SNP MP for Gordon Constituency Richard Thomson has welcomed Scottish Government funding for 18 new zero-emission electric vehicles for Aberdeenshire Council as local authorities transition from traditional internal combustion engines to cleaner zero-emission vehicles.
The vehicles have been 100% funded by the Scottish Government’s ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative through Energy Savings Trust and will replace older vehicles within the council’s fleet.
The Scottish Government intends to remove the need for petrol or diesel cars or the purchase of new light commercial vehicles in public fleets from 2025.
Commenting, Richard Thomson said:
“This very much builds on the initiative introduced when I was Co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council of having a ‘Carbon Budget’. We were the first council in the country to do so and it was of great assistance in focussing on where the council could make reductions in carbon emissions.
“Not only that, but it also led to a more innovative approach being taken in some areas of the council’s operations where carbon budgeting is now an accepted part of the day-to-day work. Being able to access Scottish Government funding to replace ageing vehicles is a great benefit, both to the council taxpayer and the environment.”