LowCVP Champions Award winners point way to best practice 16 July 2010

Winners of the inaugural LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2010, announced yesterday at Twickenham Stadium, included: Iveco, Commercial Group, TfL London Bus Services, Greenergy International and Oxford YASA Motors.

Iveco and Commercial Group were joint winners of the Road Freight Award – Iveco for its natural gas-powered range, which spans 3.5 to 26 tonnes and includes the cleanest and greenest heavy truck available in the UK, and Commercial Group for its sustainable use of biodiesel by the entire van fleet, which has reduced fleet emissions by over 70% since 2006.

The Buses Award went to TfL London Bus Services for its low carbon bus programme, aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and eventually shifting to zero emission vehicles, through hydrogen powered fuel-cell technology. The judges described its initiative as "ground-breaking" and a "key enabler to the commercialisation of low carbon buses nationally".

Meanwhile, the Fuels Supplier or Retailer Award went to Greenergy, for sourcing biofuels with the best sustainability and supplying one third of all biofuels in the UK. Runner up was Gasrec, for its well known biomethane production.

Oxford YASA Motors won the Low Carbon Innovation Award for its electric motor developed with Delta Motorsport, which, the judges said, demonstrates "an outstanding torque-to-weight ratio, offering weight-saving benefits to electric and hybrid vehicles".

The Low Carbon Champions Awards, organised by LowCVP (the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) are aimed at "recognising best practice among vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators and developers of products and services that reduce greenhouse gases".

Greg Archer, managing director of LowCVP, says: "These Awards define excellence and innovation, identifying the leaders in accelerating the shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels. The quality of the entries was exceptional and demonstrates the vibrancy of UK businesses and organisations in striving to create new markets for lower carbon vehicles."

Brian Tinham

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