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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

35%
Target to reduce internal carbon footprint by 2025
>12K
Vehicles in Centrica’s fleet
100%
zero carbon fleet ambition by 2030

Focused fleet and company car management

As part of Centrica’s Responsible Business Ambitions, the business has committed to reducing its internal carbon footprint by 35% by 2025, and becoming 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. This transition is being done in a targeted manner, focusing on maximising impact and introducing ultralow emissions alternatives in the minority of cases where pure 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 to drive the transition forward together.

In 2019, Centrica also made savings across its fleet by replacing over 250 vehicles with more efficient models, improving first-time fix rates when servicing customers and reducing the number of vehicles required by 12% through efficiencies. The company also encouraged more employees into low emission company cars and by the end of 2019, over 450 employees were driving electric and hybrid options, representing around 30% of our company car fleet. Using its capabilities as a lead EV charge-point installer in the UK, Centrica has installed over 17,200 charge-points in the UK, including 142 charge-points across its sites to support employees that choose low carbon transport for their commute.

The results

These combined actions have led to a 14% reduction in global fleet and company car emissions during 2019, saving almost 6,000tCO2e. These efficiencies have contributed to an overall 17% cut in Centrica’s internal carbon footprint in 2019, with an overall drop of 39% against our 35% reduction target since 2015.