Council to take big steps toward greening its fleet with £6.25m investment.

Cllr Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, with an electric waste collection vehicle

When Cabinet meets on 14 December, it is set to approve the investment of £6.25m to bring in new high-tech fleet vehicles and take a significant step towards the greening of the council’s vehicles.

What does this mean for our existing fleet?

The proposed investment will replace some models of ageing vehicles with electric vehicles alongside newer, greener engine models.

This will include a number of electric vehicles for Waste and Recycling services including an electric refuse collection vehicle, following a successful trial.

This is an extension to the previous three-year Capital Investment Vehicle Replacement Programme which was agreed by Cabinet on 11 December 2018.

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

Kirklees Council has already outperformed its previous carbon reduction targets, achieving more than a 53% reduction over the last decade – but there is much more to do to meet our bold ambitions of being a carbon neutral district by 2038.

This new investment will support the Council’s climate emergency commitments and air quality improvement work across the district. As well as reducing our tailpipe emissions, it will make sure that we have a fit for purpose fleet with reduced running costs and reduced downtime and improved service delivery. 

Our ultimate aim is to transition to an entirely electric fleet and we are taking significant strides with 69 per cent of the council’s operated cars now electric or partially electrically powered.

Our plans for an electric refuse collection vehicle, van tipper and compact sweeper take us even further in the right direction.

This is a major step forward for the council in our aim to create a carbon neutral Kirklees by 2038, and I look forward to the Cabinet giving it its full approval.

As part of our transition to a greener vehicle fleet, £1million of the £2million Climate Emergency funding has been invested in a further 35 electric Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs).

This brings the percentage of electric vehicles in the fleet up to 7.5 per cent. Approval of the proposal at Cabinet will complement and strengthen the transitions that have already taken place.

If the proposals are approved by Cabinet, Transport Services will continue to manage the Vehicle Replacement Programme on a phased basis and deliver the vehicles as necessary to meet service needs.