Dover District Council Reduces Carbon Emissions
Dover has recorded a 7.5 per cent decrease in carbon emissions under a new environmental services contract with Veolia.
The global environmental services contractor’s commitment to supporting Dover District Council to achieve its objective of Carbon Net Zero by 2030 has made a positive start, with the carbon footprint of electricity, gas and fuel consumed by the local authority’s recycling, waste and street cleansing operations dropping by 7.5% between 2020 and 2022. Specifically, consumption pf electricity was reduced by 10.5%, with consumption of gas reduced by 10.2%, and of fuel by 7.5 per cent.
Veolia has been providing waste and recycling collections, food waste, and street cleaning in the Folkestone & Hythe and Dover areas since 2011, and was awarded an eight-year contract in January 2021. Since the start of the new contract, the company has implemented a number of carbon reduction initiatives. This has included launching a new green fleet of vehicles and electric sweepers, and redesigned collection routes to minimise travel times. Other measures include smart LED lighting, vehicles with new electric bin lifts and an anti-idling campaign.
It says it will continue to drive ecological transformation through its operations in Dover by minimising fuel use and finding new and innovative approaches to reducing emissions such as behaviour change initiatives and energy efficiencies.
David Fitzgerald, General Manager – Municipal South East at Veolia, comments: “These positive results demonstrate Veolia’s commitment to supporting our partner Dover District Council in achieving net zero carbon emissions. The carbon footprint reduction will have a positive impact on the environment as well as local communities and we will continue to invest in methods and technologies that create a better and more sustainable future for all.”
We are fully committed to our net zero carbon emissions target and it’s great news that Veolia is supporting us in this way.
Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment, adds: “We are very pleased that Veolia’s decarbonisation measures, which this council stipulated as part of the contract, seem to be paying off. We are fully committed to our net zero carbon emissions target and it’s great news that Veolia is supporting us in this way.”