Renault Trucks UK & Ireland and its dealer network have committed to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas status by 2030.

Unveiling details of its Sustainability Initiative today (12 January) the manufacturer said the programme will be driven by a nationwide transformation programme across the firm's operations and dealer network.

Carlos Rodrigues, MD at Renault Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “We recognise the global challenges of climate change and as a business we have a responsibility to act.

“The commitment of our Warwick headquarters and our dealer network to achieve net-zero by 2030 underlines the importance we place on playing our part in creating a more sustainable future.

“I am very grateful and honoured that all our private distributors agreed to start this journey with the manufacturer. Together, the extended Renault Trucks family will significantly reduce our carbon footprint in many areas of our direct control and value chain across the UK and Ireland.”

He added: “Our sustainability initiative in the UK and Ireland is forward-thinking; delivering this change will take bold thinking, innovation and collaboration with our private dealer network.

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“While some of these changes are happening already, with the Covid-19 pandemic hastening the shift to home working and reduced travel, some changes will require longer-term transition and investment.

“We are determined to decarbonise our operations and make a difference. We will be sharing the steps we are taking along this journey to reduce our carbon footprint gradually, starting in 2021.”

Working with sustainability and environmental consultancy, Avieco, Renault Trucks UK & Ireland established across all Renault Trucks UK & Ireland operations, 44% emissions were from travel, 52% energy and 4% other (waste, paper and water) in 2019.

The company has pledged to encourage energy saving behaviours, implement a zero waste strategy and switch to 100% fossil free energy by 2030.

Renault Trucks UK & Ireland is also tackling its indirect emissions that are linked to, but not owned by, the company.

It has identied those areas which are directly under its control and will act upon those where it can, whilst others will be managed as part of the wider Volvo Group’s approach.

Its announcement follows the UK government’s ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ which accelerates the ban on new petrol and diesel passenger car and van sales after 2030 and takes forward the nation’s legal requirement to deliver net-zero by 2050, 20 years after Renault Trucks UK’s target.