RAF spends £30,000 on e-scooters to replace bus in bid to go green

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The RAF says it is looking at innovative solutions to work towards a greener future at its bases
The RAF says it is looking at innovative solutions to work towards a greener future at its bases

The RAF has spent £30,000 on e-scooters to replace a shuttle bus on a base in a bid to go green.

As part of Project ASTRA, the initiative which seeks to look at every part of what the RAF does with a view to making it better and more efficient, 90 of the devices were bought for personnel to use in order to travel around the sprawling RAF Marham air base.

The south side of the base has three main operating locations and is situated approximately three miles from the main domestic site which houses Marham’s administrative functions, medical facilities, logistics stores and all ranks accommodation.

The e-scooters will now replace the 52-seat minibus which currently performs a regular shuttle service between these sites, leading to reduced costs to transportation and greener travel.


A defence source said the RAF is committed to meeting the government’s intent of Net Zero by 2040, with air stations like RAF Marham “at the forefront of green initiatives”. They added that the scooters also “increase access to low carbon emission transport options”.


Last week Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston told The Daily Telegraph he was aware it sounded “crazy” that as the head of the RAF he was so invested in the environment, when Defence is responsible for 50 percent of central government emissions.


Sir Mike said: “People my age recognise that the youngsters coming out of the education system think about the environment and want to be part of its carbon footprint. It's crazy for an Air Chief to be saying that. I have seen people debating whether they would join the RAF based on whether it's got a smaller carbon footprint."


As part of the RAF’s pledge to reduce emissions sustainable aviation fuel is on the horizon, although this is not yet economically viable.

An RAF spokesman said: “As part of the RAF’s vision to create a greener and more efficient Force of the future, e-scooters have been introduced at RAF Marham. This will reduce the need for large vehicles on the base.


“We remain committed to ensuring value for money for the taxpayer and this initiative seeks to reduce other transport costs at the base, including parking provision.”

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