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Change starts at home: An update on our progress towards net zero carbon operations

When we launched Plan Zero in September 2019, we set out our ambitions to unite our team, businesses, and members behind a single goal of reducing carbon emissions. We also committed to being transparent about our progress. That means sharing updates - big and small - and being frank about the challenges we face.

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5 June 2020

Change starts at home 

An update on our progress towards net zero carbon operations 

When we launched Plan Zero in September 2019, we set out our ambitions to unite our team, businesses, and members behind a single goal of reducing carbon emissions. We also committed to being transparent about our progress. That means sharing updates – big and small – and being frank about the challenges we face.

One of our commitments is to achieve net zero carbon operations by 2030, underpinned by a 1.5°C aligned science-based target for our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. 

Today, on World Environment Day, we want to share two updates; 

  1. We’ve decoupled our growth from our impact on the environment; and 
  2. We’ve signed up to the EV100 and EP100 pledges with the Climate Group

Growing our business isn’t costing the Earth

We believe that our growth shouldn’t come at the expense of the planet. This means we need to find better ways of doing business, so that we can still have ambitious growth plans without damaging the environment. 

We’ve shown that this is possible, reducing the emissions from our offices and fleet while increasing revenue, employees, fleet and office space.

Since 2018 we have reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions:

  • By 30% relative to revenue
  • By 18% per employee 

So how did we do it? We’ve implemented a number of carbon reduction initiatives across our buildings and fleet, including: 

  1. Electrification of our vehicle fleet – we’ve hit 30% of EVs in our fleet and our focus is now getting to our Plan Zero target of 70% by the end of 2020.
  2. Improving the energy productivity of that fleet – trialling fuel-efficient driving, e-learning, enhanced telematics reporting and improved route planning.
  3. Improving energy efficiency in our offices, such as installing LED lighting, optimising building energy management systems and engaging employees to waste less energy. Energy use at our Bristol Rivergate head office decreased by 28% between 2018 and 2019 as a result of these measures.
  4. Moving to 100% renewable electricity tariffs in all offices where OVO has operational control.
  5. Achieving  BREEAM Excellent and SKA Gold certifications at our new office space in London and powering it with rooftop solar.

We acquired SSE Energy Services at the beginning of 2020. We’re currently updating our carbon data and targets to include those operations too.  

Joining the Climate Group’s EV100 and EP100 initiatives

Improving energy productivity and electrifying our fleet play an important role in achieving our goal of net zero operations. In order to accelerate progress, we have joined The Climate Group’s EV100 and EP100 initiatives enabling us to collaborate with others to solve shared problems such as a lack of appropriate infrastructure and access to electric vehicles. We have committed to:

  • Replacing all existing petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles and installing charging points at all offices by 2030 (EV100). 
  • Doubling our energy productivity by 2030 (EP100).

We have made great progress in a short space of time, but we have so much more to do. This is just the beginning of our journey to net zero operations.

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