The UK’s first fully-electric ‘Carbon Battle Bus’ made a stop at Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead, as part a Zero Carbon Tour of the UK on route to COP26 in Glasgow in November.

The Zero Carbon Tour has been organised by sustainability certification body, Planet Mark to raise awareness of the vast array of actions the business community is already taking to address the climate crisis, and to take the net zero carbon message to communities across the UK in support of the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign. The ‘Carbon Battle Bus’ started its journey from the Houses of Parliament in London, before travelling to the Eden Project in Cornwall, to coincide with last week’s G7 summit. The Tour is sponsored by a range of businesses, including logistics property company, Prologis, and the Institute of Directors.

Speaking about the importance of helping businesses accelerate their sustainability plans, Sir Mike Penning said: “Local businesses, big and small, are fully aware of the direction we are heading in and see the business sense in reaching zero emissions well before 2050; however, some businesses lack the funds or networks to help them access advice and support, which is why I have invited the Planet Mark team back to Hemel Hempstead in the Autumn to deliver a series of free net zero carbon workshops.

“I am particularly proud of the carbon reduction initiatives I have already witnessed across Dacorum, including extensive tree-planting and some great examples of sustainable design and development. I hope as many local businesses as possible will take advantage of these workshops.”

Prologis has been developing net zero carbon buildings in the UK for over 10 years. This includes buildings in Hemel Hempstead, where we’ve has just reached a £250m investment milestone, bringing jobs and growth into the local area. We also work alongside Planet Mark to assess and measure the sustainability impact of every new building.