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EV charging initiative at Warwick University to save 15k tonnes of carbon

08 May 2024

The University of Warwick has teamed up with Zest to install 173 electric vehicle (EV) charging spaces across the campus.

By encouraging the switch to electric vehicles, the facilities are projected to save more than 15,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to 69 million miles driven in a petrol car.
Serving staff, students and visitors, work has already started to build what will be one of the UK’s largest university campus charging facilities. Transport and mobility, including commuting, remain the largest contributor to Warwick’s carbon emissions.
Zest, a certified B Corp, is investing £1.3m over the 15-year agreement to provide and operate the charging facilities. There are no costs to the university.
This is one example of how the university is working towards its ambitions of placing sustainability at the heart of its campus operations, research, and education.
This project is owned by Warwick’s Estates team working in collaboration with Warwick academics, who have deep transport-related expertise.
The university’s academics work with major industry and the Government to advise and develop green, clean modes of transport, and to trial the solutions on campus.
Islam Parvez, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Warwick said: “Our goal is to reduce carbon emissions generated through all forms of transport and mobility, by providing greater choice and more sustainable forms of travel and opportunities to charge vehicles on campus.
“By working in partnership with Zest, we have been able to match our strong commitment to sustainability with real action. With charging spaces in the hundreds, drivers on campus will be reassured that switching to EV is a sustainable, desirable and convenient option.”
The campus is also home to The National Automotive Innovation Centre, a partnership between the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Jaguar Land Rover, and Tata Motors European Technical Centre. 
“With its deep expertise in automotive research and development, we are not surprised that the University of Warwick is taking the lead with a large-scale deployment of EV infrastructure,” said Robin Heap, CEO at Zest.
By providing abundant charging facilities now, more drivers will be encouraged to switch, with all of the climate decarbonisation and air quality benefits that go with it. We’re excited to see their positive effects, both on driver behaviours and in stimulating new automotive research.”

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