarah Morby, Senior Buyer Calor GB emphasised this significant step,“We recognised a great opportunity to collaborate with one of our strategic suppliers to review the car policy further following the inclusion of Electric and Hybrid vehicles in 2021. It is an exciting time to improve the policy for our employees and made great steps towards meeting our sustainability goals.”

Notes:  * This covers the emissions from the vehicle during usage, so-called “tank to wheel”.