Fuel distributor and convenience store operator Applegreen is to offset the carbon emissions from its total fleet of trucks, delivery vans, and company cars, by buying carbon credits in support of a clean water initiative in East Africa, writes Brian Byrne.
The plan will offset more than 2,500 tonnes of carbon each year, and complements the recent initiative by the company in offsetting all emissions for customers of its premium grade PowerPlus fuel. The project in East Africa is expected in total to offset more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon each year.
According to Applegreen's COO Joe Barrett, the latest move is 'a significant step' on the company's sustainability journey. "We’re acutely aware of the contribution we need to make to a low carbon future, for present and future generations,. Carbon offsetting is something we can use to limit the global impact of fossil fuels and help our customers make a positive choice for the planet now, as we continue the transition towards electric vehicles.”
Applegreen has committed to investing a minimum of €1.5 million in carbon reduction initiatives over the next three years.