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Electric vehicles join Telford & Wrekin fleet

The new electric vehicles will be replacing diesel vans which currently operate in the Neighbourhood Enforcement and Highways Teams.

The move is a further step in the Council’s plan to go carbon neutral by 2030.

In June, the inaugural meeting of the Borough Climate Change Partnership was held with members from across Telford and Wrekin.

The Council has continued to work to reduce its carbon emissions over the past 12 months, including:

  • In September 2019, the Council switched to a green electricity tariff, saving 1,252 C02 emissions annually, which was extended to schools in April 2020.
  • The Sustainable Buildings Initiative is helping to deliver CO2 reductions across Council facilities. LED lighting schemes across corporate buildings (Darby House, Wellington Civic Centre, Telford Ice Rink and Telford Tennis Centre), as well as solar PV at Telford Ice Rink have delivered energy savings of 439,072kWh – this is also helping to save the Council nearly £60K annually. 
  • In September 2019, the Council successfully rolled out a new weekly food waste collection service, saving more than 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions 

The Council has a successful track record of reducing its carbon footprint with emissions reduced by 44% since 2005 and progress accelerating since 2011.  

Cllr Carolyn Healy, cabinet member for Climate Change, said: “Climate change affects everyone and we must continue to take action to change this.

“We’re really pleased to be able to announce the purchase of these new electric vehicles to replace diesel vehicles in our fleet, this is another great step towards further reducing our carbon emissions.

“Despite the obvious disruptions that coronavirus has brought, we have continued to work to find ways to implement our Action Plan so that we can still meet our 2030 target.”

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