Oxford City Council claim green awards

Oxford City Council has picked up two awards in the past week for the way we are tackling air pollution in Oxford.

The first, awarded at the National Air Quality Awards, for the Local Authority Air Quality Initiative of the Year for Oxford’s city centre Low Emission Zone.

The zone was introduced last year by the City Council and Oxfordshire County Council and requires local bus services to operate low emission vehicles.

The second at the Public Sector Fleet of the Year Awards at the Green Fleet Awards recognising our initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from the council’s own fleet. In the last 18 months Oxford City Council have reduced emissions in their refuse fleet by 50 tonnes alone, and 15% of the fleet are now electric or hybrid vehicles.

Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board member for Climate Change, said: “Oxford City Council is leading the way in how to improve air quality and I am pleased to see that we are being recognised for that. But air quality in parts of Oxford city centre remains a concern and we must not rest on our laurels.”

Other recent City Council work to improve air quality has included agreeing an air quality action plan in 2013, reducing the emissions of the Council’s own vehicles, making £250,000 worth of improvements to the cycle network and bidding for £9m to encourage the use of electric vehicles in Oxford.
For more information about air quality in Oxford, visit: www.oxford.gov.uk/airquality