The future is green, with Tusker celebrating World EV day with news that it has become a net positive contributor to the environment after 11 years of carbon neutrality.
Tusker was proud to celebrate World EV Day 2021 (9 September) with the news that it has become a net positive contributor to the environment, having beaten its own annual carbon neutrality target by 10%.
This comes after 11 consecutive years of Tusker being carbon neutral.
Although it is well known that for the past few years Tusker has been working with blue chip companies to promote the take-up of zero and low emission cars on its salary sacrifice scheme, Tusker’s own efforts to remain a responsible and sustainable business are less well known, and the fact that it has now become carbon positive underlines this commitment to the future of the planet.
Paul Gilshan, Tusker CEO
“World EV Day is all about driving change, and at Tusker we are committed to increasing our sustainability through every aspect of our business.”
“Even the business park where our Watford-based HQ is based is environmentally friendly and we use 100% renewable energy throughout. Plus, we can rest assured our many recycling initiatives have sent zero office waste to landfill since 2012. We also provide EV charging points for our employees and encourage a car sharing scheme to contribute to our carbon neutral status,”
The switch to EV is well underway with Tusker’s customers, and the momentum of change shows no sign of stopping. In 2019, just 13% of its salary sacrifice vehicles were EV, however just two years later this figure has climbed to 73%. This has made a huge impact on the average CO2 of its 20,000-vehicle fleet reducing it from 107.9g/km in 2019, to just 70.2 g/km in 2021.
Two thirds of the Tusker car-order bank across all grades of taxpayer are now EV which represents an average CO2 of just 37.3g/km which puts it on track to achieving a fleet average CO2 target of 0g/km by 2030.
Tusker is aware that not all drivers can run a hybrid or EV which is why Tusker spends a great deal of time advising individuals as to the fuel and car type which best suits their annual driving habits.
For the salary sacrifice vehicles which are petrol, diesel or hybrid, Tusker offsets the tailpipe emissions based on annual mileages using the Verified Carbon Standard offsetting project. This ensures that real-world differences are made in the quest for carbon off-setting, with measurable results being recorded by internationally recognised bodies. In 2020 Tusker offset 132 tonnes of C02 via a solar farm project in the Philippines, marking its 10th year as a carbon neutral business. In late 2021 it will be planting 200 trees in a school in Hertfordshire.
And the next focus for Tusker is to understand how hydrogen will contribute to future emissions reduction as more car makers introduce new models. Sometimes, it is easy being green.