Saint-Gobain is reducing emissions from its transport fleet by switching to electric cars, gas powered lorries, and investing in electric car charging points.
It’s a commitment shared by all brands within the group as they focus on their individual net zero carbon 2050 roadmaps.
British Gypsum is the latest brand to commit to running its trucks on Bio-LNG, a sustainable gas made from kitchen and animal waste. Bio-LNG is created when bio methane gas produced by the breakdown of food and manure in landfill sites or anaerobic digesters is captured and converted to liquid.
Further investments include new Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil [HVO] HGVs, which will reduce CO2 per mile by around 90% for British Gypsum and Artex brands and the roll out of electric Mechanical Handling Equipment e.g. Fork Lift Trucks.
Saint-Gobain has also signed a new partnership with Rolec, one the UK’s leading charging manufacturers, to support the delivery of a 1,000 charger point network across Saint-Gobain’s sites, offices and retail branches over the next five years.
The agreement comes on top of Saint-Gobain’s recent commitment to move all of its 3,200 company cars to fully electric by the end of 2023 and install more than 3,000 additional chargers in colleagues’ homes. This commitment alone has the potential to save more than 11,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Road transport produced nearly 30 per cent of all the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, according to government figures.
Mike Chaldecott, CEO Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, said:
“Our purpose is Making the World a Better Home and reducing our carbon footprint is integral to this. We are committed to be net zero carbon by 2050 and meet additional science based targets by 2030 so it’s essential we act quickly where we can and accelerate the actions we’re taking to reduce the carbon footprint of our transportation and reduce the impact on the planet from our colleagues who need to drive for work.”