Portuguese engineering firm Efacec has taken steps to strengthen its sustainability strategy and its participation in decarbonising the economy by joining two global sustainability pledges, promoted by the United Nations and The Climate Group respectively. Generation Read more: Climate change: Adaptation and mitigation solutions The EV100 is a global initiative that brings together companies focusedon accelerating the transition to electric vehicles. Efacec thus reinforces itssustainability priorities. The company is committed to convert its car fleet toelectric vehicles by 2030, supporting and encouraging its employees to embraceelectric mobility by installing charging points across its two main industrialfacilities. Efacec has joined the EV100, an initiative promoted by The Climate Group, and is committed to convert its fleet to electric vehicles by 2030 while providing charge points for its workforce. This initiative is also a key step towards preventing a 1.5ºC rise in temperature and achieving carbon neutrality. In addition to reducing direct emissions, this commitment will encourage employees to switch to electric vehicles. “With forecasts predicting that, by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, it is essential to create smarter cities and sustainable mobility solutions. We develop breakthrough fast and ultra-fast charging solutions that are leveraged by our Smart Digital eMobility management platform. Being at the forefront of technological innovation, Efacec is contributing to achieving carbon neutrality in its operations and with its partners, such as the Formula E team DS Techeetah. We are proud to be the first European EV charging manufacturer to join EV100 and one step further to chase together the electric dream,” said Ângelo Ramalho, CEO of Efacec. By joining “Business Ambition for 1.5ºC”, Efacec is committed to setting climate targets in its operations and value chains that are aligned with its ambition to limit global temperature rise to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels. This commitment involves halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as well as achieving zero net emissions by 2050. The goals set by Efacec will be supported and validated by Science Based Targets (SBTi) methodology and will be constantly monitored. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Connecting efforts to limit global warming and promoting the transition to electric mobility are the main goals set by Efacec to join these initiatives. EV100: Global commitment to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector With a comprehensive presence in the value chain of Energy, Mobility andEnvironment, Efacec acts as a solution provider, EPC contractor (Engineering,Procurement and Construction) and O&M service partner. Efacec is present instrategic markets such as Europe, the United States of America, Latin America,Asia, Middle East, Maghreb and Southern Africa. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The new targets will require the implementation of innovative technologies and business process development for greater carbon efficiency. In addition, collaboration between companies will be critical to optimising value chains. Sandra Roling, Head of EV100, said: “We are excited to welcome Efacec asthe 60th member of EV100. By joining this international leadershipplatform, Efacec demonstrates its commitment to electric transport not onlythrough the charging technology it develops, but by walking the talk in its ownoperations. We hope their example will inspire many more companies to join us,in Portugal and around the world.” BRICS “To protect the environment must be a common goal for all stakeholders, whether from a public or a private domain. There is no time to waste to minimize climate change’s effects. We need to gather efforts and develop good practices. This is why Efacec has taken a new step as a worldwide respected company, setting an example by joining a global initiative, and committing itself to contribute to the decarbonisation of the economy. It is only with actual and convincing steps that companies can positively impact the society,” said Ângelo Ramalho, CEO of Efacec. The promotion of electric mobility is part of Efacec’s agenda. Besidesoffering its staff preferential conditions for home chargers, Efacec hasalready equipped all its relevant industrial sites with charging points. As aleading EVSE technology player, Efacec contributes to the UN’s SustainableDevelopment Goals, by developing sustainable solutions and implementing actionsthat make the shift to an electrified future ever more real and near. Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Efacec has just signed “Business Ambition for 1.5ºC” Letter ofCommitment, an initiative led by the United Nations Global Compact, the world’slargest business sustainability initiative. Read more: ABB expands footprint in the Chinese e-mobility market According to The Climate Group, the transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, accounting for 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Electric transport offers a major solution in cutting millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, as well as curbing transport related air and noise pollution. With businesses owning over half of all newly registered vehicles on the road, it is crucial that companies lead the shift to electric vehicles. Through their investment, and influence on millions of staff and customers worldwide, they can address rising global transport emissions. By setting out their future EV purchasing requirements on an ambitious timescale, companies can drive mass rollout and make electric cars more rapidly affordable for everyone around the world. TAGSClean energyClimate changeElectric Vehicles Previous articleInitiate! energy start-up and innovation programme goes globalNext articleAfrican countries tout their oil and gas investment opportunities Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. 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