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Firms join forces to help businesses ditch fossil fuel transport

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Pamela Barbato

 

A collective of pioneers in climate change solutions – including Chippenham-based Good Energy – have come together to help make a city’s transport cleaner and greener.

Spearheaded by digital hub Action Net Zero CIC and its founder Pamela Barbato, key partners in a campaign to help Bristol embrace green transport were revealed this week.

The partners will be working together to help Bristolians make greener choices when it comes to moving around the city, region, and the UK.

The partners are:

  • Good Energy - 100 percent renewable energy provider who also supports clean technology, including helping to get more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road.
  • Co Charger - enabling businesses and residents to share chargers, helping them change to electric vehicles sooner – including 40% of drivers who live in flats or don’t have driveways.
  • Rightcharge – the UK’s first EV-friendly energy tariff and charge point comparison site – over 8,000 drivers have connected to a charge point installer or an energy supplier, reducing their bills by an average of more than £500 per year.
  • ALD Automotive – operating in 43 countries to provide fleet and mobility solutions to corporate organisations, SMEs and private individuals – championing the decarbonisation of corporate mobility through the electrification of fleets.
  • Edwards - a world leader in clean air management solutions, they are dedicated to the eradication of toxic and global warming gases.

Pamela Barbato (pictured) said: “I’m proud to announce our current collaborators today and to help shine a light on Bristol, which is at the forefront of driving sustainable change”.

“We want to support both businesses and residents on their journey to greener transport, making it easy for them to switch to cleaner choices improving air quality, making it a healthier and happier city for everyone.

Nigel Pocklington, CEO of Good Energy, based in Chippenham, said: “One of the big challenges we need to address as we transition to clean transport is how we make it straightforward and fair for people to charge their electric cars with real renewable power.

"As a company on Bristol’s doorstep and with strong roots in the city, we know that if it’s possible to create a new kind of community-based clean transport scheme anywhere, it’s possible in Bristol.

“In keeping with the city’s history as a leader on environment and climate action, Action Net Zero Bristol looks set to create a blueprint for other cities to follow.”

The initiative has launched via a social media campaign and local media outreach campaign directing people to www.actionnetzero.org where they can be informed. There they will find tools, learn about incentives and plan how and when to switch to greener transport.

Pamela said: “We are also asking businesses and residents to join the evolution and help Bristol drive change. They can sign up to become ‘Transformers’ where they will be supported to make better transport choices and share their stories to inspire others.

“It could be as simple as joining a work cycle scheme, saving money by switching to 100% renewable energy or comparing electric car chargers, or seeking advice on how and when your business should switch to an electric fleet. Collectively we can help everyone on their net zero journey.”

Other organisations have also come alongside Action Net Zero Bristol to show their support. These include TLT, a law firm with expertise in clean energy, and Elmtronics, specialists in vehicle charging solutions and Business West, a membership organisation representing around 23,000 businesses across the South West.

Nina Skubala, head of climate strategy at Business West, said:  “Far from being the sole preserve of scientists and activists, climate change is now a mainstream business issue. There can be no prosperous future generated at the expense of the environment - businesses must act now.

“We are an organisation with the scale and influence to support and challenge the business community to adapt to meet the challenges of climate change.”

To find out more about Action Net Zero and the launch of its green transport campaign visit https://www.actionnetzero.org