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Fleet Hero Finalists Announced

Fleet Hero Finalists AnnouncedWednesday, 4 November, 2015


34 fleets and suppliers short-listed for Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards 

10th annual awards held at London Transport Museum 26 November 


The Energy Saving Trust is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Fleet Hero Awards. The judges have selected 34 fleets, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers who are at the cutting edge of work to reduce transport emissions.

The Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards is one of the key fleet events in the UK and in 2015 celebrates its 10th year. The awards showcase organisations, suppliers and manufacturers that have successfully reduced fuel bills and lowered their emissions and carbon footprint through better transport policies and improved fleet efficiency.

The winners will be announced on the evening of 26 November at the London Transport Museum. Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP will attend the ceremony and speak to an audience of notable business leaders and government stakeholders.

The ceremony is a great opportunity to meet people in the transport and fleet management industry. During the afternoon delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the Fleet Hero Conference which brings together transport sector experts to discuss the future of fleet management.


Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said:

“This year’s Fleet Hero Awards is our 10th annual celebration of green transport innovation and it remains a great opportunity to meet with leaders in the transport and fleet management industry.

“Our shortlist includes organisations from all around the country that are cutting emissions with innovative transport policies and fleet efficiency. It also includes a new Air Quality award, which has been created to highlight the range of initiatives that are being spearheaded by local authorities across the UK to tackle air quality. Air pollution is a real and present danger to our health yet despite this, the UK’s understanding of this issue is limited and there is confusion about which vehicles are appropriate for different types of journeys. We think it’s right that public sector bodies working to improve air quality should be rewarded.”


This anniversary is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the advances that have been made by the fleet industry over the last 10 years and to reflect on the achievements of UK businesses and public sector organisations who are leading the way in innovative, cost effective green fleet management.

The last 10 years have seen major changes in the fleet industry and now green fleet management is accepted best practice, reducing harmful emissions while at the same time reducing fleet costs. ULEV sales are growing strongly and now represent one percent of new car sales. There are over 40,000 ULEVs on the road in the UK and more organisations than ever are finding that there is a strong business case for the adoption of these vehicles in their fleets.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP added: “I congratulate the UK businesses and organisations who have led the way in running cost-effective green fleets and have been nominated for a Fleet Hero Award this year. The government is determined to support a reduction in transport emissions which is why we are investing £500 million to increase uptake of low emission vehicles over the next five years. We will continue to work with industry partners to achieve our goal of making all cars and vans emission-free by 2050”

The awards will be hosted by BBC Watchdog motoring reporter Ginny Buckley. On presenting the awards, she said: “I’m really excited to be hosting the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards’ tenth anniversary and I’m looking forward to hearing about the innovative measures the UK’s talented fleet managers and suppliers are taking to reduce fuel consumption.

By aspiring to be a Fleet Hero, our fleet managers aren’t just helping reduce their carbon emissions and improve fuel efficiency, they’re delivering real benefits for their organisation by cutting costs and improving their reputation as responsible, environmentally aware organisations.”

To view the shortlist, or to find out more about the awards, please visit or email with any questions.

For more information on how your organisation can cut transport costs and emissions visit or email






For further information please contact:

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The companies that made it onto the Fleet Hero Awards 2015 shortlist are:

1. Best Public Sector Fleet

  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT
  • Oxford City Council
  • West Yorkshire Police

2. Best Business Sector Fleet

  • Abbott Laboratories Ltd
  • Carter Synergies
  • Z-Tech Control Systems Ltd

3. Low Emission Vehicle Manufacturer

  • BMW
  • Citroen
  • Toyota

4. Plugged-in Fleets

  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT
  • Gnewt Cargo
  • University of Birmingham

5. Grey Fleet Management

  • Aylesbury Vale DC
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

6. Air Quality Initiative

  • City of London Corporation
  • London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets
  • Oxfordshire County Council & Oxford City Council

7. Eco-driving

  • Carlsberg
  • O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd
  • SGN

8. Low carbon Fleet Supplier

  • Alphabet
  • Chevin
  • Co-wheels Car Club CIC
  • E-car

9. Plug-in Taxi or Private Hire Initiative

  • Addison Lee
  • eConnect Cars
  • Thriev

10. Commercial Vehicle Management

  • Carlsberg
  • O’Donovan Waste Disposal
  • TNT

11. Unsung (fleet) hero

  • Mike Potter, Fleetdrive Electric
  • Chris Chandler, Lex Autolease
  • Peter Wood, Michelin Tyre Plc


 About the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards

The Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards recognise private and public organisations that are successfully reducing their fleet carbon footprints and lowering their fuel bills. Celebrating their tenth year in 2015, these prestigious awards are a key event in the green fleet calendar.

