Sustainability 

We’re playing a leading role in addressing climate change by creating innovative partnerships and actively evolving our business to direct the flow of finance to sectors which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions including mobility, infrastructure, energy and agriculture.


Fleet Decarbonisation

Our Vehicle Solutions division are recognised electrification leaders, helping some of the UK’s largest fleets realise significant environmental and economic benefits through transitioning to lower and ultimately zero emissions.

As part of our market-leading end-to-end decarbonisation strategy, we’re committed to electrifying 100 per cent of our car and small van fleet, as well as 50 per cent of our funded van fleet by 2030.

We’re working with fleets of all complexities, creating innovative solutions which support our customers through rapid change. During 2020/21 we funded £137m for Electric Vehicles and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.

Charging an EV provided by Novuna
GRIDSERVE EV forecourt part funded by Novuna

GRIDSERVE partnership

Our strategic partnership with GRIDSERVE is transforming the experience of using electric vehicles by creating the infrastructure required for electric vehicle adoption on a large scale, using sustainable energy.

Together, we are developing technically advanced hybrid solar farms, in conjunction with a network of over 100 solar-powered Electric Forecourts® across the UK to provide ultra-fast charging for electric vehicles.

During 2020/21, we financed £47.6m in GRIDSERVE to provide charging infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy, including construction of the UK’s first Electric Forecourt® near Braintree, Essex.

The 'Electric Highway'

Following the successful launch of the Braintree Electric Forecourt®, our funding is supporting GRIDSERVE’s project to upgrade the ‘Electric Highway’ network of Ecotricity charge points and provide faster charging facilities across the UK motorways and major roads network.

Our partnership with GRIDSERVE has also seen the launch of the UK’s first net zero electric vehicle leasing business, which is designed to bring the cost of driving electric vehicles powered by net zero carbon energy well below that of petrol or diesel cars, and simultaneously minimise the impact of EVs.

Charging EV via the Electric Highway
Novuna work alongside Optimise Prime partners including Centrica

Optimise Prime

Led by Hitachi Vantara and UK Power Networks, Optimise Prime is the world’s biggest electric vehicle project.

Our Vehicle Solutions division is working alongside Hitachi Europe, Scottish & Southern Electricity, Centrica, Royal Mail and Uber to conduct a trial of 3,000 commercial electric vehicles (EVs) and accelerate the transition to low carbon transport.

During 2021/22, our Trowbridge office will become a centre of Alternative Fuel Vehicle excellence as part of the Optimise Prime project.

Sustainable Agriculture

During 2020/21, our Business Finance division supported the agricultural sector by writing £24m of Farm loans with over £12m of the loans being used to invest in green energy projects, ranging from Biomass, Solar and Wind installations to anaerobic digesters, gasification and irrigation systems.

A number of these projects work alongside government grants for environmental schemes. Funding in this sector is vital to future-proof agricultural businesses whilst contributing to environmental goals.

Novuna funding sustainable agriculture at farm