Facilities management firm Mitie has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2025.
The firm now has five years to decarbonise, but says that by attempting to do so it can show other businesses, including existing and new clients, that decarbonisation is possible.
Mitie said there are three pillars to its ‘Plan Zero’:
- Eliminate carbon emissions from power and transport
- Eradicate non-sustainable waste
- Enhance inefficient buildings to meet the highest environmental standards
The firm is already making some headway in transport. It now has 300 EVs on the road and is adding around 75 a month, according to director of sustainability, Simon King. Mitie has also pledged to decarbonise its heating systems and switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity, as well as using smart building technology to maximise energy efficiency. It is also removing single use materials from the business.
King said it is imperative that Mitie attempts rapid decarbonisation, given it aims to do the same for businesses that pay for its services.
He said the firm, which buys some 10TWh of renewable power per annum for clients, has sufficient in-house know how to decarbonise most of its operations, though admitted some offsetting will be required.
“The reality is, there will be some residual emissions we will have to offset, [such as those from] public transport and specialist vehicles we are not able to transition in time,” said King. “But it will genuinely be residual aspects rather than just offsetting the lot today.”
He added: “We are able to do this for ourselves because it is capability we already use for clients. Buying renewables is something we focus on strongly, we have a waste business, we specialise in demand reduction, we do decarbonisation of heating systems and energy performance contracts with clients. We have a technical services business, a landscapes business that can support on biodiversity and have the EV capability as our rollout demonstrates,” said King.
“So we are positioned to do this. It is a really stretching target, but one we genuinely believe we can get to.”
Mitie will share insight from its EV rollout and broader decarbonisation strategy at the Energyst’s ‘Delivering Net Zero‘ conference and exhibition, 22-23 April, Silverstone. It’s free, and you have the chance to drive the latest EVs around the Silverstone track. Register here or here.
Speakers include experts from:
ADE | Arup | Arrival | Arval | Aurora | Birmingham Airport | BP Chargemaster | BT | Bristol City Council | Cenex | Connected Energy | Cornwall Insight | Ecuity | EDF | Energy Pro | Engenie | EV8 | Flexitricity | Gnewt | Hartree | Hitachi Capital | Jaguar Land Rover | Liberty Global | Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership | London Luton Airport | Mitie | National Grid | Nottingham City Council | Nuvve | Octopus | Pod Point | Roadnight Taylor | Royal Mail | SES Water | Severn Trent Water | Sustainable Development Capital Limited | University of Reading | UK Power Networks | UPS | Total | Volvo | Western Power Distribution | Whitbread
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Don’t forget to remove all the concrete etc. in your buildings first and back to wood.