As part of the Government’s strategy to improve air quality across the UK, discouraging the use of older, more polluting, vehicles is key. The goal is to reduce the number of areas in the UK where air pollution breaches legal limits, and city by city, we are helping local, regional and transport authorities kick-start their ‘Clean Air Strategies’.
GREENFLEET are delighted to be returning to Wales, after the successful launch event last year, and the exciting news is WHERE in Wales you can join us… June 27th sees GREENFLEET arrive in Swansea! We were keen for the rest of Wales to see all the good work that has already gone on in the city, as well as encourage more of the same from those organisations running fleets in and around the city itself.
This forward-thinking city has already begun the shift to ULEVs, and we were keen to show the city off as a ‘Beacon of Excellence’, in the shift to a low-carbon city. Mark Barrow, the Fleet Manager for Swansea Council, had a vision for a cleaner, greener council fleet, and was backed from the very top, to invest in Electric Vehicles (EVs). The result was the acquisition of 40 Peugeot Partner Electric vans, meaning the Council can now boast that they have the largest electric van fleet in Wales! And recognition doesn’t stop there… In November 2018, they were recognised at the UK’s leading green transport event for the fleet industry… The GREENFLEET Awards. Mark and his team scooped the Public Sector Fleet of the Year accolade, and as a result, are now the Official Hosts of GREENFLEET Cymru in 2019, further cementing their commitment to ultra-low emission vehicle technology.
And the good work by Swansea Council is a continuation of the good work that began in the city before. 2017 saw Swansea University win the same accolade at our Awards, after Nigel Morris picked up the Award, in recognition of Swansea University’s growing “zero emissions” fleet of electric vehicles which is improving air quality, saving money, and reducing carbon emissions, which have already been cut by 14 tonnes.
The result is that both organisations have kindly agreed to be ‘Official Hosts’ of the event, and we are delighted to confirm the support of the Welsh Government too, and here’s what they have said: “Switching to electric vehicles would bring significant benefits for Wales. They are likely to play a huge part in the decarbonisation of our transport network. They will contribute to action on climate change, improve air quality and potentially transport poverty too, through cost effective car clubs. Electric vehicle use is on the rise”.
… “The Welsh Government is considering the infrastructure needed in Wales to encourage the use of electric vehicles, and some of the actions we could be taking now to make the most of the opportunities that a shift to electric transport could bring”.
And GREENFLEET Cymru is designed to help THEM and YOU do just that!
Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) have a significant role to play in Wales cleaning up its air. Swansea Council, the University and their neighbouring authorities have a strategy, and this event will feature keynote presentations and group sessions that will enable YOU to find out more, and more importantly, the role that YOUR BUSINESS has to play.