Cleaning up health sector vehicles through the Ultra Low Emission Fleets Project

In November 2016, the City Council submitted a joint bid to DEFRA’s £3m Air Quality Grant Scheme. Our Ultra Low Emission Fleets Project bid outlines the actions we will put in place to remove barriers to ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) uptake within the local health service and other businesses thereby improving air quality.

The bid was led on behalf of the Nottingham Health and Wellbeing Board, the District of Ashfield, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe Borough Councils’ and Nottinghamshire County Council. Decisions will be announced in January 2017. If successful the project will commence in March 2017 and run until March 2018.

The project is made up of 3 work packages:

WP1. Business Transport needs review: Offering tried and tested services for healthcare organisations and other partners e.g. Nottingham City Homes and University of Nottingham, who form part of the Nottingham Health and Wellbeing Board, located in air pollution hotpots and the Nottingham CAZ to understand their transport behaviours through:

  • Staff travel surveys to assess commuter and business travel behaviour to encourage mode shift;
  • Employer fleet reviews to help businesses identify opportunities for transitioning their fleets to ULEVs to deliver financial and environmental savings.

WP2. Bespoke action plans with each organisation: The bespoke action plan will be implemented in collaboration with each organisation. The ULEF project will offer a menu of services. These services have been designed to address local needs as highlighted in recent business events as part of our GULN programme: 4

  • ULEV experience events to raise the profile and availability of different ULEVs, test drive opportunities and advice from vehicle experts to raise awareness and understanding amongst drivers and fleet users;
  • Myth busting information and masterclasses for decision makers and influencers providing an introduction to ULEV technologies, how the vehicles work and perform through seminars, presentations and meetings alongside jargon-free print/digital information for wider dissemination;
  • ULEV procurement guidance for businesses to influence contract renewal cycles to include favourable ULEV standards in replacement and new vehicle purchase decisions, and in third party contracts to influence the supply chain and deliver sustainable contract procurement standards.

WP3. Monitoring and Dissemination: The final work package within the ULEF project is the monitoring and evaluation activity to support wide scale dissemination and learning to others. The project will seek to:

  • Produce an independent evaluation of each business from WP1 through to the end detailing what interventions were introduced, what worked and any lessons learned by drawing on fleet composition data and emissions supported by real-world analysis of trial vehicle data (financial and emissions savings);
  • Production of a final Project Report utilising information from each business as a series of case studies to provide examples for wider communications and dissemination to other healthcare organisations and public sector authorities;
  • Dissemination activities to include a workshop with the Health and Wellbeing Board members, meetings/information sharing with peer Go Ultra Low Cities, CAZ Cities, other public sector organisations and private businesses. Opportunities exist for wider dissemination at events, conferences and seminars that reach local authority and other healthcare audiences g. at Europe’s largest Low Carbon Vehicle event in September 2018 and selected conferences and seminars.

The Full Bid can be accessed here

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