Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has made a substantial commitment to protecting the environment with the introduction of a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles – reducing the company’s carbon footprint.
McCann works on major infrastructure projects nationwide and within its fleet, it operates a number of company cars used by employees occupying roles at all levels of the business – from supervisors through to company directors.
Within its day-to-day operation, the company operates a UKAS accredited ISO 14001 environmental management system and also complies with The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) – a voluntary accreditation scheme which aims to “raise the level of quality within fleet operations and demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection”.
As part of McCann’s environmental objectives and its commitment to FORS, Fleet and Plant Manager Paul King has driven an initiative over the past 18 months to reduce the company’s impact on the environment by introducing hybrid electric vehicles to the company’s fleet of cars.
This new initiative has resulted in 25% of the company’s 66 cars becoming electric hybrid – vastly reducing McCann’s carbon footprint as part of a long-term commitment which will see a further investment in electric hybrids over the coming years.
Speaking about the shift, Paul said, “The world we live in is changing dramatically, with heavy investment in sustainable energy across many different sectors. It’s fantastic to see McCann backing this initiative and taking steps to operate in a way that puts the environment first,”.
As well as investing in the cars, the company is installing home charging points for employees – enabling them to charge the car at night and use it for work the following day. The average cost per month for an employee to run an electric car by charging it at home is £30 – significantly cheaper than operating a petrol or diesel equivalent.
Paul continued, “If driven correctly, all of these new cars can travel between 100-150 miles on a single gallon of fuel and a single charge of a car’s batteries can cover 30 miles alone. This means that if an employee lives within a 15 mile radius of work, they can get to and from work without the need to use fossil fuels. It’s great to see McCann making this commitment and as a company we will continue to explore further avenues where we can become greener within our operation moving forward.”