Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Motoring to Cut Environmental Impact

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Motoring to Cut Environmental Impact

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Byline: HERBERT SODEN Local democracy reporter herbert.soden@ncjmedia.co.uk

AUTHORITY bosses have lifted the lid on the steps it is taking to combat climate change. This comes after North Tyneside Council voted to join Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and Sunderland in declaring a climate emergency in July.

This means the council is pressing on with its commitment to half its carbon footprint by 2027 and aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Council bosses say the authority has been taking steps over a number of years to reduce its impact on the environment.

Coun Steve Cox, cabinet member for housing, said: "We have been doing this for the last few years."

It has just taken delivery of 10 electric vans, which will not only reduce emissions but cut costs too as the vehicles have fewer moving parts that need to be serviced.

Coun Cox said the Nissan NV 200 vans were big enough for the work they're needed to do.

He continued: "This was the biggest van available at the time when we put the order in.

"With commercial vehicles there isn't much choice in electric, but these are big enough for the work we are carrying out."

The manufacturer say the vans can cover between 124 and 187 miles on a single charge depending on driving conditions, but workers at the authority expect it to do 110 miles.

The expensive does Daniel McEwan, project support manager, added: "savings "You could drive around the borough three times."

council " Paul Nelson, who is responsible for Environmental Sustainability and Street Lighting, said the council is also planning more improvements for the future.

"We're planning for the future now we have declared a climate change emergency," he said.

A multimillion-pound project to environmental revamp the Harvey Combe building at the Killingworth depot is also being carried out.

Ian Lilley, who is in charge of the scheme, outlined a number of green features such as flexible solar panels, the energy from which will be stored in recycled car batteries. …

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