Fossil fuel alternatives
Reports on emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), NOXs, and particulates leading to the degradation of air quality and contributing to climate change feature regularly in the media. And they generally include comments on the importance of alternative and renewable energies.
As reported by National Grid, during April there was a three day period in which the UK did not use any coal to generate electricity. This followed the 55 hour record set just a few days earlier. These trends are positive, but ultimately still show our dependence on fossil fuels within the UK: 30% of the electricity produced on those three days was from fossil fuel sources.
Commercial has proactively sought to reduce emissions directly associated with our business through a range of innovative projects. As such, we recognise the need to steer away from fossil fuels such as coal and use renewable energy.
Commercial is currently operating the UK’s largest privately owned fleet of hydrogen fuelled vehicles. These vans potentially release up to 73% less CO2 than diesel alternatives. Furthermore, in 2011 Commercial installed approximately 280 PV (Photovoltaic) solar panels at Commercial House, with the potential to generate approximately 48kWp of renewable electricity. This is complemented by approximately 80kWp of PV installed at our London depot. These panels help power our buildings, as well as our onsite electrical vehicle charging points. We currently have four electrical charging points at head office but are looking to increase this, to 10 or potentially more, and to encourage the uptake of low emission car alternatives for employees. These are just some of the initiatives recognised in our 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
At Commercial the choice is simple: We choose renewable energy. To continue this discussion join us at our CSR Day 28th June 2018.
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