Downer is committed to decarbonisation. We have set an ambitious long-term GHG emission reduction target that aligns with the 2015 Paris Agreement – which is to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase by 1.5 per cent by the end of the century.
We have committed to the decarbonisation of our absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 45-50 per cent by 2035 from FY18 base year, and to being net zero in the second half of this century.
Achieving this goal will require a sustained, concerted effort – and we are taking steps across the business to reduce our carbon footprint.
Asset Services’ introduction of Hyundai IONIQ electric vehicles to its light fleet is just one example. The first two cars have been introduced in Western Australia, and will be used as pool cars at our Canning Vale and Perth offices. Another two electric vehicles will be used at our office in Hexham, NSW.
Downer’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, Matt Hunter, says the new vehicles have many environmental and economic benefits and are a step towards achieving our decarbonisation goals.
“The introduction of the new electric vehicles demonstrates our commitment to championing sustainable initiatives and contributing to Downer’s emission reduction targets,” Matt says.
“The electric vehicles provide lower operating and maintenance costs, produce little or no local air pollution, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
“By initially using the electric vehicles as pool cars, it provides many of our employees the opportunity to drive an electric car and understand the differences, and reduces the stigma associated with transitioning from traditional internal combustion engines. With a range of over 200 kilometres per charge, the vehicles are suitable for most of our activities and feedback on the vehicles’ performance has been overwhelmingly positive.”
This project demonstrates Downer’s contribution to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals:
Downer is one of the largest and most experienced providers of design, build and maintenance services to Australia’s renewable energy market.
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