Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
Stonbury's commitment to measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions across the company has highlighted that gas oil and diesel currently represent the two largest emission sources in their carbon footprint. With this in mind, Stonbury is working hard to identify and trial viable alternatives to using gas oil and diesel that will allow them to roll out new policies, procedures and incentives across the business.
Leading by example, over 50% of the company Directors are already driving electric vehicles or have them on order. The remaining 50% have committed to switching to EVs when their current car lease expires. However, it is not only board members who have committed to positive action. Stonbury has seen 50% of its managers choosing to make the switch to an EV for their next lease car.
'I have been hugely impressed with everyone at Stonbury on their commitment to doing the right thing. We are currently looking at our charging infrastructure, and I remain confident that our car fleet will be free of ICE vehicles within five years. Our next major challenge will be our commercial vehicle and plant fleet strategy. As technology in this area begins to catch up, I can see us carrying out practical trials within the next twelve months’.
Offering EV lease cars to employees provides a solution to those who are seeking to enhance their green credentials by reducing their carbon footprint. However, the decision to choose an EV can prove to be challenging as many are unsure of the technology and require more information regarding charging networks and travel capabilities.
As a result, Stonbury is keen to inform its employees about EV benefits including the potential to save company car drivers thousands in tax over a three-year lease period, following the Government's decision to reduce BIK tax rate for pure EVs from 16% to 0%. In addition, Stonbury is already working on strategies to improve the rate of uptake across the company.
‘It's fair to say that many of us are looking for opportunities to be more eco-friendly both at home and in the workplace. So, for those of us provided with a company car, choosing an EV can go some way to satisfying our desire to be kinder to the environment. Furthermore, choosing a pure EV rather than a petrol/diesel model will save a fortune in personal tax and Stonbury plan to cover the cost of home charging units which is fantastic'.