Western Power Distribution has pledged to become a net zero emissions organization by 2028, more than two decades ahead of UK and Welsh government targets.
The South Wales electricity supplier outlines the offer in its latest business plan, with the aim of achieving the feat by tackling its own carbon footprint.
More than half of the company’s carbon emissions – 57% – come from the fuel consumed by its vehicles and generators.
By switching to electric vehicles and phasing out diesel generators, Western Power Distribution (WPD), which also supplies power to the Midlands and South West England, can take big steps towards its goal.
“Customers in South Wales cannot achieve net zero without WPD, but they also want to see us lead by example in tackling our own carbon footprint,” said Andrew Martyr-Icke.
WPD’s Environment Team Leader added: “If we solve the climate emergency and allow our children and grandchildren to live in a world that is not ruined by the impacts of climate change, it will be – for many people across the UK – because WPD staff did what they needed to do by rising to the challenge and making net zero happen.
WPD has pledged to replace at least 89% of its existing vehicle fleet with electric vehicles by 2028, installing the necessary charging at all operational sites and reducing business travel by further encouraging remote working and virtual meetings.
The company also seeks to limit the impact of its activities on the environment, quickly addressing equipment leaks and achieving a net biodiversity gain of 10% for new major projects and larger substation sites in thinking about ways to introduce and maintain flora and fauna. on the site.
WPD will also continue to focus on reducing the energy consumption of its buildings. It has consistently exceeded its 5% reduction targets, achieving a reduction every year.
This has resulted in a series of measures, including greater employee awareness of energy savings, the installation of motion sensors for lighting, improved air conditioning systems and higher energy efficiency ratings. in new and renovated depots.
The company is also working hard to enable customers to achieve their own net-zero ambitions by preparing the grid to connect thousands of low-carbon technologies, like electric vehicle chargers, solar panels and heat pumps.
WPD predicts that by 2028, 1.5 million additional electric vehicles will be on the roads in its region, while 600,000 heat pumps will be installed.
The UK and Welsh governments have set a net zero target of 2050.