Hertfordshire County Council has Missed an Opportunity to Cut Fossil Fuel Use and Cut CO2 Emissions
The change is only from diesel to "gas-to-liquid" (GTL) fuel, which the council says is cheaper than switching to electric vehicles. This will cut NOx emissions and PM2.5 particle emissions but there will only be a small reductionsof CO2 emissions, since GTL is derived from natural gas and still a fossil fuel.
"Following the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report which emphasised just how vital it is that we all take steps to address the climate emergency, it is disappointing that the Herts County Council is taking such a limited step to cutting the Fire Service emissions.
What is even more concerning is that the Council is presenting this as a step away from using fossil fuels in the Fire Service which it certainly is not."
Hertfordshire should be leading the way on this rather than taking such a tiny step forward."
The picture shows an Electric Fire Engine developed last year by e1 Group in Cumnock, Scotland with a government grant financing the design and construction of a working prototype.