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Driving Towards a Greener Future: Our Sustainable Strides Driving Towards a Greener Future: Our Sustainable Strides

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Driving Towards a Greener Future: Our Sustainable Strides

Published 5th October 2023Read Time 2 min

We are excited to share the strides we’ve taken towards a more sustainable future. From using cleaner fuels to adding more electric cars and saving energy in our offices, every effort counts.

By substituting approximately 15% of our diesel use with HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), we are saving the equivalent of 25 tonnes of carbon each month. HVO, or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, is a green diesel made entirely from renewable waste. It works like regular diesel in most engines, either on its own or mixed. It’s much kinder to the environment, with only 5-10% of the carbon impact of regular diesel.

Plus, it’s a cleaner and safer fuel. AA Patrols have noticed that their engines run smoother with HVO.
Our electric vehicle (EV) fleet has increased from 3 cars in January 2022 to 11 now, which means we’ve taken 8 diesel cars off the road, which reduces our emissions by about 1 ton of CO2 each month. If we were using diesel cars, the emissions would be over 3 tons of CO2 each month, much higher than with EVs.

We’ve also made strides in reducing our office energy consumption, resulting in a monthly decrease of around 1 ton of CO2 compared to last year. These efforts include: Keeping a close watch on all energy usage, transitioning to LED lighting at the Rescue Operations Centre, establishing consistent HVAC settings at the head office, temporarily shutting off HVAC on unused floors and adjusting the aircon temperature slightly in communication rooms.

In summary, we’re taking big steps towards sustainability. We’re using cleaner fuels, getting more electric cars, and saving energy. By swapping out some of our diesel with HVO, we save 25 tonnes of carbon every month. We now have more electric cars, which means we don’t need 8 diesel ones anymore. Plus, we’re using less energy in our offices, which cuts down about 1 ton of CO2 each month. By making these adjustments, we aim to contribute to a more sustainable future for everyone. But our commitment doesn’t end here. We aim to continuously work towards even greater sustainability.