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2016 Fleet Hero Awards winners revealed

Fleets including an organic supermarket alternative that delivers direct from the farm and a zero tailpipe emissions courier service have taken titles at the 2016 Fleet Hero awards.

Array of Fleet Hero awards

This year’s Fleet Hero Awards shortlist featured 31 entries from across the whole of the UK

Fleets including an organic supermarket alternative that delivers direct from the farm and a zero tailpipe emissions courier service have taken titles at the 2016 Fleet Hero awards.

Held by the Energy Saving Trust at the London Transport Museum last night (24 November), the 11th annual event named the organisations that are showing the UK the way in reducing their carbon footprint and fuel bills.

This year’s winners include Farmdrop, a to-your-door organic supermarket in London, which uses a fleet of electric vans to deliver groceries direct from the producers, and was awarded the Ultra Low Emission Fleet title.

Meanwhile zero tailpipe emission couriers WEGO won the Fleet Hero Innovation Award jointly with InterCity RailFreight for their novel approach to reducing emissions in polluted city centres.

With depots in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield and London, WEGO’s fleet of electric vehicles and pushbikes helps to minimise air pollution in city centres. The first/last mile courier has partnered with InterCity RailFreight to consolidate deliveries across the country using high speed rail to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

This year’s other winners were:

  • Best Public Sector Fleet: West Yorkshire Police
  • Best Business Sector Fleet: Z-Tech Control Systems
  • Grey Fleet Management: Gateshead Council
  • Vehicle Manufacturer: BMW
  • Fleet Supplier: Magenta Technology
  • Fuel Efficient Driving: Drive DeVililbiss Healthcare
  • Air Quality Initiative: City of Bradford Council
  • Unsung Fleet Hero: John Gorton, Essex Police and Kent Police

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, demonstrating the significant progress the UK’s organisations, local authorities and companies are making in reducing the impact they make on our environment – all while reducing their fuel bills.”

Among the winners, West Yorkshire Police, Z-Tech Control Systems and BMW have won previous Fleet Hero awards and were recognised again this year for their continued commitment to efficient vehicles and fleet management.

Meanwhile in winning the Air Quality Initiative, the City of Bradford Council has shown the importance of strong partnerships: working with academia, health and its local services to tackle air pollution in the city.

Mr Sellwood added: “It was terrific to hear of all the fantastic schemes that are happening across the country to reduce fleet running costs and emissions. It is equally encouraging to find a number of repeat winners in amongst those picking up awards for the first time, showing an ongoing commitment to change.

“By adopting such schemes, these organisations 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.

“As such, we’re looking forward to even more competition for next year’s Fleet Hero Awards.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.