The One Trafford Partnership, a collaboration between Trafford Council and Amey, is introducing 16 new electric vehicles to its fleet, saving nearly 21 tonnes of carbon per year.
Between February and March, a fleet of 14 new electric Renault Zoes will be replacing 14 diesel Euro 6 vans used by the partnership to carry out daily, essential services throughout Trafford.
By April, an additional 2 Vauxhall Vivaro E vans will be replacing larger diesel Euro 6 vans.
This is in response to Trafford Council’s commitment to decarbonise the borough, improve health and wellbeing of residents and take action to combat climate change. Over the next seven years it’s estimated that the new fleet will provide a saving of 143.17 tonnes of carbon.
Trafford Council’s Executive Member Environmental and Regulatory Services, Cllr Stephen Adshead, said:
“The changes we make now to drive improvement to our climate are vital for ourselves now and generations to come. With a new fleet of zero emission vehicles, we can continue providing residents with essential services without the cost to our climate, both locally and globally.”
“Decarbonising fleet is just one step out of many that we are taking. Over the last four years, One Trafford have been working to improve environmental health in a bid to achieve a decarbonised Trafford. The DEFRA Bees Needs Awarded Wilding Trafford project was introduced in 2018 to help repopulate and increase biodiversity, whilst in 2019 the partnership took the decision to reduce use of herbicides in the borough.”
“As part of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, One Trafford have been working with City of Trees since 2020 to plant saplings in 12 spaces including Seymour Park, Hullard Park and Stretford Road. In 2020, the Paper Blues campaign was launched to address contaminated and reject paper and cardboard lorry loads caused by wrong items – the campaign supported a 73% increase in accepted paper and cardboard from areas where blue bins were contaminated.”
“Beating climate change can be done at home too. No matter how small a step you take to help; whether you turn down your heating, use your car less or reduce plastics or food waste, every little change will bring us closer to a net zero Trafford.”