Corby Council shortlisted for national green award

Repairs and maintenance manager Gus Paton, senior neighbourhood manager Craig Spence, Cllr Matt Keane and Cllr Coleen Cassidy in front of one of the council's green vehicles

Repairs and maintenance manager Gus Paton, senior neighbourhood manager Craig Spence, Cllr Matt Keane and Cllr Coleen Cassidy in front of one of the council's green vehicles

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Corby Council was shortlisted for a national award at the Greenfleet Awards 2015.

The authority was up for the Public Sector Fleet of the Year: Small and Medium category at the awards last night for the work and investment it has put in to reducing its carbon footprint by 45 per cent since 2008/9 and for continuing to increase the number of ultra-low emission vehicles in its fleet.

In the past 15 months Corby Council has added four Nissan Leafs and three Nissan env200s to its fleet, which has enabled the authority to reduce fleet mileage and save 11 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2014 alone.

These vehicles are fully electric, and do not have any tail pipes, and therefore do not release air pollutants into the atmosphere when they are being driven in and around Corby.

Corby has the highest number of electric vehicle charging infrastructure per capital.

Increasing the number of plug-in vehicles has meant the council’s fleet can make good use of the borough’s growing infrastructure of electric charging points and reduce the council’s carbon footprint, while being able to utilise the latest technology for driver safety.

The council is now in the process of increasing its electric fleet with a further three electric vans to replace the older diesel versions.

The council is also installing rooftop solar panels at the housing depot to help contribute towards green electricity fuelling the council’s fleet.

Corby Council lead member for environment Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “We have made great progress in reducing our carbon footprint since 2006 and are fully committed through our ‘Action on Climate Change’ to reducing our operational carbon footprint to 50 per cent and increasing the number of ultra-low emission vehicles in our fleet.

“Just being shortlisted for the national Greenfleet Awards shows we are moving in the right direction and can be seen to be leading the way in green technology locally, which we are very proud of.”

The award went to Oxford City Council.