Emergency declared, action pending
In May this year, the Welsh Government was the first UK parliament to declare a ‘climate emergency’. It seems that now the Welsh government has an in-house challenge: Out of 77 official cars, 95% are diesel and only one is eletric.
Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, Llyr Gruffydd AM said that “the Welsh Government should act immediately to limit the environmental impact of its official fleet by drastically reducing the number of diesel vehicles it uses, investing instead in electric cars.”
In addition to the high number of polluting vehicles in government fleets, figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request showed that trips made by official cars to deliver documents increased by nearly 50% in the last financial year.
Here Wales might take a peek at another British city: In the English capital, diesel vans are being replaced by electric cargo bikes, which use vastly less energy and can cut through traffic to get there faster.