Council tackles climate crisis by lowering emissions of fleet vehicles by 90%

The Ayrshire Road Alliance, on behalf of East Ayrshire Council, has taken huge strides towards achieving the goals of its Climate Change Strategy for Transport by changing from diesel to hydro treated vegetable oil (HVO) for almost all fleet vehicles.

HVO is a viable alternative to diesel. It is sustainable as it is made from vegetable oils that are sourced from food waste products but the most significant benefit of HVO is that it can reduce CO2 emissions, compared to diesel, by up to 90%.

Councillor Graham Barton, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children and Young People, Net Zero, Environment, Climate Change and Equalities and Inclusion was joined at Crookedholm garage by Councillor Neal Ingram, Cabinet Spokesperson for Community Safety, Roads and Transportation and Community Cohesion and Kevin Braidwood, Head of Roads: Ayrshire Roads Alliance to find out more about this exciting initiative.

Councillor Graham Barton said: “I would like to thank Kevin Braidwood and the team from Transport Services for inviting Cllr Ingram and I to the garage to find out more about HVO and the roll out of this very extensive project. The Council’s Climate Change Strategy clearly set out goals that we want to achieve to reduce emissions from our vehicles and consequently the Council’s impact on air quality locally and climate change. This project shows that we are serious about tackling the climate crisis and that we are implementing positive change.”