Decision details

Alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions across the environmental services fleet

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the recommendations



1.    The introduction of hydro treated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel be approved, procured from sustainable sources that is certified palm oil free, for use in the Cheltenham Borough Council fleet operated by Ubico, where appropriate to replace diesel as set out in the report, as soon as possible to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality;

2.    The purchase and installation of a new fuel tank installed at the Swindon Road depot to facilitate the change to HVO be approved, at an estimated cost of £55,000, to be funded from the climate change capital budget;

3.    The increase in revenue costs associated with the move to HVO from diesel be recommended to be approved by Council as part of the budget setting process;

4.    The continued procurement of internal combustion engine vehicles and plant where no suitable alternative fuel vehicle or plant (electric or otherwise) is available on the market or within available resources with a view to such vehicles operating on HVO fuel where appropriate and as set out in the report (see list of vehicles required within this financial year 2.17) be approved;

5.    The council’s management of the capital replacement plan for both Ubico operated fleet and plant, and the Council’s own fleet, directly support our climate change ambitions of net zero by 2030 by moving to alternative fuels or away from internal combustion engines for all our fleet and plant as quickly as practicable where alternatives are available and within available resources.

Contact: Karen Watson, Environmental Partnerships Manager Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected].

Report author: Karen Watson

Publication date: 02/12/2021

Date of decision: 30/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 30/11/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2021

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