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OVO commits to an all electric fleet by 2030

Energy giant commits to EV100 and EP100 initiatives, as company fortifies its Plan Zero decarbonisation strategy.

  • 09 June 2020
  • Joana Costa Figueira

Energy giant commits to EV100 and EP100 initiatives, as company fortifies its Plan Zero decarbonisation strategy.

OVO has pledged to strengthen its Plan Zero decarbonisation strategy by deploying a fully electric fleet and doubling its energy productivity by 2030.

The firm marked World Environment Day by announcing it has joined The Climate Group’s initiatives on electric vehicles (EV100) and efficient energy (EP100), committing to transitioning its fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 and installing charging infrastructure at its work locations to support electric vehicle uptake by employees. All while doubling its energy productivity across its operations by the same date.

In parallel, OVO will continue to champion energy productivity and electric vehicles through its products and services; including its Carbon Tracker, which helps members cut their home energy waste and carbon emissions, and EV Everywhere providing a renewable energy plan for EV drivers.

Kate Weinber, Director of Sustainability at OVO, said: “In our sustainability, Plan Zero, we pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions form our operations by 2030. So we’re proud to sign up to EP100 and EV100 crystallising our commitments to electrify our fleet and improve energy productivity.”

OVO also announced that it has planted over 1 million trees in five years through its partnership with The Conservation Volunteers and their I Dig Trees programme, surpassing a target set in 2015.

The partnership sees OVO plant three trees on behalf of every customer signed up to its OVO Beyond tariff. The programme is currently on target to plant another 370,000 trees before 2021.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, said: “We’re delighted that OVO are the largest major energy services supplier to join both EP100 and EV100. With demand for clean transport on the up, energy companies are looking to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure as the next frontier of investment in the clean and flexible energy system. As with smart energy measures, there are huge business opportunities for those who get ahead first and every major company should follow their lead.”