Caerphilly Council Becoming Cleaner and Greener
Caerphilly County Borough Council is continuing to take great strides in delivering on its commitment to help tackle the climate crisis and lower carbon emissions.
Public electric vehicle charge points were recently installed in 11 Council owned car parks in the county borough, as part of a Gwent-wide project which saw sixty-two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units installed at thirty-four sites across Gwent.
The project was delivered in partnership between the five Gwent local authorities. A grant of £465,000 was provided for the project from the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), with match funding provided by each local authority.
The Council has also taken delivery of brand new electric vehicles as part of the authority’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.
In addition, plans are also underway to install the infrastructure needed in the county borough to support the roll out of electric taxis. This includes purchasing 44 wheelchair accessible 100% electric taxi vehicles to operate a ‘try before you buy’ scheme over the next 3 years. This scheme will cover the whole region; with Caerphilly Council taking delivery of 5 taxis.
Cllr. Sean Morgan, the Council’s Deputy Leader, said, “Back in 2019 we became the second of all Gwent local authorities to declare a climate emergency and commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
"It is fantastic to see the delivery of our first electric vehicles, this is a very significant step for us following the installation of the charging points, we are leading by example and are committed in continuing to make the Caerphillly borough a cleaner, greener place for everyone.”