Current circumstances have shown that a significant reduction in the use of fossil fuel vehicles really has an impact on air quality, as well as a positive impact on our wider environment, and we are a huge advocate of this change, but think we can go further.
As CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, I realised I was in a unique position to help influence and encourage people to think more about the environment, and their impact on it, and help encourage behaviour change as we move towards a new future. My team and I have worked together to create the Octopus Electric Vehicles Green Business Charter, which encourages businesses to rethink their green credentials, and take active steps towards reducing their carbon footprint through:
Sign up to the Go Green Car Scheme to offer all employees the opportunity to switch to an EV with huge savings
A commitment that all future company cars and fleet vehicles will be electric
Install EV chargers at business premises where relevant
This one may not be applicable to all businesses, for example offices in London that don’t have employee car parks
Offer remote working and staggered hours (where possible) to reduce the environmental impacts of rush hour
This will also ensure staggered use of on-site chargers is possible
Switch business energy use to a green supplier
Employees could also be encouraged to do the same with their domestic energy supply
Sign up to a cycle to work scheme
Pledge to carbon neutral by a particular date
We would suggest this be a ‘stretch target’ to encourage drastic action e.g. 2021/2
Adopt an employee incentive programme to encourage consideration of individual actions in the office and how this affects the environment
This could include things like bonuses or rewards for meeting certain targets (switching off their computer each day, recycling, reducing water use or paper wastage) or an environmental employee of the month
Why have we focused on businesses?
We know that change is inevitable, and that we can all make a difference, but we have focused our charter on businesses as together we can make a larger collective difference. Businesses also have the opportunity to influence their employee’s behaviour through initiatives, and become a leading example for how we should be operating moving forward.
How does my business sign up to your Green Business Charter, do we have to be of a certain size?
We want to work with businesses of all size from sole traders to larger businesses, to get involved, just drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if my business can’t commit to all of these?
Not a problem at all, let’s work together on how we can make your business greener.
We have thought a lot about making this charter, and decided now would be the perfect time, as we have been given the opportunity to think more holistically about how we want to influence the environment longer term, and as we have recently launched our Go Green Car Scheme, believe this is an extension of our scheme, and something we will encourage our customers to be a part of.
To sign up to the Green Charter, click here