The Morson Group has committed to continually reducing our total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in absolute terms and achieving Net Zero emissions by 2023.
This will be achieved through absolute emission reduction and offsetting the residual amounts. Currently, 82% of our emissions are derived from Operational Road Travel and other business travel.
We aim to reduce our business travel and accommodation associated emissions through the greater use of technology including virtual meetings. We are committed to the de-carbonisation of our road vehicles, both our company cars and commercial vehicles. At present 49% of our company car fleet are low emission vehicles, either electric or hybrid and we are committed to achieving a 95% total by the end of 2023.
By 2023 we aim to complete all regular, commercial vehicle journeys under 50 miles distance round trip by electric, commercial vehicles. As suitable ultra-low emission commercial vehicles come to the market Morson Group are committed to being an early adopter of new technology, ultra-low emission vehicles. We currently offset 95% of our Morson Group commercial vehicle emissions through the 100% fuel offset schemes for commercial vehicles at both Morson Talent and Vital. Electricity consumption on our premises accounts for 14% of our carbon emissions and we have already commenced BIM modelling of our premises by Morson Projects and Waldeck in pursuit of building efficiency.
Initial carbon reduction projects include the installation of LED lighting at Head Office and other premises. As current electricity supply contracts expire we will purchase carbon-neutral electricity including power from renewable sources for our premises. We have commenced a feasibility study for on-site generation on our premises and intend to install solar generation and potentially wind power.
In addition to these carbon reduction steps, we will invest in carbon removal projects selected on the basis of quality criteria and verification of the carbon reduction impact. In doing so we will offset the remaining residual emissions.
The Morson Group supported by its associated companies and other interested parties will develop a collaborative hub with our clients, business partners and other key industries to accelerate the transition to a net-zero future together.
Morson Group’s HSQE director Gareth Morris said:
“It is important that we communicate to our staff, our clients, our community and our value chain that we care for our environment. The vast majority of our emissions come from our use of commercial vehicles in in the delivery of certain contracts. Our Group fleet manager David Robinson has worked for many years in conjunction with Vital’s Fleet Manager Keith Woodcock to reduce these emissions through the use of lower emission vehicles, driver training and in-vehicle telemetry systems. One year ago we joined Shell’s fuel offset scheme which has reduced our overall Net Zero carbon emissions by 80%, and we are currently working hard on reducing the remaining carbon emissions in order to achieve Net Zero.”