Brent Council has partnered with French water, waste and energy management company Veolia to provide nine electric collection and street cleansing vehicles.
Each vehicle is estimated to save more than 50 tonnes of carbon compared with their diesel predecessors.
The vehicles will also help reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, which both contribute to poor air quality in addition to reducing noise pollution.
Senior contract manager for Veolia Brent, Gisela Endres, said: “It is crucial for us to explore different ways of reducing the impact of our operations on the local environment.
“Upgrading our fleet with electric vehicles plays a vital role in helping us determine the most efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering sustainable services to Brent residents on behalf of their council.”
Brent Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has since worked to introduce greener policies including installing lamppost and ‘flat and flush‘ EV chargepoints throughout the borough. With these and future green policies, Brent aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and climate action at Brent Council, Krupa Sheth, said: “It was really exciting to see our contractor’s new electric fleet of vehicles that will be used to keep Brent clean and green.
“Electric vehicles are a key component of our ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, that is why we are installing high amounts of electric vehicle charging points across the borough and transitioning to electric fleets of vehicles where possible.”
Achievements and innovations in vehicles that contribute to cleaner air will be celebrated at the third annual CiTTi Awards, which will be held on 26 November 2024 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Nominations officially open in March 2024. Please visit www.cittiawards.co.uk to learn more about this unmissable event for the UK’s transportation sector.