ChargeBox has strategically sourced nearly 100% of their components and manufacturers locally in the UK and developed strong relationships with a small number of suppliers. They will work collaboratively with these businesses to help them understand and reduce their carbon footprint, with a focus on creating green initiatives that help the wider UK business community reduce their environmental impact.
ChargeBox is working closely with their supply chain to redesign key product components to make them more durable and easier to repair. Additionally, they will redesign their products so that components can be salvaged and re-used in new products. This design approach will keep materials in use for as long as possible and significantly reduce the embodied carbon in each unit. It will also reduce the number of site visits needed to service and repair their units.
Transport is the third biggest emitter and a key part of ChargeBox’s service due to the frequency of site visits for installation, servicing and removal. While some emissions are from rented vehicles, the rest stem from their clients’ logistics companies. ChargeBox will encourage these logistics companies to switch to EVs and is implementing a travel policy to encourage public transport use when attending sites if there is no equipment delivery or removal. ChargeBox has also introduced a cycle to work scheme.
After manufacturing, the highest carbon impact for ChargeBox is generated from the energy needed to power their charging stations. The charging stations have been designed to be energy efficient, but rely on clients to provide the power source. ChargeBox will engage with clients and offer incentives to encourage a switch to renewable energy providers.