Breezeline has started to use electric vehicles (EVs), part of its commitment to reduce its operational emissions by 65% by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Breezeline is the rebranded Atlantic Broadband. The rebranding followed the acquisition of cable systems in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio in September 2021, expanding the company’s reach to more than 1.6 million businesses and households across a wider region of the country than the Atlantic name implies.
Company sales teams were the first to use EVs for company business earlier this year, driving them in New Hampshire and West Virginia. Later this year, Breezeline plans to start using electric trucks and vans for technicians.
Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to greenhouse gasses, so eliminating them is a major step in the carrier’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Environmental Protection Agency reports show that transportation accounts for the largest portion (27%) of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Other Breezeline initiatives designed to reduce the company’s carbon footprint include:
- Using Power Purchase Agreements to generate renewable energy and reduce electricity emissions. The plan is to obtain 100% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030.
- Reduction of non-operational emissions by 30% by cutting the environmental impact of equipment used in customer homes via the use of more energy efficient equipment.
“The greening of our fleet is a key initiative in our long-term plan to reduce emissions and to protect the environment,” said Frank van der Post, Breezeline president, in a prepared statement about the Breezeline electric vehicles. “Our parent company, Cogeco, has led the way through its ongoing commitment to sustainable operations. We are committed to doing the same in our U.S. operations by adopting these emissions reduction targets and seeking improvements that will lead to a sustainable future.”