09/07/2014 | Gary Hartley | Transport | business transport, carbon emissions, cutting fuel costs, Fleet Hero Awards, fleet management, fleets, fuel costs, green awards, green transport, Quentin Willson
For those involved in sustainable fleet management, there can be no higher accolade then being named a Fleet Hero. Of course we would say that – the Fleet Hero Awards is our event, and it’s open for entries now. The awards ceremony marks the increasing need for heroes in businesses and organisations with fleets of vehicles. Fuel costs keep rising, keeping on top of overheads is an ever-present concern, and many companies, councils and charities are doing what they can to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. So how heroic are we talking? Well, the examples set by last year’s winners speak for themselves: City of York Council cutting CO2 emissions by nearly half over three years, Red Bull’s energetic efforts in engaging staff in cutting transport carbon and costs, BMW’s innovative i3, manufactured using wind power, are among many examples of heroism in this growing area. There are ten categories this year. The awards are about everything from individual fleet managers going a step further in finding ways to be more sustainable, to those making best use of new technologies. A rising number of fleets are now incorporating the latest technological developments, both in terms of vehicle choices and fuel efficiency monitoring software. Industry experts will be deliberating who will be going home with the gongs and this year, Fleet World deputy editor Alex Grant has joined the panel. Writer and former Top Gear presenter, Quentin Willson, will be presenting the awards. The Fleet Hero Awards take place at the Institute of Directors, London on Thursday 27 November. If you feel your organisation has what it takes to be a Fleet Hero, there are less than two months to get a watertight entry together – the closing date for first round applications is Friday 15 August.