Across all our operations, National Grid is determined to find better and smarter ways to manage our internal operations and business practices to help reduce our emissions. This includes waste reduction, employee commuting, and our company’s purchased goods which entail everything from office paper to large pieces of substation equipment.
Supplier engagement continues to be a priority within our supply chain operations to reduce our purchased goods emissions. We work with our suppliers to guide them toward setting carbon reduction targets and we have an internal target of having 75% of our top 250 suppliers to have active carbon reduction targets by 2030. This aids us in reaching our carbon reduction goals for Scope 3 emissions as well as enables sustainable operations in the field/site work.
As part of our SBTi commitment, we are looking to better calculate our purchased goods’ emissions and we hope to gain a better understanding of how our purchasing choices impact our scope 3 emissions.
Since 2020 we have implemented a policy where all major construction products must consider a cost of carbon in their investment decision. This work includes analyzing both electric and gas material purchases and the civil work required to complete the project. By working with our vendors to understand our indirect construction emissions, we can include such metrics in our selection processes, and we can push the industry to reduce their emissions.
Our employee EV program offers our employees up to $5,000 back on an electric vehicle purchase or lease and has seen tremendous success. Since the program launched in April 2018, 585 employees have taken advantage of the EV financial incentives – from shareholder, not customer, funds. We have installed 190 charging ports at 36 National Grid facilities and will be adding more charging infrastructure for our employees in the future. We own and manage 177 Level 2 stations across our jurisdictions, as well as 3 DC fast charging stations in Massachusetts.