Milton Keynes Parks Trust (MKPT) is an independent charity which cares for over 6,000 acres of parkland and green space in Milton Keynes. With a target to become carbon netural by 2030, it is putting sustainability at the heart of the organisation and Milton Keynes’ green space.
The charity undertook a carbon footprinting exercise to identify where its emissions were coming from and discover what changes it could make on its journey towards carbon neutrality. It found that a third of their parks operations emissions came from MKPT owned transport. Decarbonising this could therefore bring the Parks Trust closer to its sustainability goals.
Transitioning to electric vehicles (EV) would help it on this journey, but Milton Keynes Parks Trust needed a partner which could offer a practical EV fleet solution using top models with a range which would cover a day’s work on a single charge.
The charity partnered with Volkswagen Financial Services Fleet (VWFS Fleet) to get the cars they needed to carry out their work across the city. Their growing fleet is now driving around Milton Keynes in Volkswagen ID.3s. Having the expertise of VWFS Fleet enabled Milton Keynes Parks Trust to identify the EVs which would best suit the needs of the organisation, allowing it to continue its vital work across the city. To support with the EV transition, the charity has also installed 23 free-to-use charging points across its estates to help support drivers transitioning to EVs.
Paul Arnold, Environmental Sustainability Manager from Milton Keynes Parks Trust said:
“We maintain beautiful landscapes across Milton Keynes, not just for the local community but also for the biodiversity and environmental benefit and we’re putting sustainability at the forefront of everything we do. We want to be a leader on the road to net zero and decarbonising our transport was a challenge we needed to tackle to meet our goal.
“Harnessing VWFS Fleet’s expertise for our electric fleet has allowed us to significantly reduce our scope 1 transport emissions. The vehicles have proven very popular making the transiton that much smoother.