Mitie has launched the UK’s first zero emission gritting service for commercial use, using an electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt. The service uses the first zero emission gritter of its kind – a 100% electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached. Both the EV itself and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by REGO-backed renewable energy, meaning the service is truly zero emission.
The new service is being trialled in Nottingham, with the gritter following a specially designed route in order to maximise the number of sites it can de-ice on one charge. While the gritter currently lasts around five hours between charging, as the trial continues Mitie will review how and where it is used to make the process more efficient, before rolling out to more cities ahead of winter 2021.
Mitie Landscapes designed the zero emission electric gritting service to support customers looking to reduce their environmental impact, particularly those in high-pollution areas, such as cities. It also builds on Mitie’s own Plan Zero commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025, while also supporting its customers in reaching their own sustainability targets.
This includes Mitie’s leading electric vehicle commitments. Mitie has more than 900 pure electric vehicles already in its fleet, with around 25 more being delivered each week, depending on lockdown restrictions.
Tim Howell, Managing Director, Landscapes, Mitie, said:
“When people think about cutting carbon emissions, gritting may not seem an obvious place to start. However, to be truly sustainable, businesses need to consider every aspect of their operations. We’re proud to be launching the UK’s first zero emission gritting service to help our customers keep their sites safe, while minimising their impact on the planet.”
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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.