The Times reports that the British Government will spend £1 billion (US$1.33 billion) replacing 78,000 ministerial and civil service vehicles under a program to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions from its light-duty fleet by 15% by 2010-2011.
The report says that the government has recruited 15 manufacturers from Europe, Asia and North America to supply cheaper, greener cars over the next four years. The cost will be shared by 38 government departments and agencies which have agreed to green their fleets in exchange for large discounts on cars available under the partnership.
The initiative is led by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).
Departments wanting to join the programme must calculate the amount of pollution caused by their current fleet by entering engine size, carbon dioxide emission and Euro-4 engine rating into a model designed by the OGC. They can then access a database of cars available under the programme, and “shop” for their desired vehicles. They are expected to use the OGC model to monitor the desired fleet’s carbon footprint.
Annual reports outline the department’s progress on environmental targets.