As an ISO 14001 accredited company we continuously focus on reducing our impacts to the environments that we operate in. We have been reviewing our fleet to establish how we can most effectively improve and have invested in several hybrid powered vehicles.
Our first batch of Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids arrived last week at Brogan HQ. The Prius Plug-ins will be used by our Contracts Managers to replace their traditional diesel powered vehicles.
This switch-over will support wider Brogan initiatives on lowering our emissions and improving the environmental impact of our construction activities.
These cars have a noticeable improvement over our previous models' stats, with a WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) C02 emission of 28-34g/km. This is well within the current regulations, which are set at 95g CO2/km for cars.
This regulation, converted by the UK with European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, also sets mandatory fleet-wide average CO2 emission reduction targets of 15% in 2025 for both cars and vans and then further reductions of 31% and 37.5% in 2030 for vans and cars respectively, which Brogan Group are working towards.
Our Contracts Managers have an essential requirement to be on-site to see, advise on the implementation of our access solutions and coordinate with the Principal Contractor. A significant proportion of our work is in and around London, where the large majority of high-rise buildings are constructed that require our specialist powered access solutions to facilitate that construction work.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), introduced in April 2019 is another progressive example of the effects of London specific legislation, and from 25 October 2021, the ULEZ is expanding from central London to create a single, larger zone up to, but not including the North Circular and South Circular Roads.
Although from this date Hybrid vehicles will no longer be exempt from the central London congestion charge it is worth the environmental savings that include a 97% reduction in legal limit exceedance for N02 around Schools and a saving of 12,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions.