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Our Heroes show low-carbon transport is no fleeting thing

The results are in. The movers and shakers in setting a sterling example of fuel efficient company and organisation transport have been decided.

There was a great range of competitors battling out for this year’s Fleet Hero Awards, and the nominees gathered for a ceremony at the Institute of Directors (IoD) last Thursday night, hoping to add a gong to their existing benefits of fuel cost and carbon savings.

Categories saw the tax authorities going head-to-head with the police, a football club against a fruit seller, telecoms rivalling an energy drinks company, a university against a taxi firm and many more intriguing tussles for trophies. But let’s cut straight to who prevailed.

Firstly, it’s been proven beyond doubt is that while Red Bull may provide wings, they also have a keen desire to get the most out of their wheels. The company scooped the Best Business Fleet award. In the public sector, Environment Agency was victorious.

We’ve been talking about the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative a fair bit on the blog recently (which is still open for businesses and organisations seeking free electric vehicle consultancy,) – the standout performers in this section were judged to be tropical plant specialists Urban Planters London West.

Illustrating the sheer variation in the kind of companies and organisations working in the sustainable transport field puts you in contact with; there were some real giants of the motoring industry among the winners too: Ford and BMW both saw success in their categories.

Councils have an important role to play in a low-carbon transport future, so appropriately, a couple of local authorities came out strong on the night. City of York Council and the London Borough of Croydon won out in the Grey Fleet Management and Business Mileage Management categories respectively, both against tough competition.

While celebrating success is great for all concerned, our Chief Executive Philip Sellwood spelled out the continued challenge that exists for fleet managers:

Many fleets have picked the low hanging fruit in terms of sustainability, and need our advice and guidance on taking innovative action, whether that is investing in their first plug-in vehicle, or eliminating their grey fleet entirely.”

If all this awarding seems a little abstract, you can find out more about our work with fleets of all shapes and sizes on the website.

Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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