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Coca-Cola Enterprises, Ford & Toyota named as Low Carbon Champions

The awards, which coincide with the 10-year anniversary for the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), saw Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd named Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year, with the runner-up being John Lewis Partnership Commercial Vehicle Fleet.

Meanwhile Ford Motor Company Ltd and Transport for London (TfL) took special anniversary accolades for “Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 years”.

Andy Eastlake, the Low CVP managing director and judge, said: ‘As the UK market leader in passenger cars, Ford has arguably had the biggest impact on cutting overall emissions of carbon from road transport. The continuous improvement in combustion engines in the volume market is achieved through lon- term commitment and hard graft.  The carbon credentials and success of the latest Ford cars show just what can be achieved.’

In addition, Graham Smith, managing director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, was named the “Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport”.

And Toyota GB was named as the winner of the Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year. The judges said that Toyota has been a pioneer in low-carbon mobility in the UK since the launch of the first Prius in 2000. It reasserted its position in 2012 by successfully introducing full hybrid technology into new segments to the extent that cars emitting less than 100g CO2/km now represent more than 30% of Toyota and Lexus sales.

The judging panel comprised 28 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in this agenda. A total of 39 entries were shortlisted for awards.

One of the judges, Philippa Oldham, head of transport and manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: ‘This year’s entrants demonstrate the commitment there is in this sector to shifting our vehicles and fuels towards low carbon. The award winners show that innovation and sustainability are areas that must be invested in by companies in order to succeed.’

The full list of award winners is as follows:

  • Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport: Graham Smith – Managing Director Toyota Motor Europe London Office

  • Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 Years – Joint Winners: Ford Motor Company Limited & Transport for London

  • 2012 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME – Joint Winners: Williams Hybrid Power with Go-Ahead Group & Controlled Power Technologies/Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium
2012 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report: International Energy Agency (Technology Roadmap/Policy Pathway)

  • Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year: Toyota (GB) PLC
Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year: Greenergy Fuels Ltd (BP Biofuels – Runner-Up. Air Fuel Synthesis Limited – Highly Commended)
  • Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year: Wrightbus (The Hardstaff Group – Runner-Up)

  • Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year: Charge Your Car (North) Ltd

  • Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year: Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (John Lewis Partnership Commercial Vehicle Fleet – Runner-Up. Howard Tenens Associates Ltd – Highly Commended)
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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.