News »

Lord Mayor's office to go electric

The Lord Mayor has already gone green but this summer, his 182-C-01 car will go electric.

Henry Ford & Son Limited intend to put the Lord Mayor of Cork in a Mondeo Hybrid in July 2018.

Since the beginning of this year, the Lord Mayor has been driving a green car with a CO2 rating of only 112g/km which is a significant improvement from 5 years ago when the CO2 was at 139g/km.

Over a 5-year period Ford will have reduced the emissions on the Lord Mayor’s car by over 35%.”

Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “Transport is responsible for 20% of the country’s carbon emissions and emissions from the sector are growing. We need to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road to meet our climate change commitments”.

“The future is electric and seeing as the vast majority of my journies are around the city, it makes sense to lead by example and go electric. There are electric charging points on street in Cork and at

Paul St and North Main St multi storey carparks and at Black Ash Park & Ride”.

This is the latest move by Cork City Council to help paint a greener future.  Disposable single-use cups will be no longer be available at Cork City Hall. It’s understood that Cork City Council is the first local authority in Ireland to take this initiative.

As part of this coffee cup ban, Cork City Council staff are being encouraged to use environmentally friendly reusable cups instead.

Free reusable cups were distributed to staff at Cork City Hall yesterday.  

Cork City Council Chief Scientist Mary Walsh said: “In Ireland, 2 million disposable coffee cups a day are put into landfill.  This is a scandalous figure and here at Cork City Council we wanted to do our bit to reduce our environmental footprint by banning disposable cups at City Hall. Also litter surveys have shown that coffee cups are a major source of litter on the outskirts of the city”.

“Cork City Council was spending €700 a month on disposable cups at its canteen and we have spent €3,500 buying 500 reusable cups for staff at City Hall. So we’ll see payback on that reusable cup investment in just five months. It’s a win-win for Cork City Council,” she said.

Back to list