Swansea Labour is continuing its firm commitment to delivering a clear policy on promoting green transport alternatives.
And it was the Labour regime that was behind the Greenfleet event in the city, in close collaboration with Swansea University, promoting the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicle technology.
Swansea is one of eight cities hosting a Greenfleet event this year. This is the second Greenfleet Cymru Conference ever to be held in Wales.
The event coincided with the Council meeting, which has slashed its carbon footprint by 42% over the past decade, declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ at its full council meeting.
“Swansea Labour have got a clear ambition and vision to tackle fuel poverty, transport poverty as well as improving air quality in our City” stated Labour Councillor Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member of Homes and Energy.
“We recognise that zero emission vehicles are an important part of that journey, to make sure we move the city forward.
“It’s fair to say Wales needs to catch up and we are far behind but Swansea has got an ambition and a vision. I’m really proud to be part of the Swansea Labour administration which is delivering for the people of Swansea.
“I was absolutely delighted – it was a hugely successful event here in Swansea, which as a city recognises the need for the uptake of electric vehicles.
“I sincerely hope this will be the first of many of these events. This event with Greenfleet Cymru was held in Cardiff last year – it’s the first time it has been held in Swansea.
“There is a real synergy with our other events we are holding – the Clean Air Road Show in October and the Hydrogen Conference which the Council is supporting planned for September, together with Council backing for the first Green Dragon Rally to be held in the UK.”
“It was a great opportunity to showcase what is going on in Swansea as a City, the new Arena, the City Centre regeneration phases one and two and major house building programme. There is a huge opportunity for us to install and introduce EV charging infrastructure in all our new schemes.”
Colin Boyton, event manager for Greenfleet, said: “We are taking ultra-low emission vehicle technology to different cities to encourage companies to change the vehicles they use in their transport operations.
“The tour has been phenomenal and especially Swansea. It is by the far the best attended city event we have had so far. That has been helped by the input of Cllr Lewis and her team. The guys at Swansea University and the Welsh Government have also been supportive.
“They have helped us spread the word and people have been here from across Wales.”
CAPTION: Cllr Andrea Lewis with Colin Boyton, Event Manager for Greenfleet