Mitie has launched a zero-emission gritting service for commercial use, using an electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt.
The service uses the first zero emission gritter of its kind – a pure electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached.
Both the EV itself and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by renewable energy.
Tim Howell, managing director of Landscapes at Mitie, said: “When people think about cutting carbon emissions, gritting may not seem an obvious place to start. However, to be truly sustainable, businesses need to consider every aspect of their operations.
“We’re proud to be launching the UK’s first zero emission gritting service to help our customers keep their sites safe, while minimising their impact on the planet.”
The new service is being trialled in Nottingham, with the gritter following a specially designed route in order to maximise the number of sites it can de-ice on one charge.
While the gritter currently lasts around five hours between charging, as the trial continues Mitie will review how and where it is used to make the process more efficient, before rolling out to more cities ahead of winter 2021.
Mitie Landscapes designed the zero-emission electric gritting service to support customers looking to reduce their environmental impact, particularly those in high-pollution areas, such as cities.
It also builds on Mitie’s own Plan Zero commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025, while also supporting its customers in reaching their own sustainability targets.
This includes Mitie’s EV commitments. Mitie has more than 900 pure electric vehicles already in its fleet, with around 25 more being delivered each week, depending on lockdown restrictions.