Building products manufacturer Wienerberger UK has transferred its entire company car fleet to plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Transport is responsible for 22% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, 13% of which arose from car travel. Wienerberger expects one third of the leased company car fleet to become PHEVs in 2021, with a full transition achieved by 2023, which will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions up to 500 tonnes per year, compared to 2019 levels. This is equivalent to heating 210 UK homes for a year, or 746 passenger journeys by aeroplane from London to New York.
Finance Director Paul Stevenson said: “Moving to a fleet of PHEVs visibly communicates Wienerberger’s commitment to tackling climate change, at the same time helping employees reduce the carbon impact of their personal travel too.”
In order to support employee’s transition to low carbon travel, both at work and at home, Wienerberger is offering a bursary of up to £559 to cover the installation of an EV charging point at each company car drivers’ residence. The company encourages employees to pair their PHEV with a domestic renewable energy tariff to maximise the positive impact.