Did you know - electric vehicles now make up half of our company fleet!
Here at the RSC, operations manager Peter is leading the way to Net Zero, looking at our sustainability and carbon footprint to seek efficiencies towards a carbon neutral future.
Peter has been implementing our CoP26 legacy grant with an initial project to oversee the company’s fleet of electric vehicles (EV) and installation of site EV charging stations.
The RSC currently has 6 fully electric vehicles including cars and vans, which accounts for 50% of our fleet – transporting our team to reach waterways across Yorkshire and beyond.
Whilst there aren't yet feasible electric options for all of the heavy commercial work that we do, our EV fleet works well for some of our lighter site-based activities such as volunteer days and site works including treatment of invasive plants across Yorkshire and flood alleviation works for our clients. We also use the EV cars for site and client visits. Our electric van carries maintenance equipment along with safety boats for river surveys and treatment of invasives inaccessible on land.
Over the next year we intend to replace 2 more diesel vans with electric and in the near future, and as our current diesel vehicles come to their useful life we will transition to electric.
As part of our sustainability plan, we are in the process of replacing our plant - tracked chipper and Robo mower - from regular oil to Bio-oil and within the yard, we run a strict re-cycling policy of separating dry and mixed waste and being environmentally aware, we take every opportunity to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint.