At Switch we have a clear mission: to enrich lives through green mobility. For us, green mobility encompasses more than zero tailpipe emissions; it means operating as a carbon-neutral business in everything we do – from the research and development stage of our products, during their time on the road, right through to their eventual disposal at the end of their usable life. We are therefore delighted to have been formally certified as a carbon neutral business by Climate Partner.
Today’s certification is an important milestone in our sustainability agenda and recognises the important strides we have made in our first year of operations. Our sites are now powered by renewable energy, we are in the process of transitioning our service fleet to fully electric, and our new facility in Spain, on which we broke ground last week, will be carbon-neutral, both in construction as well as in operation. Energy use will also be monitored by a state-of-the-art system.
While carbon-neutral certification is an important milestone, it is only a small step in a far larger journey and we are cognisant that there is always work to be done to minimise our carbon footprint. We do all that we can to minimise our environmental impact but, like most carbon-neutral companies, some elements of our business still require carbon offsetting while other elements, such as the material within products and supply chains, will continue to be assessed to reduce their footprint.
However, we want to go further than simply minimising our environmental harm – we want to ensure we are actually having a positive impact on the planet. It is for this reason that we are planting 2,000 trees in Spain – one for every employee the facility will host when it is complete. We have also implemented robust criteria for potential suppliers to ensure they have a carbon management plan and are working with logistics providers to minimise the emissions of the supply chain.
We are excited to embark on the next part of our journey as a certified carbon neutral company, providing cutting-edge technology and driving the charge to a greener, better future.