WestOne Cars, a leading provider of private hire passenger car services, came runner up in the ‘Best Large Private Sector Fleet’ category at the Energy Saving Trust’s 2011 Fleet Hero Awards. The results were announced at an awards ceremony in London recently.
The Fleet Hero Awards, organised by the Energy Saving Trust, aim to find the country’s Fleet Heroes: organisations that have made a successful contribution to reducing their carbon footprint through their travel and transport policies over the last year; or have supplied products or services which help their customers reduce carbon emissions from their car and van fleets. For the ‘Best Private Sector Fleet’ category judges were looking for organisations that have implemented a broad range of measures across their fleet operations to help reduce emissions and improve efficiency.
WestOne impressed judges with details of its comprehensive environmental programme which has successfully achieved a 4.7% reduction in C02 emissions over the past two years. The ISO 14001:2004 accredited environmental programme has been implemented internally and externally and included; Green vehicles, Utilisation of fleet through GPS technology , Green driver training , Environmental analysis and reports for customers , Carbon offset programme , Internal green best practice eg. recycling, electronic communications and ‘green’ purchasing.
Amarjit Pall, Managing Director of WestOne Cars said: “At WestOne Cars we have always worked hard to ensure we are able to offer our customers an environmentally friendly option which enables them to meet their ‘green’ objectives but which doesn’t impact their bottom line. In today’s cost conscious environment it is vital that businesses are able to keep costs down. This focus on cost reduction could have a negative impact on the environmental developments the industry has made because, sometimes, they do come with a premium attached’
He added; “However, at WestOne we have always seen being green as part of our core offering and this continues to remain a key focus for the business. To us it just makes good business and moral sense. But it appears that this also, nearly, makes us heroes! It is good to know that the efforts we have made towards a cleaner and greener London have not gone unnoticed!”