Tuesday night saw the 4th annual Energy Saving Trust Fleet Heroes Awards take place. It’s an awards scheme that has really grown since it began back in 2006 with this year’s being the most successful date. We had over 100 applications from 74 different organisations across England – a 54 per cent rise compared to 2008. This is testament to the importance that organisations with fleets, and the motor industry themselves are placing on improving their green credentials, even in the face of difficult economic times.  And much is being achieved, car registration statistics show us that last year average car emissions fell over four per cent to 158g/km, and to September this year have fallen another five per cent. This is great news, yet more can and must be achieved by driving these increasingly efficient vehicles both more economically and less.


It is also clear that reducing emissions from road transport is something that the Government is taking seriously – demonstrated by the fact that the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Minister of State, Department of Transport delivered a keynote speech at the awards. During his speech the Minister made a very telling point, in reference to those organisations being honoured, which was “ultimately it is your efforts, and your innovation, that we rely on to translate policy into practice, and to turn legislation into low carbon delivery.”


We here – at the Energy Saving Trust – will continue to he this happen through our Green Fleet services, which many companies are now using.   More recently the Energy Saving Trust Green Fleet Review service has expanded over the border to Wales to offer companies there free fleet advice. We are already seeing a lot of interest and I am sure it will really take off over the coming year.


And finally I’d like to thank the judging panel, which included Julie Jenner: ACFO Chairman and Key Solutions Manager at GE Capital Solutions, Terry Slavin of the Guardian and William Brocklehurst, Senior Policy Advisor Climate Change at the CBI.


Detailed below is who won what on the night…



Best Public Sector Fleet 250 + vehicles

Winner    HMRC

Runner up – Islington Borough Council


Best Public Sector Fleet under 250 vehicles

Winner – Lake District National Park Authority

Runner up – Corby Borough Council


Best Private Sector Fleet 250 + vehicles  

Winner – Amey

Runner up – Rok


Best Private Sector Fleet under 250 vehicles   

Winner – Cumbria Seafoods


Grey Fleet Champion

Winner – West Sussex County Council

Runner up – Derbyshire County Council


Business Mileage Champion

Winner – E.ON

Runner up – HMRC


Industry Supplier Award   

Winner – BMW

Runner up – Green Motion


Innovation in Car and Van Manufacture    

Winner – Ford

Runner up – Citroen


Innovation in Service and Systems    

Winner – Leasdrive Velo

Runner up – Tom Tom


Smarter Driving Award  

Winner – Oxford City Council

Runner up – Hampshire Partnership Trust



Winner – Enviroment Agency

Runner up– Amey

DSC_0272Nigel Underdown – Head of Energy Saving Trust Transport Advice, the Energy Saving Trust fleet consultants and myself at the Fleet Hero Awards 2009

(From left to right: Tony Greig, Nigel Underdown, Helen Moore, David Nicholas, Philip Sellwood, Pete Lunt, Karl Anders)