Electrifying your journey to net zero
By David Butters, head of B2B at E.ON Drive, E.ON UK Decarbonisation needs to occur at pace, and there are two fundamental areas to reaching these goals. According to UK government figures, heating alone accounts for about 37% of total UK carbon emissions and transport is responsible for a further 24%. E.ON works across both these essential areas, with E.ON Drive, our electric vehicle charger business designed to make the road to net zero a lot smoother for work place charging, home charging for fleets and public charging. E.ON has installed in excess of 36,000 charge points across the UK and Europe, working with local councils, private residents and businesses to deliver the most suitable solutions for specific requirements.
It has become increasingly clear to all parties just how significant the role electric vehicles (EVs) must play in driving net zero. For those organisations taking their first steps into EVs, the range of actions, requirements and options can be staggering but it is an ideal entry point into the wider decarbonisation journey. It’s important to start that journey now, especially across fleets, where it can be a longer, gradual process. Once organisations have a strategy for electrifying their fleet and putting EV charging in place, accommodating this shift requires considerable changes to both behaviour and investment in the infrastructure.
There are many benefits to transitioning your fleet to EVs, including financial and employee benefits, as well as customer retention and satisfaction. More and more employees and customers are becoming conscious of sustainability and factor this into their decision-making. Proving that you walk the talk is really important. As we race towards the UK government date of 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned, moving to EVs and setting up a charging infrastructure is both a logical and practical decision.