UK's Fleet Heroes revealed at Museum of London Docklands
An innovative partnership tackling air quality issues in central London and a utility company who has set up a training programme for young drivers are among those named UK’s Fleet Heroes 2017.
At an awards ceremony held in the Museum of London Docklands and sponsored by the Department for Transport, BMW, Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, Highways England and Volkswagen, the Energy Saving Trust’s 12th annual Fleet Hero Awards named the organisations that are showing the UK the way in reducing emissions from road transport.
Among the winners were Leeds City Council for its work on introducing an ultra low-emissions fleet, Heathrow Airport for installing a sizeable network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, the University of Birmingham for its fleet and Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust for implementing a series of measures to move staff into more sustainable methods of transport.
Presented by Red Dwarf star, Scrapheap challenge host and motoring journalist, Robert Llewellyn (@bobbyllew), this shortlist featured 28 entries from across the whole of the UK.
And such was the quality of entries, that the Unsung Fleet Hero award was shared between two for the first time in the awards’ history, with Matt Dale of Bristol’s ALD Automotive and David Hosking of Watford company Tusker jointly holding the accolade.
Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said:
“The entries were very competitive and it is very encouraging to see such a swell of new entrants this year.
“Such was the standard of entries that our judges had an extremely difficult time in picking our winners – indeed the competition in the Unsung Fleet Hero category was so strong that two winners were recognised. The judges were keen to highlight the important role of inspired and determined individuals in driving change.” Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust
The 2017 awards have taken place against a backdrop of a quickening uptake of plug-in vehicles driven by governments and manufacturers, pushes to increase the accessibility of charging infrastructure and a sense of urgency to tackle air quality issues.
Fleets and businesses from across the country are repositioning themselves to meet these challenges and opportunities head on. Judges are seeing a higher standard of entries than ever before, particularly in the Ultra-low Emission Fleet, Innovation and Unsung Fleet Hero categories.
University of Birmingham
Z-Tech Control Systems
Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust
Cross River Partnership
Leeds City Council
Matt Dale, ALD Automotive
David Hosking, Tusker
“These pro-active and informed organisations and individuals aren’t just setting an example for their own staff to follow, they are raising the bar for their partners and, indeed, their competitors to aspire to. We’re looking forward to even more competition for next year’s Fleet Hero Awards.” Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust