The Irish construction company John Sisk & Son announced plans to invest €2.8 million on a fleet of more than 100 EVs for its company fleet over the next four years.
The investment is part of a “company-wide drive to enhance energy efficiency”, which the construction company estimated will save them €450,000 annually, mainly due to no longer having to pay for diesel fuel. Another €80,000 will go to build fast charging stations at their offices and “construction sites around the State”.
Sisk’s energy manager, Ian O’Connor added that the energy savings would be particularly large, as the construction company’s energy costs are mainly related to their vehicles: “More than a quarter of our current energy consumption is attributed to our fleet. The switch to electric cars and vans can significantly reduce this so it is an obvious progression for our business.” The move will also save an estimated 560 tonnes of CO2 emissions. By its own calculations, Sisk’s total corporate emissions come to 20,240 tonnes of CO2 equivalent at the moment.
A company spokesperson added that this is not the only environmentally friendly initiative by the company, as they are investing in a number of different measures to improve their carbon footprint: “Other projects we are working on include energy efficient site accommodation, utilising big data through plant telematics to effectively measure and reduce diesel consumption, and trials of hybrid power generators. In addition to this, Sisk has mandated that all timber used on our sites is procured from certified sustainable sources.”