New electric vehicles for Eurotunnel and ISS at Coquelles site
Eurotunnel and ISS, a leader in the facility-management industry and a long-standing partner of the Group in charge of various duties in all Eurotunnel’s departments (rolling stock, infrastructure), have mutually agreed to increase their fleet of cars to be used at the Coquelles site by buying electric vehicles.
There are now 31 “green” vehicles which will be used by employees of both companies. For Eurotunnel, 7 new vehicles will be added to the 13 cars already available to the operations and rolling stock staff, while ISS, with 160 employees at the Coquelles site, will replace 11 of its 25 vehicles with Renault Zoé.
Additional charging stations have been installed to make a supply of electricity available to different areas at the particularly-extensive Eurotunnel site (7 stations are available over 650 hectares).
Both partners are thus continuing to reduce the impact of their activities on the environment and improve their carbon footprint. In March, British independent, prestigious agency, The Carbon Trust Standard, renewed Eurotunnel’s certification for its policies and outcomes in terms of reducing its carbon footprint (reduced energy consumption dedicated to air conditioning, reducing night-train speeds, etc.). Don’t forget that Eurotunnel is the only cross-Channel operator to achieve the Carbon Footprint Label. Once again, Eurotunnel is showing its commitment to the environment with a fleet of “greener” vehicles.
Managing a fleet of over 3,000 vehicles, ISS is constantly working to reduce its environmental impact in two main ways: choosing more environmentally-responsible vehicles and continuing with our eco-driving training programme. At the start of June, ISS was recognised for a second year running as the world’s best outsourcing company by IAOP (International Association for Outsourcing Professionals).
Michel Boudoussier, Eurotunnel Chief Operating Officer stated:
“Eurotunnel is the green route across the Channel. I am proud that the whole Group is committed, right across our operating site, to reducing our carbon footprint as respect for the environment is one of Eurotunnel’s founding principal.”
Antoine Namand, ISS Country Manager, states:
“We’re extremely happy with this new project developed between Eurotunnel and ISS. We are pursuing the same goals in terms of continued improvement, ongoing quest for innovation and improving the environment as well as working conditions. For this operation, we will work together to reduce our emissions by around 90 tonnes of Co2 per year and increase drivers’ comfort onsite. This approach fits perfectly within the type of Partnership that we are hoping to develop between the two companies”.
Groupe Eurotunnel manages the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel and operates accompanied truck shuttle and passenger shuttle (car and coach) services between Folkestone, UK and Calais, France. Eurotunnel holds the concession until 2086 to operate the Channel Tunnel, the fastest, most reliable, easiest and most environmentally friendly way to cross the Channel. In 20 years, more than 330 million people have used the Channel Tunnel. This unique land crossing has become a vital link between the continent and the United Kingdom.
ISS France is a major player in the market of services to businesses and organisations. ISS France is a partner of the 4th largest private employer in the world (529,199 employees, 10 billion Euros in revenue from more than 50 countries). ISS is the leading foreign company in France with 27,000 employees, who are at the daily service of more than 60,000 clients.