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Britain’s leading carmaker Jaguar Land Rover on Thursday marked two years of carbon neutral operations after switching its electricity production to the renewable energy markets.
The company said it had converted more than 44 million of its vehicles since 2016, increasing the demand for renewable energy by more than 700 per cent.
JLR installed 987 megawatts of renewable capacity over the last two years, with 325 megawatts of new solar systems due to start in 2020.
The company said it had been the largest commercial purchaser of solar power in the UK last year, representing 10 per cent of the total installed power capacity in the country.
Edmund King, director general of the AA, said: “It’s great news for the environment and consumers as a result. Tackling emissions is proving one of the industry’s major priorities as it strives to stay ahead of the game.”
JLR reported a 95 per cent leap in operating profit to £3.79bn in 2018, which it said was attributable to “lower engineering costs and lower sales and marketing costs in the final quarter of the year”.
The company is also hoping to set up a four-star Toyota kennel on the outskirts of its car plant at Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham, as it expands its commercial car business.
It is evaluating proposals from 14 different applicants for the project, which will be funded with £23m of its own money and needs permission from the government.