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Sunday 17 February 2019

Green initiatives taken by the council in 2018 mark its response to climate change

Launch of the first five Fingal County Council electric vehicles at Malahide Castle by Cllr Anthony Lavin, Mayor of Fingal. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic
Launch of the first five Fingal County Council electric vehicles at Malahide Castle by Cllr Anthony Lavin, Mayor of Fingal. Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Green initiatives rolled out in 2018 by Fingal County Council has marked out the local authority's response to climate change.

In September, Fingal County Council became the first local authority in Ireland to install integrated Electric Vehicle Charging in its public street light columns for members of the public to use.

It also introduced a reusable cup for all of its 1,400 staff. Disposable cups are no longer be available in the Council offices and depots.

And during the summer, five electric Citroen Berlingo vans replaced diesel powered vans in its operational fleet. Each of the vehicles can cover 170 kilometres on a full charge, and take just 30 minutes to completely re-charge the batteries at the fast charging points. The vehicles are currently in use in the Operations Department in various areas dealing with Roads, Street Cleaning and Parks.

Two public drinking water fountains have been installed in Howth and Malahide. The water fountain in Howth can be found at the junction of Harbour Road and Abbey Road while the second fountain has been installed in Malahide Demesne.

Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: 'Fingal County Council takes its responsibility in tackling Climate Change very seriously. We are committed to implementing a new campaign #fingal4futuregenerations that will further develop our plan of action.

'In May, as part of our third staff development programme #engage, we focused on the theme of climate change. Arising from feedback, we have cut out all disposable cups from our workplaces, and introduced a KeepCup for all our 1,400 staff. This will eliminate the 53,000 disposable cups we send to landfill every year. Fingal County Council is committed to implementing solutions that reduce the amount of plastic waste in order to preserve our environment.

He said this initiative was a simple way to achieve that.

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