Rossendale Borough Council has unveiled a fully electric service van as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint.

The new van is part of an expanding fleet that includes electric vehicles (EVs) for several fleet vehicles, including the mayor’s official car. 

In addition to the electric vehicles, the council also has two new refuse wagons equipped with solar-powered hydraulics. 

Kwabena Poku, climate change officer at the council, said: “While we acknowledge that more must be done to achieve our net-zero target by 2030, these moves towards adopting electric vehicles and integrating sustainable technologies into our fleet are clear demonstrations of our commitment to a more environmentally conscious Rossendale.”

"Rossendale Council recognises transitioning to electric vehicles and incorporating solar-powered technology into refuse wagons are essential steps toward achieving its net-zero target.

"The forthcoming expansion of EV recharge points is yet another example of the council's forward-thinking approach to encourage eco-friendly practices."

The Green Party's Cllr Julie Adshead added: “As we continue to move towards reducing our environmental impact, it’s important that we try to lead by example and Rossendale Borough Council urges the community to join in the effort to build a more sustainable future for generations to come.”