New electric vehicles driving down Council’s carbon footprint

Published: Wed 10th July, 2024

  • Cllr Beverley Gray, the Council's lead member for climate action and net zero alongside two street wardens

Four new electric vehicles have been acquired as part of Charnwood Borough Council’s strategy to reduce its carbon emissions.

The new electric vehicles include two in the street management department, which have been upgraded to newer electric technology.

Two new electric vehicles have also been purchased for officers in the pest control team to use when travelling to residents around the borough. The upgraded vehicles will now mean that officers in the pest control team will be able to get around double the amount of miles out of one charge.

Cllr Beverley Gray, the Council’s lead member for climate action and net zero, said: “As part of the Council’s key services, officers must travel around the borough and it is vital that we are doing that sustainably.

“The purchases of these new vehicles will continue to reduce our emissions and is another example of the Council’s commitment to driving down Charnwood’s carbon footprint”

The Council declared a climate emergency in November 2023 and committed to working with partners and communities to reduce carbon emissions and help limit global warming.

The Council has already taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment. Since 2018, the Council has reduced net carbon emissions related to its operations by over 30 tonnes.

It has also planted 14,000 trees at Hathern, is using more renewable electricity and has introduced further electric vehicle charging points in car parks across the borough.

You can find out more about the Council’s plan to become net zero by 2030 on this webpage.