Logistics organisations are all focused on their green targets but many are confused about where to start and how to reach their goals. We spoke to Nancy Hobhouse, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at Evri, about EVRi’s journey in this video interview. Nancy is joining us on the 24th May at our London Logistics Networking to lead a session on how to set your ESG targets and how to achieve them. You can register now!
Nancy, Evri has committed to some very bold NetZero targets. What are you planning and how are you going to achieve it?
In 2021 we set a number of ambitious goals to achieve NetZero including achieving carbon neutrality across the entire business by 2035.
This will include Scope 1, 2, and 3. It’s unusual for our sector to include Scope 3 (suppliers) however a huge number of our clients are retailers and as the entire retail industry has committed to achieving NetZero by 2035, we need to be able to support their goals.
We’ve taken a year-by-year approach ensuring we maintain a 7% reduction each year and although 2035 is our target we’re currently focused on the next three years, addressing large carbon reduction which obviously sits within our own fleet, our couriers, and the purchasing of goods and services.
What steps are you taking in all of these areas?
We understand that the technology for large HGV hydrogen has a long way to go which is why we’re currently using Bio-CNG (Bio-Compressed Natural Gas). Our EV fleet for our van network is growing each year. Currently we have 30% low carbon vehicles with the aim to increase this every year.
We’re also working in partnership with our Level 1 suppliers to gather real time data about the purchase of goods and services, and then analysing it together to work out how we can reduce the numbers. We want to bring our suppliers on the journey and ensure we all work together to achieve carbon neutrality.
Our network of self-employed couriers is another large part. The challenge is that we don’t have a say on what type of vehicle they’re using and we don’t want to affect their price per parcel.
We are looking at how to help the client to use the most sustainable journey – one of the solutions is e-cargo bikes. So far, we have delivered over 160,000 parcels with them.
How hard was it to map all of the areas and understand the data?
Our first point of call was to do a detailed Carbon Footprint. We also looked at what can be done and how it can be achieved. We realise there isn’t a lot of time and we are setting our targets at the most crucial areas.
You can watch the full video interview with Nancy Hobhouse, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at EVRi below. Nancy is joining us on the 24th May at our London Logistics Networking Event. She will lead a session on how to set your ESG targets and how to achieve the best results. Register now! ✷
The event will also welcome Descartes Systems Group, Zedify, and Backhouse Jones Solicitors as speakers.
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