British Diplomats To Go Green

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Some of Britain’s leading government officials across the globe are to swap their chauffeur-driven dirty petrol vehicles for a fleet of greener Jaguar I-Paces.

Ambassadors from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will be setting a green standard for motoring with low-carbon official cars, making them ‘the greenest diplomatic service in the world’.

The UK is hosting the influential COP26 international climate change talks in November 2020, while the British built Jaguar I-PACE has won more than 60 awards making it one of the most decorated production cars ever. Just this year the innovative EV Jaguar SUV won a unique double by claiming the World Car of the Year and the European Car of the Year - the first time Jaguar have won in the 50-year history of the award.

The British Government has already set itself targets to have 25% of their vehicles all-electric by 2022 and for that figure to rise to 100 per cent by 2030.

Embassies in Oslo and the Vatican have already received their new I-PACEs, with a further 30 to be delivered across the globe by April 2020.

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and our fleet of flag cars is a high-profile tool for demonstrating the UK’s international leadership on climate change diplomacy,” said Sir Simon McDonaldn, permanent under-secretary at the FCO.

“I want us to be the greenest diplomatic service in the world. Shifting our vehicles away from petrol to all-electric will help us achieve this.”