Renault Trucks UK & Ireland recently announced its commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas status by 2030. The commitment is part of a nationwide transformation programme covering the company’s operations and dealer network in the UK and Ireland. The announcement also follows the UK government’s “Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution,” which will accelerate the ban on new petrol and diesel passenger car and van sales after 2030 to push toward the nation’s legal requirement of being net-zero by 2050.
The Green Initiative
Renault worked with Avieco, a sustainability and environmental consultancy, to create their Sustainability Initiative which lays out ambitious, credible, and achievable targets to improve Renault’s environmental and social impacts. The initiative focuses primarily on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Scope 1 and Scope 2, which cover all direct and owned indirect emissions from the activities of the organisation. Greenhouse Gas Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses, and other organisations to establish comprehensive global standardised frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains, and mitigation actions.
To create their plan, Renault analysed 2019 emissions data and found that 44% emissions were from travel, 52% from energy, and 4% from other (waste, paper, and water). The initiative the company laid out works to encourage energy-saving behaviours, implements a zero-waste strategy, and other environmental innovations as well as a plan to switch to 100% fossil-free energy over the coming decade.
“We recognise the global challenges of climate change and as a business we have a responsibility to act,” says Renault Trucks UK & Ireland Managing Director Carlos Rodrigues. “The commitment of our Warwick headquarters and our dealer network to achieve net-zero by 2030 underlines the importance we place on playing our part in creating a more sustainable future. Our sustainability initiative in the UK and Ireland is forward-thinking; delivering this change will take bold thinking, innovation and collaboration with our private dealer network. While some of these changes are happening already, with the COVID-19 pandemic hastening the shift to home working and reduced travel, some changes will require longer-term transition and investment. We are determined to decarbonise our operations and make a difference. We will be sharing the steps we are taking along this journey to reduce our carbon footprint gradually, starting in 2021.”
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