Renault Trucks has announced a plan to completely decarbonise its UK and Ireland operation by 2030.
The manufacturer is implementing a sustainability initiative with the help of environmental consultancy Avieco, which covers three different categories of greenhouse gas emissions.
The first two relate to what Renault described as “direct and owned indirect emissions from the activities of the organisation”. Citing 2019 emissions data, it said 44% of its emissions that year were from travel, 52% energy and 4% from other areas such as waste, paper and water.
Measures to tackle these areas include a plan to switch to fossil-free energy, a zero-waste strategy and “encouraging energy saving behaviours”.
The third category relates to “indirect emissions that are linked to, but not owned by, the company”. The manufacturer said it would ask its suppliers to meet the ISO 14001 environmental management standard to address this, and claimed other related areas would be “managed as part of the wider Volvo Group’s approach”.
“Delivering this change will take bold thinking, innovation and collaboration with our private dealer network,” said MD Carlos Rodrigues (pictured). “While some of these changes are happening already, with the Covid-19 pandemic hastening the shift to home working and reduced travel, some changes will require longer term transition and investment.
“We will be sharing the steps we are taking along this journey to reduce our carbon footprint gradually, starting in 2021.”