Global technology group ABB has announced that it will completely electrify its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by 2030. The company’s climate protection goals also include using only renewable energy, as well as establishing energy efficiency targets and energy management systems.
In Sweden, ABB has already begun converting its approximately 700 company cars to all-electric vehicles. In the UK, ABB announced last year that it would convert its more than 500 company cars to a fully electric fleet as early as 2025.
Now, leading up to World Environment Day on 5th June, ABB has announced that it has joined three initiatives run by the non-profit organisation The Climate Group.
The first of these is the EV100 initiative, founded by the Climate Group in 2017, which includes Ikea, Deutsche Post DHL, Vattenfall, Baidu and LeasePlan. The initial idea was to send a strong market message by pledging to decarbonise their fleets by 2030, which seems to have had a resounding effect.
ABB has now joined what has grown to currently over a hundred corporate members and the Swiss-Swedish corporation has similarly pledged to electrify its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by 2030.
However, fleet electrification is just part of the group’s plan to achieve CO2 neutrality in its own operations by 2030.
ABB has joined the RE100 initiative with the commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Last year, 32% of the electricity ABB needed was either purchased as “certified green electricity” or generated by its own PV power.
In April this year, ABB also introduced the third generation of its Terra High Power charger for electric vehicles. The new charger is the further development of the second-generation Terra HP, which has over 2,500 installations to date.
Last but not least, the third initiative joined by ABB is the EP100 initiative, with which ABB has committed to setting energy efficiency targets and further implementing energy management systems at company sites. The electric specialist company says that it already more than 100 ABB sites are covered by externally certified or self-declared energy management systems, according to the company.
Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer at ABB, said:
“At ABB, we want to lead by example across our own operations and the confirmation that our ambitious targets are now scientifically verified is an important milestone for the company.”
Indeed, the company’s reduction targets have now been recognised by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which confirms they are consistent with the 1.5°C scenario of the Paris Agreement.