Blenheim Leads Charge to Drive Down Emissions

Blenheim has unveiled the first of a fleet of new electric vehicles as part of its commitment to become a net green energy generator.

Earlier this month the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site took delivery of a Nissan e-NV200 which will be used as an operations van around the estate.

In March two new Nissan LEAF cars will also be delivered as part of an ongoing commitment to radically reduce carbon emissions.

“We were delighted to be able to deliver one of our all-electric vans to Blenheim and we are looking forward to working with them going forward as they look to develop their fleet,” said Karl Anders, National EV Manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd.

Blenheim is working with Nissan to gradually replace its existing fleet of petrol-driven vehicles with fully-electric alternatives.

This initiative is part of a huge overall plan which is looking at every aspect of the estate.

“As well as reducing our consumption by implementing wide-ranging, energy-saving programmes across the estate we are also producing renewable energy through our investments in solar cell technology and hydro-electricity,” said Jacqueline Gibson, Sustainability Advisor for Blenheim Palace.

“This year we’re aiming to generate around 15% of our energy this way and we are planning to become totally energy self-sufficient within nine years,” she added.

In addition to the new electric vehicles, Blenheim is also planning to install charging points at their new Estate Office and outside the Palace itself, as well establishing a Green Car pool for staff and building new cycle paths on the Estate and improving use of public transport links by offering discounts.


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