The ECO (Efficient and Cleaner Operations) Stars scheme, which recognises fleets’ environmental achievements is now operating in South Yorkshire, Mid-Devon, Gedling (Nottinghamshire), Thurrock, Edinburgh and Falkirk.
The scheme is aimed at HGV, LGV, bus and coach fleet operators and is free to join.
More areas are expected to join the scheme in the coming months.
Each new member is provided with a ‘road map’ action plan to help them progress to higher ratings levels.
Advice is offered on fuel management, developing driver skills, vehicle specification and maintenance, use of IT support systems and fleet performance monitoring.
ECO Stars claims new members could cut their costs by up to £2,300 per vehicles.
Change to assessment criteria
The assessment criteria is being changed in light of the upcoming Euro VI standard. Changes include:
- Extending the star rating upwards to give coverage to newest technologies (Euro VI) by the scheme; and
- Increasing the minimum standard necessary to receive recognition for individual vehicles while still welcoming operators of older vehicles into the scheme and rewarding emission reduction or operational efficiencies applied to their vehicles.
Existing members affected by the improved assessment criteria keep their current star rating for their vehicles and overall operation for a defined period of time (i.e. they receive ‘grandfather’ rights).