Implementing sustainable transportation in Portugal

 

 

To support Biogen’s commitment to establishing a science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target, Biogen Portugal has been working to implement a sustainable transportation strategy for our workers in the field. In 2018 Biogen Portugal had a vision of having a fleet of completely electric vehicles (EV) and in 2019 the team began implementation. This initiative serves as a pilot to help us understand how to expand our transition to a fossil fuel free fleet.


With the goals of decreasing carbon emissions, contributing to positive environmental change and providing sustainable, cost-saving, best-in-class employee benefits, the Portuguese team conducted a thorough analysis of the current EV market, identifying cars that would aid in achieving these objectives.


"While we still have progress to make in transitioning our fleet to be 100% fossil fuel free, we are incredibly proud of the progress we've made so far to transition our fleet to plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. This initiative is a crucial step in implementing a sustainable transportation strategy, in line with the company values,” said Anabela Fernandes, Country Director, Biogen Portugal.

 

 

While we still have progress to make in transitioning our fleet to be 100% fossil fuel free, we are incredibly proud of the progress we've made so far to transition our fleet to plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. This initiative is a crucial step in implementing a sustainable transportation strategy, in line with the company values.

— Anabela Fernandes

 

 

By the end of 2019, the Portuguese Biogen fleet transitioned 80 percent of its fleet to plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, reducing its fleet emissions by 50 metric tons of CO2e. While plug-in hybrid electric vehicles provide significant emission reductions compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines, emitting 1.3 tons of CO2 annually compared to 3.2-3.8 tons CO2/annually, the ultimate goal is a fleet of electric vehicles which, when powered with renewable energy, produce zero CO2e emissions. As the team looks ahead to 2020, we will continue to look for ways to achieve the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.