Ultra-Low Emission Waste and Recycling Vehicles


Project Brief

Local Partnerships has commissioned Cenex to provide ongoing specialist technical support to the Welsh Government Ultra-Low Emission Waste and Recycling Vehicles Project.

The aim of the project is to accelerate and de-risk the transition to a zero or ultra-low emission waste and recycling vehicles across all 22 Welsh local authorities by 2030. The project will identify and overcome practical barriers to adoption by replacing diesel fleet vehicles with ultra-low emission vehicles, helping local authorities to specify and implement the required infrastructure and by informing new product development.

The fleet currently consists of 765 vehicles across 37 depots and the project is expected to deliver solutions for all applications ranging from 12 tonne kerbside recycling vehicles, known as resource recovery vehicles (RRV), to 26 tonne refuse collection vehicles (RCV).


The overall objective of the project is to reduce public sector emissions (greenhouse gas, air quality and noise emissions) by transitioning the entire fleet, including the provision of the required infrastructure powered by renewable energy, to ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030.

The ultimate success of the project will therefore be measured by accelerating the number of ultra-low emission vehicles on the fleet compared to the current vehicle replacement programmes.


Cenex deliverables include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Baselining of the current Welsh fleet
  • Quarterly ultra-low emission vehicle performance reports
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure guidance documents and knowledge sharing. Including a webinar hosted by Cenex and Local Partnerships for all Welsh Local Authorities. See resources for downloads
  • Statistical models of ultra-low emission waste and recycling vehicles
  • Ultra-low emission vehicle case studies