Electric vehicles accelerate Russell Taylor Group’s environmental commitment
Posted by Alex Rutter on 23/06/2022
COMMITMENT to the green agenda is moving up a gear for Russell Taylor Group as the business begins to go electric for its company vehicles.
Three new fully electric cars and three hybrids are now among the fleet for staff working out of the Burton Manor headquarters – where there are charging points - and at the recruitment operation’s regional centres in other parts of the UK.
Managing director Rob Kurton sees the switch from petrol and diesel as another route for the business to embed sustainability into workplace culture.
He said: “We have always been aware of our responsibility to act environmentally and socially and listen to the concerns of our employees who see action for change as a major part of their lives.
“Switching to electric vehicles is yet another way to reduce our carbon emissions and set us on the green path to help tackle environmental issues.”
Already, Russell Taylor Group recycles all its paper and card through a locally-based waste carrier. Milk is also delivered daily in recyclable glass bottles, again from a local dairy.
Although face-to-face meetings with employers hiring staff and with candidates seeking employment have now been resumed after the pandemic, recruitment consultants are focussed on cutting down on travel to reduce carbon emissions and are continuing to use Zoom and Teams where they can to conduct business.
The company also encourages staff to take up the government Bike2Work scheme where employers can offer tax savings on bikes and cycling equipment, creating healthier lifestyles and reducing environmental pollution.
As the electric car fleet increases so will the number of charging points in the Burton Manor car park.
For Russell Taylor Group’s Manufacturing Division manager Kelly Newell (pictured), the switch to electric travel has becoming life-changing.
She said: “Apart from it being the right thing to do to create a cleaner environment, the other benefits are huge. Running costs are much lower and the car gets charged up while I’m in work – so no more queuing at the petrol pumps.”
In a bid to accelerate the UK’s road to net zero, the sale of cars fuelled wholly by diesel or petrol will be banned by 2030. A ban on the sale of hybrid cars is then set to follow from 2035.