College vehicle fleet in running for green awards

City of Glasgow College has reached the finals of this year’s GreenFleet Awards which recognise clean fleet innovation.

It has been shortlisted in the Public Sector Fleet of the Year (Small to Medium).

The college began using electric vehicles as part of an ongoing commitment to lowering its carbon footprint. Moving to an all-electric fleet, which the college did in March this year, will see a reduction of 4.01 tCO2e in vehicle emissions by per year.

Fergal McCauley, Head of Facilities Management at City of Glasgow College, leads on environmental sustainability. He said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for the GreenFleet Awards. The introduction of our electric vehicles attracted a great deal of positive attention from staff and students. There is an annual cost saving of some £4,500 per annum across our whole fleet, with vehicle use between our campus buildings greatly reduced as staff are encouraged to hold meetings online, and walk or cycle between sites.”

In 2018 the college received an ultra-low emission vehicle grant from Transport Scotland for the lease of three Nissan leaf full electric cars. A similar grant was awarded the following year for an electric delivery van which replaced two large 3.5t vans. Both grants cover over a three year lease period.

“Our aim is to ensure that by the end of the lease we can operate with just two electric cars and a van that can be hired as and when required,” added Fergal.

Reaching the finals of the Green Fleet Awards is the latest recognition of the college’s green credentials. It is a finalist in this year’s Green Gown Awards which recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives.

“The last four years have seen the college undertake a variety of initiatives to ensure sustainability is embedded into all that we do. Most recently we invested in equipment that will allow us to compost an estimated 26 tonnes of food waste per year on site,” explained Fergal.

Now in their sixteenth year, the GreenFleet Awards will move online with winners being announced at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 2 December.