Outsourcing firm Mitie has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2025.
Mitie employs 48,900 people across the country and has a range of contracts within the public and private sector, from engineering to energy and waste management.
To meet net-zero, the company has set targets around three key areas.
From power and transport, they want to eliminate carbon emissions by converting their fleet to zero-emission, using 100% renewable energy and increasing their use of smart technology.
Through their waste contracts, Mitie will eliminate single-use plastic and only procure items which can be recycled. They also say they will use exclusively non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products.,
Mitie also wants to enhance inefficient buildings by investing in smart energy technology adding they will only choose new offices with an ‘excellent’ BREEM rating.
Simon King, Mitie’s new Director of Sustainability, said: ‘The climate emergency is a problem that we all need to take responsibility for. If we have any chance of solving it, then businesses need to take bold action now. Plan Zero is our ambitious 2025 commitment, to lead the way, not just within our own industry but across wider UK business too.
‘We’re putting the expertise within our business into action.
‘We’re stepping up the roll out of our electric fleet, powering our buildings with renewables and championing the circular economy. Plan Zero is our promise to protect the planet and leave it in a better condition than we found it. Over the next five years, and beyond, this will simply become how Mitie does business and we hope many more companies will join us on this journey.’
Several major companies have made net-zero pledges so far this year.
Earlier this week, building giant Sir Robert McAlpine committed to net-zero within the next five years.
They made the pledge in their new sustainability strategy for 2020-2024 which sets how the company will implement new carbon reduction initiatives, cut down on construction waste and use more ethical supply chains to reach the goal.