ICBL has begun the process of replacing its current fleet of vehicles to electric vehicles. On February 1 this year, ICBL received its first electric vehicle, a new zero-emission Nissan e-NV 200. This vehicle, acquired for use by the Messenger, is part of an initiative which will see the Tier 3, Green Business Barbados certified green company change out its entire fleet to e-vehicles over a five (5) year period.
Facilities Manager Shawn Kissoondath is excited about what this action represents. “When ICBL pledged to use and promote green practices, we meant it. As a company, we are constantly thinking about how best we can serve our customers, and this also means that we must think about how best we can protect our environment. Making eco-friendly choices benefits us all,” said Kissoondath.
In the recent Budget presentation, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley revealed her government’s intention to drive the country’s use of renewable energy and reduce its use of fossil fuels. The overall goal of these actions is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
ICBL first received its green certification from the Future Centre Trust in 2013. Since this achievement, the company has implemented several eco-friendly initiatives. These include equipment and installations such as high-speed hand dryers and LED lighting. They also boast an extensive water conservation program and encourage staff to reduce the use of single use materials and practice recycling.
In addition, the company is making focused efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing paper usage, supporting green activities, and encouraging staff to participate in environmentally friendly practices such as recycling amongst other things.