In action: Exploring Skanska's electric vehicle charging retrofit
edie has launched a new three-page download looking at how EDF-owned chargepoint provider Pod Point assisted Skanska on its mission to become carbon-neutral by 2045 by retrofitting a key office with chargpoints for EVs.
Construction and property development giant Skanska has committed to reducing the carbon emissions of its UK business to zero by 2045, without purchasing carbon credits for offsetting. As an interim target on the road to 2045, Skanska UK is aiming to halve its total carbon footprint by 2030, against a 2010 baseline. This will require the company to cut its carbon intensity – the amount of CO2e it produces per £1m of revenue – to 130 by 2030, against a 2010 baseline of 351.
Such an ambitious target will require equally ambitious plans. Last year, Skanska introduced a new transport policy which means the company will no longer offer pure petrol or diesel vehicles to employees. Instead, EVs and petrol-electric hybrids – if more practical – will be offered.
Of course, offering EVs to employees creates a logistical challenge over the availability of charge points. This "In action" guide explains how working with Pod Point on the integration of EV charge points is helping Skanska move to EVs across the company.
The three-page case study explores how Skanska worked with EDF-owned chargepoint provider Pod Point to install EV chargers at its Hertfordshire office in Maple Cross. As part of its low-carbon approach, it uses electric and low-emissions vehicles both operationally and as company cars.
The case study specifically explores how the substation on the site was upgraded to ensure capacity to supply energy to all 243 spaces in the multi-storey car park, should Skanska decide to install more chargepoints, while restricting use solely for employees and visitors.
Earlier this year, a new report by industry group Eurelectric and Ernst & Young (EY) found that electrifying public and private fleets would cut around half of all road emissions in Europe.
Transitioning the roughly 63 million cars, vans, buses and trucks operated by private companies or public authorities in Europe would have the “biggest and fastest” impact on road emissions, according to the report. Already, around two-thirds of all new vehicles purchased in the EU are company-owned.
As such, corporates are seeking to transition their fleets to EVs ahead of impending legislative bans on the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles. This guide outlines are the challenges, and how they can be overcome, when considering switching to an EV fleet and providing onsite charging.