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Islington cleans up its act with ‘green fleet’ plans as March spring clean is launched

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington's executive member for environment and transport, in Archway's Navigator Square with an all-electric car and a street cleaner and flatbed van powered by compressed natural gas.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington's executive member for environment and transport, in Archway's Navigator Square with an all-electric car and a street cleaner and flatbed van powered by compressed natural gas.

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Islington Council has revealed plans for a new “green fleet” of vehicles that will use the cleanest possible technology and fuels, as it launches a borough-wide spring clean campaign this month.

Fully electric and hybrid cars have been used by the council’s social care, housing, waste, highways and parking enforcement teams since 2006. Almost half of the car fleet is electric or hybrid already, but Islington is among the first in the country to begin purchasing larger vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG.

The majority of the CNG powering Islington’s vehicles will come from biomethane, which is produced entirely from waste food and therefore a 100% renewable fuel source.

The council will spend around £3million in total this year on greener vehicles, including trialling three refuse and recycling trucks, five heavy vans, an accessible community transport bus and a street sweeper, all powered by CNG.

A further 60 light vans and cars will also be replaced with full electric or hybrid models, as part of a planned renewal cycle.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We are committed to reducing air pollution and carbon emissions in our borough, and having a zero-emissions fleet of our own is the ultimate target, once technology allows.

“Larger vehicles can’t yet be run on electricity but we are investing in compressed natural gas technology to power our larger vans and trucks, and will keep searching out the greenest possible ways to do things.

“Polluting diesel vehicles will soon be a thing of the past in our own fleet – our next step is to introduce new vans for the street cleaning service and new accessible community transport buses, both powered by compressed natural gas.

“The future can only be green if we all strive towards that goal – and I’m proud to be pushing towards a zero-emission fleet in Islington.

“This is part of our wider environmental agenda and a great way to kick off our month-long Spring Clean programme, which will see more major announcements and cleaning blitzes in town centres.”

The March spring clean will see the council’s street cleaning services targeting town centres and grot spots around the borough – and are calling on schools, businesses and residents to roll up their sleeves and get involved in keeping their borough spick and span.

To find out more and get involved in one of the Community Clean-ups, please email tony.montgomery@islington.gov.uk.

 

 

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Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington's executive member for environment and transport, in Archway's Navigator Square with an all-electric car and a street cleaner and flatbed van powered by compressed natural gas.

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Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington's executive member for environment and transport, in Archway's Navigator Square with an all-electric car and a street cleaner and flatbed van powered by compressed natural gas.

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