Gwynedd Council introduces electric vehicles to its fleet

Date: 22/11/2019

As part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Gwynedd Council has launched its intention to introduce electric vehicles to its fleet over the coming years.


During a launch, the Council underlined its commitment to adding more green vehicles and to reduce the use of petrol and diesel vehicles from its fleet in the years ahead.


Over the past decade, the Council has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 40%, and this latest commitment to introducing electric vehicles to the authority’s fleet is the latest in Gwynedd’s efforts to improve on this figure.


“As a Council, we have committed towards becoming a carbon-neutral authority,” said Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said:


“Earlier this year, Gwynedd was one of the first Councils in Wales to declare a climate change emergency. Our efforts to introduce electric vehicles to our fleet of vehicles will form an important aspect of the work to reduce the authority’s carbon emissions further.”


Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal matters said:


“Technology is developing very quickly and we are seeing exciting opportunities to make better use of green technology on our roads. Our goal over the years ahead will be to make more use of carbon-free vehicles as opportunities arise as we update our small and heavy vehicles within the Council’s fleet.


“Whenever possible, we will be aiming to phase-out petrol and diesel vehicles and make Gwynedd Council’s vans, cars and lorries carbon neutral in the years ahead.”


As Gwynedd Council looks to introduce green vehicles to its fleet, the authority is hoping that the county’s children will be able to help to highlight its use of electric vehicles.


As more green vehicles are added to the authority’s fleet, the Council aims to include an eye-catching image on its electric vehicles. More information about the green vehicle competition will be shared with schools over the coming weeks.


PHOTOGRAPH: Gwynedd Council introduces electric vehicles to its fleet: Paul Ayling (Gwynedd Council Energy Conservation Officer), Dafydd Wyn Williams (Head of Environment Department), Councillor Catrin Wager (Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member), Councillor Angela Russell (Council Countryside and Environment Champion), Kev Sheret (Council Fleet Manager), Councillor Gareth Griffith (Cabinet Member for Environment) and Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn (Leader of Gwynedd Council)