Kensington and Chelsea are in the fast lane to zero emission vehicles

19 September 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council have announced their ambition to convert their entire fleet of council vehicles to green vehicles, with the process starting next month.

The Council is set to work with our contractors to find ways to convert their refuse trucks to low emission vehicles, with the 20 tonnes of C02 that each diesel truck puts out reduced by half. This could save 430 tonnes of C02 a year – well over the weight of a Boeing 747.

Converting Council vehicles will save an estimated 0.7 tonnes of CO2 per petrol car, 0.35 tonne per diesel car and almost one tonne of C02 per diesel van every single year. This means that when our entire feet goes electric, we will save over 40 tonnes of C02 a year – roughly the weight of an adult sperm whale.

The green vehicle transition aims to be completed by the end of 2022, ahead of London’s wider plans to create a zero emission zone in inner London by 2040.

The green fleet strategy is an important step towards delivering the Council’s comprehensive Air Quality and Climate Change Action Plan. The plan includes new initiatives on solar power, promoting electric vehicles and the encouraging our staff, residents and visitors to make healthy choices about the way they travel. The plan’s aim is to encourage more people to walk and cycle around the borough, and support them in doing so.

Starting from October 2018, the Council will aim to procure green ‘zero tail pipe emissions’ vehicle or ‘ultra-low emissions’ vehicles, from the Mayor’s official car down to our street cleaning rigs.

Cllr David Lindsay, Lead Member for Heathy City Living, Kensington and Chelsea Council, said:
“Converting Council vehicles to cut emissions is an important part of the Council’s plan to improve air quality for our residents and tackle climate change. Ultimately we want our staff, residents, businesses and the huge number of people who visit our area to look at alternatives to using motor vehicles in their day to day lives.”

Cllr Will Pascall, Lead Member for Streets, Planning and Transport, Kensington and Chelsea Council said:
“Making this change is vital not just to cut down on the Council’s emissions but also to show what’s possible for every business and road user in the borough. We are working towards an effective low emission approach to transport for the whole borough.”

Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said:
“Improving the air quality of the borough and reducing carbon emissions is one of the Council’s top priorities. I look forward to working with partners across London on improving the city’s air quality. It’s doesn’t matter if you are driving a car, a van or an ambassador’s limousine, we want everyone in the borough to do their bit."