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Public sector should lead the green way, says government

The government is looking to public sector fleets to help set the environmental agenda and encourage the take-up of green technologies.

Recently-appointed secretary of state for transport Geoff Hoon said: “We’re now exploring how we can use the power of public procurement to encourage vehicle manufacturers and fleet managers to embrace greener technologies.”

Public-funded fleets have demonstrated poor environmental credentials with a report two years ago revealing that many government fleets were failing to meet their green targets.

But by pooling resources and pursuing joint procurement initiatives – like the £1.3 billion fuel card contract – state-run fleets can make huge improvements.

Speaking at the Fleet Hero Awards ceremony in London, Mr Hoon praised the work of fleet managers, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.

“Society as a whole will benefit as you contribute to tackling congestion, improving air quality and making this country more competitive,” he said.

“The fact is that a more sustainable transport system can make a positive contribution to both the bottom line and the environment.

"If we approachthis in the right way, we can put UK plc in the frontline when it comes to exporting the ideas, techniques and technology that make this work.

"Certainly, the Energy Saving Trust deserves special mention for the work it’s doing in this area.”

The Fleet Hero Awards are presented by the Energy Saving Trust in conjunction with Fleet News, with events content editor John Maslen sitting on the panel of judges and editor Martyn Moore presenting some of the awards.

Mr Moore said: “We are very proud to support the Energy Saving Trust in this event.

"Greatwork has been done by all the award-winners and we look forward to featuring their achievements in Fleet News.”

Winners of the 2008 Fleet Hero Awards are
Best small fleet
Winner: Commercial Group
Runner-up: The Royal Parks

Best medium fleet
Winner: James McNaughton Group
Runner-up: Center Parcs

Best large fleet
Winner: Addison Lee
Runner-up: Ocado

Winner: GreenRoad Technologies
Runner-up: Modec

Grey fleet champion
Winner: VT Training
Runner-up: Arval

Business mileage champion
Winner: Environment Agency
Runner-up: Oldham Council

Smarter driving award
Winner: BMW
Runner-up: Masternaut Three X

Industry leadership
Winner: Green Tomato cars
Runner-up: Government Car and Despatch Agency

Organisation leadership
Winner: Commercial Group
Runner-up: Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust

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