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New electric vehicles for Hampshire County Council to slash fuel costs and save £200,000 a year

Cllr Mel Kendall and one of the new electric vehicles at Bar End, Winchester

Published on the Hampshire Chronicle website on the 5th January 2018

Story by Andrew Napier


HAMPSHIRE County Council has rolled out its first electric vehicles for staff use to help cut fuel and energy costs.

A new electric delivery van and pool car based at Bar End, Winchester, will cost 97 per cent less to ‘fuel’ than equivalent diesel vehicles.

The council is also reviewing which other vehicles in its 156 small vehicle fleet could be replaced with electrics – which could save £210,000 every year.

The council has already saved nearly £30 million in energy costs over the past seven years after cutting its carbon emissions by 38 per cent since 2010.

It has now set a more ambitious target to cut carbon from 40 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025.

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UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017

Published on the BBC News website on the 28th December 2017

Wind farms helped the UK experience its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution (PA)

The UK has achieved its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation’s electricity is generated, National Grid figures reveal.

The rise of renewable energy helped break 13 clean energy records in 2017.

In June, for the first time, wind, nuclear and solar power generated more UK power than gas and coal combined.

Britain has halved carbon emissions in the electricity sector since 2012 to provide the fourth cleanest power system in Europe and seventh worldwide.

In April, the UK had its first 24-hour period without using any coal power since the Industrial Revolution.

The government is committed to phasing out unabated coal by 2025 as part of efforts to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with legal obligations.

Separate findings from power research group MyGridGB show that renewable energy sources provided more power than coal for 90% of 2017, figures up to 12 December show.

British wind farms produced more electricity than coal plants on more than 75% of days this year.

This changing landscape saw the cost of offshore wind power fall below the price of nuclear for the first time.

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Campaigners call for people to do more to improve recycling rates

Published in the Portsmouth News on 11th December 2017

Story by David George


PEOPLE are being urged to recycle more and put less waste in their bins.

It comes after new statistics have revealed that regionally, people are not cutting down on waste or increasing recycling rates.

The figures, released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, show that there has been no major change in the amount of waste people are throwing away across Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant in the past year.

Ray Cobbett from Havant Friends of the Earth says that this has been a long-term trend now.

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