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S5W-07454: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to decarbonise publicly (a) owned and (b) managed transport fleets.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 March 2017

Building on Switched On Fleets, and as set out in the draft Climate Change Plan, published on 19 January 2017, we propose to work with Scotland Excel, COSLA and other partners to determine whether a new procurement policy could be developed, which introduces a presumption that all new vehicles purchased by public sector organisations in Scotland are ultra-low emission. We will publish our findings by the end of 2017.

Through Switched On Fleets, we’ve provided over £3.7 million to local authorities and their partners to support the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. This will result in around 350 new electric vehicles entering the Scottish public sector fleet by spring 2017.

Our Switched On Fleets initiative commenced in 2014 and offered free, evidence-based analysis of public sector fleets, identifying new opportunities for the cost effective deployment of electric vehicles.