The carmaker Nissan has embarked on a a timely new initiative to support its dealerships in achieving their net-zero and commercial goals.
Working with Mitie, the UK’s leading facilities transformation company, it has designed a dealer network programme that looks at energy usage and requirements to explore future-proofing net zero strategies, associated operational efficiencies and related financing solutions.
Frank Oldfield, Head of Energy Services at Nissan Motor GB, said: “There is a huge opportunity for dealerships to install low carbon technologies on their sites, and in so doing help future proof their businesses.
“We are delighted to have teamed up with Mitie on this initiative, which will hopefully kickstart many improvement campaigns and see sophisticated heat and power controls, solar PV, second life battery, heat pumps and more installed across the network.”
The UK Green Building Council states that the built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. Almost half of this is from energy used in buildings and infrastructure that has nothing to do with their functional operation.
Meanwhile, the UK government has set in law the world’s most ambitious climate change target, cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.
Given that backdrop, with an ever increasing EV car parc and heightened energy demand, it is no surprise that forecasts of power prices staying high well into the next decade (Source: GB Power Market Outlook to 2030) are being taken seriously.
Frank added: “Today dealerships can be spending over three times more on heat and power than they were three years ago, so looking at ways to mitigate this impact on their bottom line and maximise sustainable profitability is an imperative.”
A Mitie spokesperson said: ‘‘We’re excited to be working with Nissan and other leading UK brands on their Net Zero Strategies projects.
”It’s great to see Nissan working on such an initiative to support their dealers explore the environmental benefits and cost savings that could result from embarking or continuing on a path to net zero.”