The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Landsec have signed up to the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, a global drive to encourage big business to take up electric transport.
As a new member, RBS announced it will switch 300 of its vehicles to electric and upscaling its EV charging facilities at its buildings. Currently, the bank only has 12 charge points around the UK but they say they will build 450 by 2025 and 600 by 2030.
Landsec, one of the largest commercial property development and investment companies in the UK, will increase the number of EV charge points across its portfolio to over 300 by the end of 2019.
Both companies also signed up to the Climate Group’s energy productivity (EP100), and renewable power (RE100) initiatives.
Landsec already consumes over 95% of its electricity from renewable sources and RBS almost 75% of the way to its 2025 commitment. The bank has already achieved 100% renewable electricity in the UK and Ireland.
Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Landsec, said: ‘Landsec is pleased to announce our ambitions to drive up electric vehicle charging infrastructure in support of our commitment to acting on climate change.
‘We understand that more and more of our customers are opting to drive electric vehicles and we want to ensure they have the opportunity to charge when visiting a Landsec asset.
‘We are also delighted to be named as one of the first companies to join all three of The Climate Group’s business initiatives, following our previous commitments to procuring 100% renewable power and doubling our energy productivity.’
In February, the Climate Group released their first report on EV100, which said its 23 members who have signed up to EV100 are switching 145,000 vehicles to electric in 66 markets worldwide by 2030, saving over 6.6 million metric tons CO2e – equivalent to the carbon footprint of 1.9 million UK households.