SSE Airtricity is helping the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust steer towards a greener and more sustainable future, as well as promoting a cleaner and healthier environment, through the introduction of all-new zero-emission electric vehicles.
The Trust has taken delivery of 3 new Nissan e-NV200 vans supplied by leading energy supplier SSE Airtricity which will bring the Trust’s fleet of Electric Vehicles (EVs) to 11. The new electric vehicles give the Trust a greener, healthier and more energy-efficient means of transporting essential equipment across the city and beyond, and all at ultra-low running costs.
The EVs have been supplied as part of the landmark energy supply contract announced last year, which saw SSE Airtricity appointed as the key greener energy provider to a number of Northern Ireland’s Health & Social Care Trusts and other HSC organisations.
SSE Airtricity, the region’s largest provider of wind power and second largest energy provider, now supplies ‘dual fuel’ natural gas and 100 per cent renewable electricity to the Belfast, Western, South Eastern and Northern Trusts. The supply of these all new EVs adds to SSE Airtricity’s commitment to help the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust cut their carbon dioxide emissions, as well as make efficiency savings through reduced transport costs.
The Nissan e-NV200 vans can travel 106 miles on a full charge, and can reach full power in just 30 minutes from a rapid charge point. The electricity provided at the charge points also comes from renewable sources.
David O’Byrne, SSE Airtricity Industrial and Commercial Sales Manager said:
“We’re delighted to deliver these all-electric, zero-emission vans to the Belfast Health & Social Care Trusts and other Trusts across the region. The electricity supplied to the Trust by SSE Airtricity is already 100 per cent renewable, and the provision of these new electric vehicles will further add to the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Importantly, it will also help reduce their transport costs by cutting fuel consumption.
"This is the first public sector tender issued in Northern Ireland to assess sustainability in line with the Department of Health’s ‘Making Life Better’ strategic framework. SSE Airtricity, a company founded on the principles of sustainability and renewable power, are particularly proud that through our innovative Sustainability Engagement Programme, we are making a real contribution to the Belfast Trust’s sustainability objectives."
Damian Horisk from the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust said:
"The environment in which people live and work has a key influence on their health, and as a result, the Trust aims to have sustainable development as a core element of all its businesses. We are delighted with this innovative partnership with SSE Airtricity and these new vans will provide vital support for the Trust, with the added value of helping to reduce our emissions and contribute to cleaner air and improved health for everyone in our city."