The Environment Agency and BAM Nuttall have introduced electric vehicles to carry out early flood defence work in Hebden Bridge and the wider Calder Valley, as part of the project’s ambition to cut carbon emissions.
The Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS), led and developed by the Environment Agency, aims to improve flood protection for approximately 400 properties and is vital to improving the town’s flood defence.
The range of electric vehicles being used include:
- Electric cars – for site visits throughout Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley
- Small electric vans – for engineers and supervisors to visit Hebden Bridge and other schemes within the Calder Valley
- Large electric vans – to transport people around site and minimise traffic within the town
- Large electric pick-ups – to replace transit van pick-ups to transport materials and people.
Christian Merriman, Flood & Coastal Risk Management Advisor at the Environment Agency, said: “We’re already seeing the impacts of the climate emergency in the UK. The Environment Agency is committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2030. To achieve this, we will need to cut our carbon emissions by 45%.
“This is a huge and important challenge to help mitigate the effects of climate change. The use of electric vehicles at Hebden Bridge is just one of the measures we have implemented to help achieve our target.
“Our partnership with BAM Nuttall takes us one step closer to our goal and we will continue reducing our carbon emissions for wider projects.
Steve Hamer, Contracts Manager at BAM Nuttall, said: “BAM Nuttall is at the cutting edge of Electric Vehicle technology and is one of the leading civil engineering companies in this field. Here at Hebden Bridge, we’ve taken strong steps to make sure that our carbon footprint is as low as possible during construction by using various types of electric vehicles. Our vehicles also have bespoke messages to help promote sustainable solutions.
“Personally, and more importantly, I believe that this is the right thing to do to play our part in helping combat the climate crisis as much as we can. We’re also utilising Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil to run all our equipment on site, which reduces the use of fossil fuels, saving up to 95% of carbon emissions compared with normal fuel usage.”
Councillor Scott Patient, Calderdale Council, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that the Environment Agency and contractors BAM Nuttall are using electric vehicles as part of the Hebden Bridge scheme. The Council declared a climate emergency in early 2019 and, since then, work has accelerated to minimise the impacts of the climate crisis and ecological breakdown whilst providing much needed resilience for our flood-prone communities.
“By working with our partners, Calderdale’s bold ambitions of being carbon neutral by 2038 or sooner can be achieved. We have also supported this by installing a network of on- and off-road charging infrastructure to help workers and visitors stay fully charged.”