Kier Re-Affirms 100 Per Cent EV Commitment at COP26
In celebration of Transport Day at COP26, the UK’s Kier Group has become one of seven organisations to commit to the Climate Group EV100 initiative to electrify fleets of over 250,000 vehicles by 2030.
EV100 is an initiative to bring together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, sending a powerful signal that the future of transportation is electric.
Kier’s aims to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. As a member of EV100, Kier has committed to electrifying its fleet of 3,730 vehicles and support its employees EV adoption by installing EV charging stations at 30 locations by 2030.
As Jo Gilroy, Head of Environment and Sustainability, explains: “We are proud to be joining EV100, alongside other likeminded organisations. This solidifies our commitment to have a fully electrified fleet by 2030, which is a commitment we have also made in our Carbon Reduction Plan. It also directly feeds into our Group’s purpose, to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK.”
Sandra Roling, Head of Transport, Climate Group, adds: “We are thrilled to celebrate COP26 Transport Day by welcoming these new members to EV100, who have made the bold commitment to electrify their fleets and deploy charging infrastructure by 2030.
“EV100, which continues to grow in reach and impact, is a powerful catalyst for electric transport and a vessel for crucial climate action from businesses. It’s encouraging that so many additional companies this year have recognised the vital role they have in tackling the climate crisis and the critical opportunity offered in transportation electrification.
“As COP26 progresses, we hope that the ambition and leadership shown by EV100 members is matched by world leaders. This is the Climate Decade, and it’s vital that business and government collaborate effectively for the world to limit global warming to 1.5°C.”
Since its launch in 2017, EV100 has grown rapidly to drive the electric vehicle revolution. In 2021 alone, over 440,000 new vehicles have been committed and membership has increased by almost 25% to include 120 companies. Member companies employ over 5 million people, with total revenues topping US $1.8 trillion. Through EV100 member commitments, over 5.4 million vehicles will convert to electric by 2030 and over 9,400 charging locations will be installed – making it easier for both businesses and individual consumers to transition to electric.