Elec­tric ve­hi­cle fleet prove a green win­ner at awards night

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

SWANSEA Coun­cil’s green cre­den­tials have been recog­nised at a UK awards cer­e­mony af­ter be­ing named the best ‘green fleet’ in the UK for pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The coun­cil re­cently launched a 40-strong fleet of elec­tric ve­hi­cles as part of a drive to cut CO2 lev­els and re­duce fuel costs for the coun­cil.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the fleet of fully elec­tric vans means the coun­cil can re­duce CO2 emis­sions by ap­prox­i­mately 100 tonnes each year.

In recog­ni­tion of the ef­forts by the coun­cil, it has been named ‘Pub­lic Sec­tor Fleet of the Year’ at the an­nual Green Fleet Awards. The coun­cil beat a num­ber of other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in­clud­ing Leeds Coun­cil and Falkirk Coun­cil, along with York­shire Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

An­drea Lewis, cabi­net mem­ber for homes and en­ergy, pic­tured, said: “I was pleased to in­tro­duce low and zero car­bon emis­sion ve­hi­cles into the coun­cil’s cor­po­rate fleet.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that the work we have done as a coun­cil has been ac­knowl­edged by win­ning the Pub­lic Sec­tor Green Fleet Award.

“We cur­rently have the largest lo­cal au­thor­ity elec­tric fleet in Wales and we will ex­pand this fur­ther, mak­ing a huge con­tri­bu­tion to cleaner air across Swansea.”

Mark Thomas, cabi­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture man­age­ment, said: “Get­ting the recog­ni­tion of the Coun­cil’s green fleet on a UK level is a great achieve­ment and high­lights our in­ten­tions to the rest of the coun­try about our concern for the en­vi­ron­ment and the mea­sures we are tak­ing to im­prove things.” The award comes ahead of the coun­cil’s plans to adopt a Green Fleet Pol­icy which is set to b e pre­sented to cabi­net later in De­cem­ber. The pol­icy will look to build on the suc­cess of the new elec­tric fleet and seek to con­tinue the changeover from petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles to elec­tric where pos­si­ble.

The coun­cil’s fleet of around 750 ve­hi­cles cover a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately eight mil­lion miles each year. The ob­jec­tives within the new pol­icy will look at new tech­nolo­gies linked to ve­hi­cles and re­duc­ing its use of fos­sil fu­els.

Mrs Lewis added: “Our plans to in­tro­duce a Green Fleet Pol­icy will take this work on fur­ther and ensure we are do­ing all we can to meet a va­ri­ety of tar­gets in­clud­ing low­er­ing emis­sion lev­els, in­creas­ing use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles and manag­ing our fleet more ef­fi­ciently.”

“I’m per­son­ally de­lighted we are look­ing at the in­tro­duc­tion of this new pol­icy as it is some­thing I have been keen to see adopted for a num­ber of years.”

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