Technology retailer Dixons Carphone has signed up to the Climate Group's EV100 initiative, with a commitment to transition its fleet to electric by 2030.
The business will change all its vans up to 3.5 tonnes (approx. 300 vehicles) and plans to transition at least 50% of its 500 medium duty vehicles (up to 7.5 tonnes) to electric. Where it is not feasible to swap to electric, the fleet will use other low-emission solutions.
Lindsay Haselhurst, chief supply chain officer at Dixons Carphone, said: “With an average of four million customer deliveries every year, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to work in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.
“This is why I am delighted we have joined the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative and committed to transition to a viable electric fleet by 2030.”
In addition to switching to electric vehicles, as part of the EV100 commitment Dixons Carphone will continue to install electric vehicle charging points wherever possible across its estate.
Mike Peirce, corporate partnerships director at the Climate Group, added: “We are delighted that Dixons Carphone is joining the global EV100 initiative as our first technology retailer. The transport sector is the fastest growing contributor to climate change, accounting for around a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions – we need major companies everywhere to switch their fleets to EV.”
Dixons Carphone will also incorporate mpg targets for each of its drivers to ensure a year-on-year reduction of CO2 emissions.
The retailer has additionally signed up to Logistics UK’s ‘Van Policy’ Working Group, to help shape and develop future policies for the operation of light goods vehicles in the logistics industry.
Its company car fleet, supplied by Arval, is also welcoming alternative fuel options. The business did not disclose the size of its fleet.