Renault Trucks UK and Ireland commits to net-zero status by 2030
New ‘Sustainability Initiative’ created in conjunction with sustainability and environmental consultancy Avieco
Renault Trucks UK and Ireland have announced plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas status by 2030 and unveiled its new ‘Sustainability Initiative’. This commitment is driven by a nationwide transformation programme across the company’s operations and dealer network in the UK and Ireland.
Renault will be working with sustainability and environmental consultancy Avieco. They will set out to manage and improve its environmental and social impacts to create a strategy with ambitious, credible and achievable targets. The new initiative will mainly focus on the greenhouse gas Protocol’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 categories, which include all direct and owned indirect emissions from the activities of the organisation.
Carlos Rodrigues, Managing Director at Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, said: “We recognise the global challenges of climate change and as a business we have a responsibility to act. 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.
“As a manufacturer, our fully electric Z.E. range provides zero tail-pipe emission solutions to customers now, but we are also conscious that we have our own challenges at home and we take this seriously, for our own credibility and integrity. In line with our parent company Volvo Group’s sustainability framework, we include sustainability in every decision we make here in the UK and Ireland.”
A breakdown of 2019 emissions data shows that across all Renault Trucks UK and Ireland operations 44 percent of emissions were from travel, 52 percent from energy and the remaining four percent from other areas including waste, paper and water. As well as encouraging energy-saving behaviours, implementing a zero-waste strategy and other environmental innovations over the coming decade, the company has outlined its ambition to switch to 100 percent fossil-free energy.
Rodrigues added: “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.”