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Lord Mayor set to go electric

Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 5:10pm

The Lord Mayor has already gone green, but this summer his 182-C-01 car will go electric.

From July 2018 the Lord Mayor will be driving a Mondeo hybrid, further improving his carbon footprint as Cork continues with its green agenda.

Since the beginning of this year, Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald has been driving a green car with a CO2 rating of only 112g/km, a significant improvement from five years ago, when the CO2 was at 139g/km. The latest announcement means that Ford will have reduced the emissions on the Lord Mayor’s car by over 35 per cent over the period.

New Carzone research recently revealed that 70 per cent of Irish drivers would consider purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle in the near future.

Cllr Fitzgerald said: “Transport is responsible for 20 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions and emissions from the sector are growing. We need to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road to meet our climate change commitments.

“The future is electric and seeing as the vast majority of my journeys are around the city, it makes sense to lead by example and go electric. There are electric charging points on street in Cork and at Paul Street and North Main Street multi-storey carparks and at Black Ash Park & Ride.”

The move is the latest by Cork City Council to help paint a greener future. From next week, disposable single-use cups will be no longer be available at Cork City Hall. It’s understood that Cork City Council is the first local authority in Ireland to take this initiative.

As part of this coffee cup ban, Cork City Council staff are being encouraged to use environmentally friendly reusable cups instead.

Cork City Council Chief Scientist Mary Walsh said: “In Ireland, two million disposable coffee cups a day are put into landfill. This is a scandalous figure, and here at Cork City Council we wanted to do our bit to reduce our environmental footprint by banning disposable cups at City Hall. Also, litter surveys have shown that coffee cups are a major source of litter on the outskirts of the city.

“Cork City Council was spending €700 a month on disposable cups at its canteen, and we have spent €3,500 buying 500 reusable cups for staff at City Hall. So we’ll see payback on that reusable cup investment in just five months. It’s a win-win for Cork City Council,” she finished.

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