Applegreen has announced that it will stop selling fossil fuel products from 2024 in the face of climate change.
The Irish business, which has been selling fossil fuels since 1992, and operates 620 forecourts across Ireland, the UK and America, has announced the major move, calling on other forecourt operators to follow suit in order to help Ireland cut its emissions.
Fiona Matthews, Applegreen Ireland Managing Director, said: “We want to be part of the solution, and stop being part of the problem. The continued use of fossil fuels is at odds with a liveable planet, and we hope other forecourt operators will follow our lead on this important issue.”
“While our brand has been the market leader for low fuel prices over 30 years, as we enter our fourth decade in business we know our customers demand us to be a responsible, ethical brand, and ending fossil fuels sales in 2024 is the foundation of our sustainability roadmap. We will continue to serve our customers with EV charging across Ireland, and will be expanding our offering of affordable and convenient EV charging.”
The initiative builds on Applegreen’s previous Put Carbon Into Neutral campaign, which was the brand’s first sustainability effort, as the business sought to become Net Zero by 2030. Today’s announcement takes that pledge one step further.
Applegreen currently offers 500 EV chargers across its locations, providing electric car drivers with up to 350kW power, supplied by 100% renewable energy. To date, Applegreen has provided over 500,000 fast charging sessions to its customers per year.
Applegreen recently announced an exclusive partnership with M&S Food, which will see new “shop-in-shop” offerings at five Applegreen locations across Ireland. The first Applegreen location to launch M&S Food was Mountgorry, Swords, Co Dublin, which will soon be joined by Booterstown, Co Dublin.