Z-Tech gets green award gong!

--- Fleet Hero Awards reveals 10 winners in its 11th year --- --- Award recognises efforts of companies to reduce fleet carbon footprint ---

Z-Tech Control Systems has triumphed in a prestigious contest to celebrate organisations which are leading the way in reducing their carbon footprint and fuel bills.

Z-Tech won the award for Best Business Sector Fleet at the Energy Saving Trust’s 11th annual Fleet Hero Awards in the London Transport Museum on 24th November 2016.

The organisation was praised for its sustained approach to vehicle management, embracing new technology and sharing good practice.

Luke Stanbridge, Z-Tech’s Head of Marketing and Communications said:

“Winning this award for the second year in a row is really fantastic, we’ve done more great things with our fleet in 2016, including our electric motorbike trial, and this award serves to show we are doing it right!”

The 2016 Fleet Hero Awards saw a higher standard of entries than ever before.

Other winners include Farmdrop, a to-your-door organic supermarket in London, which uses a fleet of electric vans to deliver groceries direct from the producers – be that fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat or dairy. It picked up the Ultra Low Emission Fleet award.

Meanwhile zero tailpipe emission couriers WEGO won the Fleet Hero Innovation Award jointly with InterCity RailFreight for their novel approach to reducing emissions in polluted city centres.

With depots in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield and London, WEGO’s fleet of electric vehicles and pushbikes helps to minimise air pollution in city centres. The first/last mile courier has partnered with InterCity RailFreight to consolidate deliveries across the country using high speed rail to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

The winners were:

Ultra Low Emission Fleet

Farmdrop

Grey Fleet Management:

Gateshead Council

Best Business Sector Fleet:

Z-Tech Control Systems

Best Public Sector Fleet:

West Yorkshire Police

Vehicle Manufacturer:

BMW

Fuel Efficient Driving:

Drive DeVililbiss Healthcare

Fleet Supplier:

Magenta Technology

Air Quality Initiative:

City of Bradford Council

Fleet Hero Innovation Award

WEGO and Intercity RailFreight

Unsung Fleet Hero:

John Gorton, Essex Police and Kent Police

 

Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said:

“Many congratulations to Z-Tech Control Systems for deservedly being recognised as a Fleet Hero.

“The entries were very competitive and it is very encouraging to see such a swell of new entrants this year.

“Such was the standard of entries that our judges had an extremely difficult time in picking our winners, demonstrating the significant progress the UK’s organisations, local authorities and companies are making in reducing the impact they make on our environment – all while reducing their fuel bills.”

Presented by Red Dwarf star, Scrapheap challenge host and motoring journalist, Robert Llewellyn, this year’s awards shortlist featured 31 entries from across the whole of the UK.

Among the winners, West Yorkshire Police, Z-Tech Control Systems and BMW have won previous Fleet Hero awards and were recognised again this year for their continued commitment to efficient vehicles and fleet management.

Meanwhile in winning the Air Quality Initiative, the City of Bradford Council has shown the importance of strong partnerships: working with academia, health and its local services to tackle air pollution in the city.

Mr Sellwood added: “It was terrific to hear of all the fantastic schemes that are happening across the country to reduce fleet running costs and emissions. It is equally encouraging to find a number of repeat winners in amongst those picking up awards for the first time, showing an ongoing commitment to change.

“By adopting such schemes, these organisations aren’t just setting an example for their own staff to follow, they are raising the bar for their partners and, indeed, their competitors to aspire to.

“As such, we’re looking forward to even more competition for next year’s Fleet Hero Awards.”

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