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Sustainable Outcomes

This procurement is an important step for the Council in its response to the climate emergency agenda and the decarbonisation of its Fleet to support a reduction in the city's carbon emissions and improve air quality in Glasgow.

The procurement supports the Council’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 under the  following themes:

Theme Outcome
A Sustainable and Low Carbon City, (Priorities 61,64, 66 & 67)

•         A sustainable and low carbon city - purchasing these 19 zero emission FCEV RCV's will enable the removal of the equivalent number diesel RCV's, reducing carbon emissions and helping Glasgow reach their net zero target. (No.61)

•         Improve the city’s cleanliness and recycling rates and residents’ satisfaction with these issues. (No.64)

•         Improve the efficiency of our services through the development of smart technology, including for refuse collection and street lighting. (No.66)

A Thriving Economy, (Priorities 4 and 5)

Community Benefits – Mandatory Non- Evaluated:

Targeted Recruitment & Employment

  • New Employee - Full Time Job x 4 (Non-Priority Group)
  • New Employee - Part Time Job (Priority Group) 

Supply Chain Development                                    

  • Supply Chain Briefings x 2 Community Engagement - Non-Financial Support x 10 (5hrs)

The recommended lead supplier Arcola Energy Ltd is intending to set up a workshop in Glasgow for the duration of the project. The workshop in Glasgow will be used as a base to carry out maintenance and repairs and deliver Community Benefits.

Fair Work Practices

The lead consortium supplier, will be undertaking the main element of this procurement, confirmed that it pays the Real Living Wage as a minimum.

Contribution to National Outcomes

  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We are creative and vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely
  • We have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy
  • We value, enjoy, protect and enhance our environment
  • We are open, connected and make a positive contribution internationally


The delivery of the Fleet procurements have been supported and influenced by the Council’s ambitious Fleet Strategy which sets clear objectives and targets.

The consideration and application of whole life costing into the procurement specification and evaluation model helps to provide upfront transparency and confirm the full cost of ownership for the contract period which will assist the Council in ensuring adequate budgets are available to cover the parts and maintenance costs etc.

The CPU were able to deliver a contract for the Purchase, Maintenance & Repair of 26-ton Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Refuse Collection Vehicles within restricted and challenging time lines by strategic partnership working with client teams and early market engagement, securing nineteen 26-ton Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric RCVs in total.

Glasgow shall be embracing green hydrogen by taking a big step forward towards its net-zero future with the world’s largest number of hydrogen-powered refuse vehicles to take to the city’s streets by October 2022. These vehicles will be of an innovative design, build and technology solution to comply with the operational duty requirements and achieve increased fleet efficiency within a zero-emission vehicle.

Report by Raji Purba

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