Anglian Water has this month introduced 10 new electric vans to its fleet in a bid to reduce the company’s fleet emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
The company, which currently spends more than £4.5million on diesel every year, will reduce their carbon emissions with the introduction of more electric vehicles into their fleet.
Anglian Water vans currently cover 22 million miles on the road each year which is the equivalent of going to the moon and back 24 times. The new electric vans can only travel 100 miles before they need recharging so will be used for Anglian Water employees who conduct more localised visits.
The company has installed electric charging stations across a number of their sites enabling both the company and its employees to recharge their electric vehicles on-site. With less maintenance and cleaner carbon footprints, the new vans will provide an opportunity for the company to cut their energy usage and become even more efficient.
Stewart Lightbody, Head of Fleet Services at Anglian Water said, “Reducing both fleet emissions and our carbon footprint are key for us. We were one of the first companies to sign up to the Clean Van Commitment which has been created by Global Action Plan, to speed up the switch to zero emissions vans. Our first 10 vans are another key step forward towards our ambition to be completely carbon neutral by 2050 and we are excited to see how quickly we might be able to expand their use in our fleet.”
Air pollution is a major public issue with 44 cities in the UK having air pollution that exceeds the World Health Organisation guidelines. There are four million vans on the road but only 4,400 of them are electric.
Recent research demonstrates that pollution from older diesel vans has a significant impact on health, costing the NHS and society an additional £2.2 billion per annum. This problem is only set to increase as vans are the fastest growing vehicle type in the UK. Vans contribute 75 billion miles driven each year, a staggering 30% of the UK’s road transport emissions, and cost three times more per vehicle to the UK’s health than cars.
Notes to Editors
The Clean Van Commitment, led by Global Action Plan in partnership with Engie as part of their Clean Air Day initiative, seeks to deploy 2,400 electric vans by 2020 alongside a longer term pledge to deliver zero tailpipe emissions by 2028 “if sufficient charging infrastructure and competitively priced electric vans are available”.
For more information contact:
Nicola Harvey, Anglian Water Press Office on 0871 677 0123