Sep 6, 2018

16 UK businesses commit $52mn to electrifying fleets

Electric Vehicles
Olivia Minnock
2 min
Today (Wednesday), 16 major UK companies have committed to replacing their van fleets with electric vehicles by 2028.

Today (Wednesday), 16 major UK companies have committed to replacing their van fleets with electric vehicles by 2028.

The Clean Van Commitment, led by the Global Action Plan (GAP) in partnership with utilities company ENGIE, is a commitment from the largest operators of van fleets in the UK. Committed partners include ENGIE itself, Tesco, Anglian Water and Network Rail.

By 2020, the 16 organisations will have invested a total of $52mn (£40mn) into electrifying their fleets, with a view to replacing all their diesel vans with electric alternatives by 2028.

This will involve a total of 2,400 electric vans being purchased by 2020, with a further 18,000 to be put on the roads by 2028.

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The Clean Van Commitment has cited that pollution from older diesel vans costs the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) a total of £2.2bn per annum due to the health problems it causes.

It is also hoped that, by extension, the commitment will bring down the price of electric vehicles in the UK as well as stimulating the second hand EV market in coming years, to make it easier for less powerful players to go electric and contribute to a lower-emissions society.

Wilfrid Petrie, ENGIE UK & Ireland’s CEO, stated: “Air pollution impacts upon everyone and we are proud to have partnered with GAP to develop the Clean Van Commitment.

“In January 2017 ENGIE committed to 20% of its fleet to be EV by 2020 and zero diesel by 2025. With the rapid advances being made in electric vehicles and the range available ENGIE is meeting this challenge as a key provider of infrastructure and green mobility services.”

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Jun 23, 2021

HyNet North West and InterGen to build Zero Carbon plant

zerocarbon
Energy
Hydrogen
Liverpool
Dominic Ellis
3 min
Expected to open in the mid-2020s, the partnership could reduce the CO2 emissions from the Runcorn power station by over 150,000 tonnes each year

HyNet North West and InterGen are to create a low carbon power station at the independent power producer's Rocksavage Power plant in Liverpool City region.  

Expected to begin in the mid-2020s, the partnership could reduce the CO2 emissions from the Runcorn power station by over 150,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road every year.

Situated across one of the UK’s largest industrial areas which supports the highest number of manufacturing jobs of any UK region, HyNet North West will bring clean growth to safeguard jobs, and create thousands of new employment opportunities.

Following a commitment of £72 million in funding, HyNet North West will transform the North West into the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster, playing a critical role in the UK’s transition to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the global fight against climate change.

HyNet North West will begin decarbonising the North West and North Wales region from 2025, replacing fossil fuels currently used for electricity generation, industry, heating homes and transportation with clean hydrogen. The project will also capture and lock up carbon which is currently emitted into the atmosphere.

It anticipates that by 2028, Rocksavage will have enough hydrogen produced by HyNet to move towards a 100% net zero power generation power station as the Gas Turbine technology becomes available. 

InterGen’s Rocksavage Plant Manager Dan Fosberg said Rocksavage has been safely generating energy to power the north west for nearly 25 years, but in order to meet the UK’s net zero targets, traditional generation needs to adapt.

"HyNet North West will allow us to pivot our operations as we transition to a low-carbon world. The proximity of the Rocksavage Power Plant to the HyNet North West hydrogen network provides us with an exciting and unique opportunity," he said.

As soon as the first stage of the hydrogen network is available at Runcorn, InterGen intends to modify the existing generating plant to consume a blend of hydrogen with natural gas and start to reduce our emissions.

The HyNet North West project milestones mean that Rocksavage could be the first plant in the UK to blend Hydrogen with natural gas, a step forward for the industry in the target for net-zero. Once the gas turbine technology becomes available, it will explore options with HyNet North West to create a zero emissions power station using 100% hydrogen. 

The project will play a big part in supporting Liverpool City Region in its commitment to reach zero carbon by 2040 and accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050. 

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Putting the Liverpool City Region at the heart of the Green Industrial Revolution is one of my top priorities. With our existing strengths in green energy, we have the potential to become the UK’s renewable energy coast. 

“I am committed to doubling the number of green jobs in our region and exciting projects like HyNet will be a key part of that. We’re going to lead the way, not only in doing our bit to tackle climate change, but in pioneering new and innovative technology that in turn attracts more jobs and investment to our region.”

David Parkin, HyNet North West Project Director, said HyNet North West will play a big part in tackling climate change regionally. "It will ensure the region remains an attractive location for investment and for companies to grow through the establishment of a clean economy, protection of skilled jobs and creation of thousands of new long-term employment opportunities.

“Our partnership with InterGen at Rocksavage shows just how great an impact HyNet will have on the region – decarbonising homes, workplaces, travel and industry.”

HyNet North West is a low carbon energy project at the forefront of the UK’s journey to a Net Zero future, being developed by a consortium comprising Progressive Energy, Cadent, Essar, Inovyn, Eni, University of Chester, CF Fertilisers and Hanson.

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