County Durham is excited to be launching Green Great Britain Week! The week will kick off in Durham City with an electric vehicle roadshow, where we will be promoting the financial, social and environmental benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles and hearing how local authorities can help facilitate the governments ‘Zero Carbon’ agenda for transport.
It’s not only about transport though and Durham County Council has been putting low carbon economic growth at the heart of our agenda, working with our schools, homes, public buildings and businesses to help cut their energy costs, while developing renewable energy schemes from solar, mine water and hydro power. As a result, we have already reduced carbon emissions in the County by over 40% since 2009, well ahead of our target date.
We now plan to focus in on zero emission vehicles and get behind the Government commitment to take a world-leading stance and ensure that Britain’s vehicle infrastructure goes for zero net emissions by 2040. We recognise that this will involve many challenges if we are to make ultra-low emission vehicles charging easily available to everyone, but we are excited to put Durham at the forefront of the ULEV revolution.