Council net zero fleet strategy
- Adur and Worthing Councils have set a target of net zero by 2030. The vehicle fleet is responsible for the majority of Council GHG emissions
- The fleet covers vehicles used for waste and recycling collection, street cleansing and grounds maintenance services. Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCV) produce 70% of the fleet emissions and are due for replacement before 2030.
- Ricardo assessed the fleet operations and requirements, the suitability of electric and hydrogen vehicles for Council operations
- Scenarios for achievable fleet transition to zero-emissions were developed
- GHG savings, vehicle and operational costs, and infrastructure requirements were evaluated for each scenario including for battery electric vs hydrogen RCVs
- Potential synergies of a local hydrogen hub were explored
- By working closely with the Council team, Ricardo tailored a report to meet their needs which sets out a clear and viable path to achieve a zero-emission Council fleet and support the net-zero target
- The report sets out the investment needs and provides the information needed to start planning for infrastructure provision.
- This report was presented to Council officers and members and will inform their next steps.