The 11 award categories for this year recognise individuals, organisations and suppliers who reduce emissions and cut fuel costs.


This year’s award categories are:

  • Air Quality Initiative

    • A new category for 2015, the Air Quality Initiative Award will be presented to a local authority or other public sector agency responsible for transport services. Judges will be looking for a co-ordinated and holistic approach to reducing the impact of transport on air quality with demonstrable benefits for local residents.
  • Best Business Sector Fleet
    • Winners of the best public and business sector fleet will have implemented innovative solutions and/or new technology to deliver proven cost and carbon savings across their fleet operation.
  • Best Public Sector Fleet
    • Winners will have integrated plug-in cars and/or light commercial vehicles into their fleet and must demonstrate a real-world business case.
  • Commercial Vehicle Management
    • This category includes HGVs and buses as well as smaller commercial vehicles. Organisations should have implemented a range of innovative measures to help cut fleet emissions and improve efficiency.
  • Eco-driving
    • This award recognises organisations taking a proactive approach to managing and improving the way their employees drive. Many organisations provide driver training to their staff; however, the challenge lies in successfully achieving a sustained improvement in driver performance.
  • Grey Fleet Management
    • Grey fleet is overlooked by many organisations, despite its high financial and environmental costs and the need to demonstrate duty of care responsibilities. Typically a grey fleet is administered across several departments of an organisation, making it a difficult area of the fleet to improve. Winners of this category will be recognised for overcoming these challenges
  • Low Carbon Fleet Supplier
    • This award recognises exciting and innovative ways in which suppliers have helped organisations manage fleets more efficiently. Entrants may be leasing companies, fleet management and fleet service suppliers or vehicle manufacturers.
  • Low Emission Vehicle Manufacturer
    • This award will recognise a car and/or van manufacturer that is producing an ultra-low emission vehicle (or vehicles) which meets the needs of fleets today. Plugged-in Fleets
  • Plug-in Taxi or Private Hire Initiative
    • This category is open to ‘Hackney’ taxi and private hire operators. Judges expect to reward an organisation which has adopted a significant number of plug-in vehicles (as a proportion of the total fleet) and made them integral to the success of their business.
  • Unsung (fleet) Hero
    • This award will recognise individuals who manage their organisation’s fleet on a day-to-day basis and champion sustainable fleet practices. The winner will have demonstrated their commitment to reducing carbon emissions by driving significant organisational and behavioural change.


About the Fleet Hero Conference

Join us on the afternoon of 26th November (12.30pm-5.00pm) for the Fleet Hero conference.

The Fleet Hero conference (formerly Motorvate Conference) brings together transport sector experts to explore how to make the growing market of low-emission vehicles more attractive to drivers, buyers and fleet managers.


The conference is free to attend and will provide you with:

  • fleet best practice advice
  • case studies from leading car manufacturers and suppliers
  • fresh insight and ideas to implement within your fleet
  • networking opportunities with colleagues
  • free entry to the London Transport Museum galleries throughout the day

Who should attend?

  • Fleet directors and managers
  • Sustainability professionals
  • Contract and procurement managers
  • Travel planners and co-ordinators


About Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust is an organisation providing evidence-based advice and ground-breaking research that helps people save energy, every day.

Trusted by consumers, businesses and organisations for our expertise and independence, our goal is to find new and better ways to drive change and reduce energy consumption.

The Transport Programme at the Energy Saving Trust offers fleets independent and impartial practical advice based on evidence and experience. We have a range of transport initiatives to help businesses and public sector organisations reduce fuel consumption, driving down expenditure on fuel as well as carbon emissions.