Mitie has become a member of the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society aimed at driving action for a sustainable economy. The membership, which is by invitation only, is part of Mitie’s commitment to fight climate change and share its experiences to help other organisations reach net zero.
The Aldersgate Group draws from the experience of its different members, many of which are leading businesses in their sector, to develop and advocate for a competitive and environmentally sustainable economy. As the only facilities management business in the Group, Mitie’s membership will bolster the Group’s expertise in several areas – such as electric vehicles, energy management and waste management – that are key for businesses looking to be net zero.
Through its Plan Zero commitment, Mitie has pledged to reach net zero by 2025 for its operational emissions and to use its expertise to help other organisations achieve their own sustainability targets. As part of this commitment, Mitie has switched over 900 vehicles in its own fleet to electric and has launched a number of services to help customers cut their carbon emissions. For example, through its Zero Carbon for Zero Cost methodology, Mitie helped Vodafone improve the energy efficiency of its buildings, saving over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 and energy equivalent to £10m in three years. Meanwhile, through its zero emission gritting service, the UK’s first commercial gritting service to use an electric gritter, Mitie is helping businesses stay safe during the winter while limiting the impact on the planet.
Mitie recently marked the first anniversary of its Plan Zero initiative by announcing its new sustainability pledges for 2021. These include having at least 2,021 electric vehicles in its fleet by the end of 2021, saving 100,000 kWh of energy across its property estate and removing plastic bin liners from its offices, saving more than half a tonne of plastic each year. In addition to this, Mitie has also committed to setting science-based targets with the science-based targets initiative and has pledged to achieve net zero emissions from its supply chain, employee commuting and working from home by 2035.
Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, Mitie, said:
“We’re committed to fighting climate change and that’s why, as well as tackling our own emissions, a central part of Plan Zero is to help other organisations achieve their own sustainability ambitions. Becoming a member of the Aldersgate Group is a key part of these efforts and a great opportunity to broaden Mitie’s impact by sharing our expertise to support the fight against climate change.”
Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group, said:
“We welcome Mitie to the Group and look forward to working together to drive positive action on climate and the environment across the economy. To reach the UK’s ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2050, it is vital that all sectors contribute to lowering their emissions. Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment is an important statement in this regard, with the implementation of science-based net zero targets, resource efficiency and fleet decarbonisation being key to reducing overall industry emissions. With their expertise in electric vehicles, energy and facilities management, Mitie is a great addition to the Group.”
Notes to editors
Founded in 1987, Mitie is one of the UK’s leading facilities management (FM) and professional services companies. We offer a range of services to Central Government and Defence, Communities (Hospitals, PFI schools and Local Authorities); and Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning and Office Services) to Private Sector clients in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Transport, Retail and Telecoms; and Specialist Services (Care & Custody, Landscapes and Waste Management).
Mitie, which acquired Interserve’s FM business in December 2020, employs 77,500 people and is the champion of the ‘Front-Line Heroes’ who have kept Britain running during the COVID-19 pandemic. We take care of our customers’ people and buildings, by delivering essential services and deploying industry leading technology to create safe and effective workspaces.
The business continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past six months has received multiple awards.
Find out more at www.mitie.com.
About Aldersgate Group
The Aldersgate Group is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society that drives action for a sustainable economy. Our members include some of the largest businesses in the UK with a collective global turnover of over £550bn, leading NGOs, professional institutes, public sector bodies, trade associations and politicians from across the political spectrum. Our mission is to trigger the change in policy required to address environmental challenges effectively and secure economic benefits for the UK in doing so.