South Yorkshire's fleet recognition scheme ECO Stars is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month, marking the occasion with special awards to its first and latest members.
The free scheme, established in 2009, has grown to 11 schemes in the UK with a further six in Europe with almost 300 members in the UK. It encourages fleet operators of all sizes to improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and emissions to help improve local transport related air quality.
Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis and Councillor Roy Miller (Cabinet Spokesperson for Development, Environment & Culture for Barnsley Council) helped mark the occasion by presenting special awards to the first ECO Stars member, Clipper Logistics and the latest - and 75th member in South Yorkshire, Airmaster.
Airmaster Director Lisa Pogson said: “We are very committed to boosting our business performance as well as lowering our carbon emissions and impact on the local environment. ECO Stars has been invaluable to this process. We’ve learnt a lot already, and are extremely proud to become the 75th member of the scheme in South Yorkshire”.
Nigel Hinds, Clipper Logistics Operations Director said: “We are extremely proud to have been the first member to join ECO Stars in 2009. As a business we are conscious of our environmental impacts and strive to be as green as possible. Through this scheme we have been able to put in place best practice measures which will continue to reduce the impact we have on local air quality.”
Cllr Roy Miller, said: “The ECO Stars scheme has been a huge success in encouraging business to manage their fleets more efficiently and more effectively whilst helping to improve the air we breathe in the local area. This is serious work, and it shows the great things that can be achieved through genuine partnership."
ECO stars schemes across the UK are marking their own success, among them, Nottingham ECO Stars which has just signed up its 3000th vehicle from Nottingham City Council, just 10 months after officially launching.