John O'Conner goes electric to reduce carbon emissions - and beat fuel price rises

Grounds upkeep contractor John O'Conner is working with a local authority client to lead the way in green practices.

Two electric grounds maintenance vehicles are doing the rounds on parks, sports pitches and open spaces for North Herts District Council in a bid to reduce harmful carbon emissions.

The new vehicles were bought as part of a joint initiative to help reinforce the council’s commitment to reducing the district’s carbon footprint, tackle climate change and help manage operational costs, said managing director Matt O’Conner.

"This is another example of the working partnership between John O’Conner and local authority," he said. "Together we hope to continue to enhance and maintain the district’s green spaces to a high standard."

He said the vehicles would enable his team to travel locally for landscaping and external grounds maintenance services. It would cause less noise pollution and damage to the environment than petrol fuelled vehicles.

Using electrically powered vehicles also combats the rising cost of fuel prices, said the council’s head of environment and leisure Vaughan Watson, adding that protecting the environment and tackling effects of climate change was a key council priority.

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