July 21, 2024

Council maintenance teams are reducing their carbon footprint thanks to new fleet additions

Denbighshire County Council’s StreetScene operatives who carry out frontline maintenance duties, has taken delivery of two new electric vehicles (EVs) to support frontline services.

The Council declared a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency in July 2019 and committed to seeking to become a Net Carbon Zero and Ecologically Positive Council by 2030.

A section of this work is reducing the reliance on fossil fuel powered vehicles and replacing them where appropriate for the service with non-fossil fuel powered transport.

Already the Council has over 50 EVs in the fleet which include taxis, an electric mini bus used in the Ruthin area, a mobile observatory van, bin lorries, EV ATV used by countryside staff, EV vans used for goods transport by different services and EV cars supporting social services staff.

StreetScene has taken charge of two Citroën ë-Berlingo electric vans which will provide teams using them with a range up to 174 miles on a single charge.

They will be used during the summer to support additional resources needed for street cleaning work during the tourism season, as well as general ongoing maintenance duties.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said: “We are working very hard to reduce our fleet’s carbon footprint by replacing fossil fuel vehicles with greener alternatives were it is appropriate for the service.”