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Driving Forward: Siemens USA Aims for Carbon Neutral Fleet by 2030

By Matt Helgeson, Head of Sustainability, Siemens USA

As the conversation around infrastructure continues to take center stage across the U.S., including this week’s events organized by United for Infrastructure, a big part of that narrative involves taking strong action on climate.  

 

During the White House’s Leaders Summit on Climate last month, President Biden announced the United States will aim to cut the county’s emissions in half by 2030. We also learned that the U.S. Department of Transportation is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing the climate crisis and expanding ways for all modes of transportation to transition to zero emissions.  

 

At Siemens, we see this as an opportunity to focus on advancing our own efforts to address climate change. Six years ago, Siemens was the first global industrial company to make a commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Our plan mandated that by 2020, Siemens would be halfway there, and we have already exceeded that goal by reducing our emissions by 54 percent.  

 

However, this is less a cause for celebration than a moment where we can take our efforts to the next level, which includes the transportation sector. Last month, Siemens joined United Airlines’ Eco Skies Alliance as an important next step to help us reduce emissions stemming from both our supply chain and business travel.  

And as we look to further into the future, we know our work on one of the most critical levers—fleet emissions—is key to our success.  That’s why we’ve set a goal to transition to a fully carbon-neutral fleet in the U.S. by 2030. 

As we look to further into the future, we know our work on one of the most critical levers—fleet emissions—is key to our success. That’s why we’ve set a goal to transition to a fully carbon-neutral fleet in the U.S. by 2030.

That won’t come without challenges, as the transportation sector is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. And at Siemens, our U.S. fleet is made up of more than 10,000 vehicles, from sedans and service vans to light- and heavy-duty trucks. 

 

To address these emissions, we’ve put together a multi-disciplined team of experts in fleet, fleet infrastructure, facility efficiency, and climate action to implement a strategic plan. 

 

There are several initiatives underway, including: 

  • Accelerating electric-vehicle adoption in our fleet 

  • Educating fleet drivers on eco-driving techniques, such as zero idling 

  • Installing charging infrastructure at our facilities across the U.S. 

  • Partnering with vehicle manufacturers to speed the delivery of vehicles to mass market  

We’re also joining major initiatives focused on electrifying transportation: The Climate Group’s EV100, leading the transition to electric vehicles; ZETA, an industry-backed coalition advocating for national policies that will enable 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030; and the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance by Ceres that is helping companies accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and improve the policy landscape. 

 

Reducing fleet emissions is a top priority and critical pillar in achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and we’re on our way there.  

 

But for the country to achieve its carbon reduction goals, we all need to take this journey toward electrified transportation. That’s why we are helping other companies and communities do just that. For example, Penske, the truck leasing company with more than 370,000 vehicles, relies on Siemens’ EV charging technology as it continues to expand its heavy-duty electric vehicle charging network. We’ll expand on this part of the conversation this Thursday with Penske and Siemens during the Washington Post’s Transformers Recovery event, which you can register for here.  

 

Published: May 12, 2021

 

We continue to be encouraged at the momentum we see in our own business and by the impact our technologies are having to further our customers’ decarbonization efforts. Our hope is that as we continue to do our part in leading by example, we can influence other companies to do the same and achieve the biggest impact to ensure we are all prepared for a changing tomorrow.