Local authorities and public sector bodies leading the battle against air pollution are set to be honoured during the tenth annual Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards – but the deadline for entries is fast approaching.
Applications for the new Air Quality Initiative Award are being sought as fresh concerns were raised about levels of pollution in many of the UK’s cities, including London and Newcastle.
However, only days remain for organisations to apply for this or the 10 other accolades to be presented during this year’s landmark ceremony, with entries to be submitted by the July 31 deadline.
Held in the London Transport Museum, the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards will be hosted by Watchdog’s motoring reporter Ginny Buckley, with the keynote speech delivered by Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP. The event will recognise the contribution of those private and public sector organisations using innovative methods to reduce fuel bills and cut carbon emissions.
Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust said: “Over the last decade we have helped many organisations reduce the environmental impact of their transport operations and we are continually impressed with the ways in which organisations are helping lower transport emissions and running costs.
“As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of these awards and achievement among our Fleet Heroes, we felt it was important to recognise the diverse approaches taken by local authorities and public sector bodies to improve air quality – the Air Quality Award is the perfect way to do this.”
Recent figures from Public Health England suggest that around 29,000 early deaths each year are attributable to poor air quality. The cost to the economy is estimated to be as high as £16 billion a year. Nearly 9,500 people died in London in 2010 as a result of long-term exposure to air-pollution, while Newcastle University said pollution in the North East might be as much as 60 per cent worse than first thought.
Mr Sellwood continued: “The introduction of this new award reflects the rising importance of air pollution on the political and fleet agendas. I’m confident that the winning authority will have made an outstanding contribution towards improving the UK’s air quality.”
The awards ceremony will take place on November 26 and will follow the newly rebranded Fleet Hero Conference – formerly known as the Motorvate Conference.
On presenting the awards, Ginny 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.”
This year’s award categories are:
For more information about the awards, how to apply and sponsorship opportunities visit www.fleetheroawards.org.uk.
A full list of winners from last year’s awards and information about why they won can be found at www.fleetheroawards.org.uk/2014-winners
For further information please contact:
Julian Roberts 020 7654 2455 / Julian.Roberts@est.org.uk
About the Energy Saving Trust
Energy Saving Trust helps householders, governments, businesses and organisations save energy every day.
Our activities include:
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.
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.
About Ginny Buckley
Ginny has been writing passionately about the car industry and reviewing cars for 17 years. She has written for three national newspapers and was Fleet Street’s first female Motoring Editor. Currently, Ginny is the motoring editor at the biggest selling women's lifestyle magazine Good Housekeeping and presents video road tests for the weekly motoring magazine, Auto Express.