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Compass adopts electric vehicle policy 

Compass Group UK & Ireland has adopted a 100 per cent electric car policy for all new fleet cars. The move will provide over 500 employees with the opportunity to order an electric vehicle (EV) by the end of the year.

Around 900 employees entitled to company cars will be offered the opportunity to switch over to electric vehicles by May 2024 at the latest. Compass has also taken an active role in improving access to charging points – funding installations at colleagues’ homes and installing points in UK offices in Birmingham and Chertsey.

The rollout of EVs has started with those who have high mileage and the longest leases, so that the implementation has the biggest impact on emissions immediately.

Compass is also increasing the number of charging points at client sites. This announcement follows the Government committing an additional £620 million to electric vehicle charging infrastructure and targeted grants, as part of its Net Zero strategy.  

Ian Cranna, Future Food Offer and New Channels Director at Compass Group UK & Ireland commented: “COP26 has again brought into focus the necessity of taking action to reduce and reverse climate change and we are proud that our market leading Net Zero commitment and Roadmap to Net Zero outline how we will make our contribution to this effort. Our move to 100 per cent electric fleet vehicles is an important milestone towards achieving our goals in partnership with clients, suppliers and employees.”

Ian Murphy, Managing Director, Foodbuy (Compass’ procurement business) said: “We’ve worked with our car partner, to research a comprehensive and forward thinking policy and range of cars that suit our peoples’ needs – this is an ambitious and significant investment. Our next step will be to look at our vans across the business – we’re already tracking activity and mileage to assess the viability of moving them across to electric vehicles, so we hope to make progress in this area very soon.”

This move follows the organisation’s commitment to reach Climate Net Zero by 2030, which saw it publish Our Climate Promise and Roadmap to Net Zero. 

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