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The Change to Electric Forklifts


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Travis Perkins Group, of which Travis Perkins is a part of, has accelerated the decarbonisation plan by swapping diesel forklift trucks - up to 1,100 - with electric alternatives and aims to do this by mid 2024, eight years ahead of schedule.


This is one of the largest forklift truck change programmes of its kind and, once the new forklift trucks have been rolled out across branches, it’s estimated that we’ll reduce scope 1 carbon emissions by up to 6,600 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to the carbon emissions produced by almost 4,000 cars*.


Alan Williams, CFO of the Group and our decarbonisation sponsor, commented: “Construction has a key role to play in decarbonising the built environment and we are committed to lead on this in our own business, our supply chain and in the wider industry.


“This forklift truck investment demonstrates our ambitious decarbonisation strategy in action across our operations. Project Switch will also positively impact our customers’ carbon footprint by reducing their Scope 3 emissions which remains a top priority for the Group.”


Travis Perkins Group continues its commitment to decarbonisation by investing in developing the skills needed for modern methods of construction, machinery, and technology through internal training and its leading Apprenticeship program. We also continually improve the energy efficiency of our buildings by using low carbon, renewable energy systems where possible. 


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*This calculation is based on 2020 figures, and an average car that drives 7,600 miles per year in the UK, and releases 1,682,383 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. For more information about CO2 emissions, click here.