Ambulance Services: Carbon Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 16 December 2021.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on mitigating levels of carbon emission from ambulances.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government is employing a wide range of measures to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles, including specialist vehicles such as ambulances. Further, at COP26, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced that all four UK health services have made the landmark pledge to become net zero emission.

Reducing emissions from emergency service vehicles is an important part of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicle’s (OZEV) research and development programme. For example, OZEV has provided £1.9 million of funding to support the development of a prototype for the London Ambulance Service. The electric-hydrogen ambulance is the first in the world capable of travelling 300 miles before needing to be charged. OZEV has also supported the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to trial hydrogen vehicles as part of its £2 million Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Fleet Support Scheme.

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