Our Carbon Reduction Plan
We are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. Our carbon reduction plan aims to get us to net zero by 2041.
You can view our full PPN-0621 Carbon Reduction Plan here.
Electric drive vehicles
As electric vehicle technology improves, it should be both economically and sustainably advantageous to migrate to complete electric vehicle use. In the interim, selection of hybrid vehicles will provide a short-term solution.
100% renewable electricity at large sites
For all main sites such as the depot, changing electrical supplier to 100% renewables will eliminate all Scope 2 emissions.
Improvements in public transport
It is assumed that local public transport will continue to improve their emissions through the use of electric/biofuel and hybrid surface transport as well as sourcing all rolling stock transport emissions from renewable sources..
Use of public transport for business travel
For travel within the UK (and to within Europe to a reasonable degree) any essential air travel should be mitigated with sustainable surface transport such as rail.
All business travel by car will be in electric vehicles
As the work fleet migrates to electric vehicles, the availability of business vehicles, all electric in type, should be introduced for any additional business travel that needs to be by car.
Improved community practices
Where practical to do so, commuting impacts should be minimised through a range of green commute solutions including increased usage of public transport, car share schemes, bike to work schemes, encouraging staff to use electric vehicles etc.
Improved upstream ordering predictions
This requires a smart approach to ordering materials by forward-looking project planning to create a smaller number of larger orders from suppliers. Naturally this creates a risk of storing excessive parts so this would require careful planning.
On-site waste reduction program
Currently in the UK, the average waste process does not create a significant reduction in environmental impact between recycling and combustion. Only the composting of food waste appears to significantly reduce the environmental impact of waste. However, councils are advancing their own waste management schemes so it is important to monitor processes in order to establish a low impact waste disposal process. Furthermore, specific waste handling methods for disposed cable should be sought in order to ensure that it is being repurposed/recycled in as efficient way as possible.
Improvements in recycled waste handling
This is the external expectation that council-managed waste handling processes will improve over time especially with regards to handling of recyclable waste.
Contractors to switch to electric vehicles
This is partially an external expectation though it may well be in the influencing zone for BL to ensure that work carried by contractors is delivered via the use of electric vehicles especially where this represents a significant Scope 3 emission.
Convert remote sites to local renewables
Some local facilities are already using renewable energy to power them. As this technology involves it should be used expansively where practical to do so.