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Elgin-based property developer Springfield reaches new milestone in efforts to reduce carbon footprint

By Ewan Malcolm

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AN Elgin-based property developer has reached a new milestone in its efforts to reduce the business' carbon footprint.

Kevin McLennan is the 100th employee to recieve a zero-emissions company vehicle.
Kevin McLennan is the 100th employee to recieve a zero-emissions company vehicle.

Springfield Properties has completed the handover of its 100th fully electric company car just over a year after the launch of the scheme.

Kevin McLennan, Project Surveyor for Springfield's affordable business, is the latest employee to receive a zero-emissions company vehicle.

Kevin, from Forres, is just one of 240 employees who are eligible for an electric company car with nearly 60 per cent of staff having signed up to the scheme which launched in September 2021.

Kevin said: “With such a focus on sustainable living, I was keen to explore ways I could reduce my personal carbon footprint and an electric car is a good way to do this.

"It’s great to work for a forward-thinking company like Springfield that cares about the environment and their employees.”

The home builder has been working with EV technology since 2019 when it made a commitment to to its customers to make it easier for them to switch to an electric vehicle.

Earlier this year, the Springfield Group published its first Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy with a focus on people and the environment.

Springfield Chief Executive, Innes Smith, said: “Across the Springfield Group, we are committed to operating more sustainably, which means looking carefully at how we work and in the way we build our homes to ensure our customers benefit.

"With developments across Scotland, our employees are regularly travelling to our sites, so making the switch to electric company cars is a great step towards reducing our carbon emissions.”

Arranged by Glassgreen Hire, the plant company within the Springfield Group, the scheme was introduced as part of a wider strategy for the group to reduce its carbon footprint.

Mr Smith added: “We’re really pleased to have had such a positive uptake from staff and, just over a year on, with 100 employees driving a more sustainable vehicle, we hope that our success can show the appetite for EVs and help set a positive example at a pivotal time for sustainability in the construction industry.

“We’re equally delighted to hear that our customers are benefitting from our investment in EV infrastructure, with a third of customers telling us they have either already bought, or intend to buy, an electric car in the next year.”

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