Groundforce parent company Vp plc has officially launched its Short Term Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050.
The roadmap was actually initiated in 2021 and has already reached a number of milestones,including reviewing and modifying data capture procedures for greenhouse gas emissions, wasteland water, committing and developing Science-based Targets for all scopes, and implementing actions from a water audit.
Vp plc has also already collated group-wide environmental initiatives and promoted its sustainability report to stakeholders, switched to 100% REGO*-backed renewable electricity that has reduced Scope 2 emissions by 70%, and is conducting a comprehensive Scope 3 inventory. Between 2022 and 2023, Vp plc has pledged to optimise its fleet management by introducing PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and EVs (electric vehicles) into the fleet where it is appropriate to do so.
A behavioural change programme will see green driver training (most divisions have already achieved FORS Gold), travel reduced, the introduction of environmental and waste champions, and environmental toolbox talks. Last year, diversion from landfill stood at 94%, compared to 93% in 2020 and 80% in 2019.
ISO 50001 will be achieved by September (2022) at all the group’s UK sites and divisions, with three of the group’s divisions – Brandon Hire Station, MEP Hire and ESS – having already achieved this accreditation. This will formalise continuous improvements in energy efficiency. Diesel alternatives will be sourced by exploring the EV market for larger EV fleet options and HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel is available to customers at all branches.