Many of the services G4S provides to governments, business and communities around the globe include the safe and secure transportation of either people or valuable material
To provide our customers with reliable and effective services, we operate a fleet of over 30,000 vehicles, including security patrol vehicles, prisoner escort vehicles and some 11,000 armoured cash transportation vehicles. It is this fleet which generates over 60% of our group’s carbon emissions and we have focused our primary efforts here to reduce our energy consumption.
By investing in new technologies such as stop‑start systems and solar cells to power ancillary systems; and vehicle replacement programmes to introduce energy efficient alternatives, we have cut the emissions of our vehicle fleet by 4.1% between 2009 and 2012, an average reduction per vehicle of 16.1% to 11.5 t/CO2e in 2012.
A more efficient vehicle fleet
In order to provide our customers and their communities with a safe and secure environment, we utilise a fleet of over 30,000 vehicles, including security patrol vehicles, prisoner escort vehicles and some 11,000 armoured cash transportation vehicles. It is this fleet that produces some 63% of our carbon emissions and where we have focused our primary efforts to reduce our energy consumption.
Since 2009 we have introduced a range of fuel efficiency measures into our fleet management, from real-time monitoring of driver behaviour and eco-driver training to investing in new technologies such as solar cells to power ancillary systems, stop-start systems and vehicle replacement programmes introducing energy efficient alternatives. These measures have helped us to cut the total emissions of our vehicle fleet by 4.1% between 2009 and 2012, an average reduction per vehicle of 17% in the same period.
Reducing the impact of our buildings
G4S occupies a wide range of buildings across the globe, covering more than 1.7 million square metres. Our facilities include corporate offices, employee accommodation, vehicle depots, industrial cash processing centres, prisons and detention centres.
Around 31% of our carbon emissions are generated by the energy and fuel consumption from these buildings and so we continually carry out a series of replacement programmes to implement lower energy environmental solutions wherever possible.
As one of the world’s largest employers we realise that our employees are critical to the success of our climate action strategy. Since 2009, “The Big Think” has helped our employees engage with G4S’s climate action programme and the issues surrounding climate change and energy efficiency, as well as demonstrating some of the steps that they can take both at home as well as at work.