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Driving emissions out of Centrica’s fleet

Electrification of transport is a key part of Centrica’s efforts to cut its internal carbon footprint

Target to reduce internal carbon footprint by 2025
Vehicles in Centrica’s fleet
zero carbon fleet ambition by 2030

Focused fleet and company car management

As part of the introduction of Centrica Group’s Responsible Business Ambitions earlier this year, it has committed to reduce the company’s internal carbon footprint by 35% by 2025, demonstrate it is on track with Paris goals in 2030 and develop a path to net zero by 2050.

Progressing the Group’s low carbon fleet and company car roadmap is therefore key. With a fleet of over 12,000 vehicles globally and British Gas having the third largest commercial fleet in the UK, these efforts will make a material difference in decarbonising emissions from travel.

Navigating new opportunities

Centrica has led the way with early trials and schemes for electric vehicle (EV) adoption and having already completed well over a million miles with its EV fleet, the company continues to progress towards its ambition for its fleet to be fully electric by 2030 where practically and economically viable. This transition is being done in a targeted manner, focusing on maximising impact and introducing ultra-low emissions alternatives where EVs are not workable. 

To demonstrate this commitment, Centrica signed up to EV100 in 2019. EV100 is a global initiative that brings together forward-looking companies that want to accelerate the transition to EVs and make electric transport the new normal by 2030. As part of this group, Centrica will be able share learning about the roll-out and drive the transition forward together.

In 2018, Centrica also made savings across its fleet by replacing over one hundred vehicles with more efficient models, improving first-time fix rates when servicing customers and reducing the number of vehicles required
by 10% through efficiencies.

The company also encouraged more employees into low emission company cars and by the end of 2018, nearly 500 employees were driving electric and hybrid options. Using its capabilities as a lead EV charge-point installer in the UK, Centrica has installed over 75 charge-points across its sites to support employees that choose low carbon transport for their commute.

The results

These combined actions have led to an 11% reduction in global fleet emissions and company cars in 2018, saving 4,763tCO2e. This included employees choosing lower carbon company cars which reduced average tailpipe emissions by 8% to 94gCO2/km. These efficiencies have contributed to an overall internal carbon footprint reduction of 10% in 2018 as well as a 26% reduction since 2015.