Charlotte Wright, Head of CSR at Elior UK: "we are already participating in the transition to less carbon-intensive activities"
Elior UK has committed to transition its vehicles to 100% electric in a move that will reduce their vehicle CO2 emissions by 80-100%.We met Charlotte Wright, Head of CSR at Elior UK, to discuss with her the details of this system and their commitments in terms of environmental and social governance in relation to expectations in the country.
What is Elior's carbon policy?
CW At Elior, food purchases and energy consumption make up the bulk of our carbon footprint. Through dedicated measurement tools, awareness-raising programs and working with independent stakeholders, we are already participating in the transition to less carbon-intensive activities, an undertaking that involves all of our employees, customers and guests.
Making our vehicles greener is a major step in the changes we are carrying out to become a more environment-friendly company.
Charlotte Wright - Head of CSR at Elior UK
What exactly are the societal expectations in Britain, regarding this reduction in CO2 emissions?
CW The government has set a net zero carbon target to be achieved by 2050 and, more recently, announced a target to reduce UK emissions by at least 68% by 2030. The sale of new fuel and diesel-powered vehicles will be phased out as of 2030. We are therefore ahead in this regard. Making our vehicles greener is a major step in the changes we are carrying out to become a more environment-friendly company.
How long will it take to replace the entire fleet?
CW All fuel and diesel-powered vans and company cars, which makes a total of 197 vehicles, will be replaced by eco-efficient vehicles. We are aiming to achieve this goal by the end of 2024.
In terms of numbers, how many kilometres of fuel will be saved?
CW Our company cars clock up an average annual mileage of 2,017,568 miles, which represents a total saving of between 120t and 150t of CO2.
All existing vehicles must be renewed and all new orders placed in this new eco-efficient range.
Charlotte Wright - Director of CSR at Elior UK
What are the next steps?
CW At the beginning of 2021, all drivers of our company cars will be informed as to how this change will affect them. When existing company vehicles need to be renewed, drivers will be able to choose from the range of electric and hybrid electric vehicles made available through our partner company, Lex Auto lease. All existing vehicles must be renewed and all new orders placed in this new eco-efficient range.
To support this transition, Elior will also invest in the installation of electric charging stations on its premises and provide its employees on the road with an application to easily locate the nearest available pod points.