Road transport remains the single biggest source (49%) of Scope 1 and 2 emissions. With this in mind, we encourage participants to transition towards alternative-fuel vehicles where possible. In order to track this progression, the group has been reporting the breakdown of their fleets by fuel type for the past seven years.
Participants report on the numbers of alternative-fuel vehicles under the following ten categories: CNG, LNG, LPG, E85, M85, Electric, Hybrid, Hydrogen, Bioethanol and Other. For the first time, this year we also began collecting information on the different types of electric vehicle used by participants, which include vans, trucks, trolleys, walk-buggies, e-bicycles, scooters, motorbikes and cars for business travel. The group reported an impressive total of nearly 150,000 alternative-fuel vehicles in 2017, up from 104,000 in 2016. This statistic underlines the group’s commitment to adopting new technologies in order to reduce carbon emissions.
Traditional bicycles (self-propelled) are now excluded from vehicle numbers to more accurately capture the transition from fossil fuel vehicles to vehicles powered by alternative-fuels. E-bicycles are included under ‘electric vehicles’ to show the speed of electric vehicle integration within the fleet and to demonstrate the range of options used by participants. As a result of the decision to exclude traditional bicycles from the vehicle fleet, we have restated vehicle figures back to 2012. More information can be found in the Restatements section. We do, however, continue to monitor the number of delivery routes performed by self-propelled bicycle. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, we encourage participants to consider the positive impact on employee health, and related business benefits, of increasing deliveries by foot and bicycle. Where feasible, posts should prioritise carbon neutral modes of transport over less sustainable alternatives, such as choosing normal bicycles over e-bicycles, and where possible replacing vans and cars with traditional bicycles rather than electric models. These recommendations are designed to encourage the removal of unsustainable models from fleets.
Since 2012, the total number of vehicles has increased by 81,000 (14%)*, while the total number of alternative-fuel vehicles has increased by an impressive 77,000 (104%)*. In 2017, alternative-fuel vehicles account for 23.3% of the group’s combined fleet, compared to 13.1%* in 2012. Between 2016 and 2017, the total number of vehicles increased by 67,000, largely due to the addition of 45,700 alternative-fuel vehicles. This also demonstrates participants’ ongoing efforts to increase the proportion of alternative-fuel vehicle models within their vehicle fleets.