Case studies

2017 winners

Cross River Partnership

Cross River Partnership is a public-private partnership that has been delivering regeneration projects in London since 1994.

The Partnership has approached the air quality issue through a wide-reaching engagement campaign at an individual, local and business level. Their approach includes initiatives such as encouraging parcel consolidation and tips for choosing walking routes with less exposure to air pollution.

Project Manager Brendon Harper tells us more about what winning the Clean Air Award at Fleet Heroes Awards & Conference in 2017 meant to Cross River Partnership.

Why did you apply?

Cross River Partnership applied to the Fleet Heroes Awards to help showcase the wide range of action we are taking with and alongside our partners to improve air quality.


How do you feel about winning?

We were thrilled! Winning the Clean Air Award at Fleet Heroes Awards & Conference 2017 was fantastic recognition for all of our public and private sector partners’ work to reduce emissions from deliveries and travel.


What difference has winning this award made to your organisation and the work you do?

The Clean Air Award supported Cross River Partnership's reputation as experts in air quality, deliveries and servicing, helping secure additional engagement and funding for our business-facing programmes.


What do you think are current issues within the fleet world that need to be addressed?

The Mayor of London’s impending Ultra-Low Emission Zone is steering fleet operators towards cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Beyond that, the Mayor has set a goal to reduce the number of delivery and servicing vehicles entering central London at morning peak times by 10% by 2026. This will required sustained action by fleet operators, businesses and the public sector, and Cross River Partnership is proud to be continuing to work across these sectors to achieve this.  


University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham adopted a coordinated approach to tackling travel impacts and managed to meet their carbon footprint reduction target 4 years ahead of time. 28% of their fleet now consists of alternative fuel vehicles, winning them the Best Public Sector Fleet award at Fleet Heroes Awards & Conference 2017.

Monica Guise, Post, Portering & Transport Services Manager, gives us an insight into how other fleets can start to make their own emission-reducing changes.

What made you to apply for the Fleet Heroes Awards?

The Fleet Heroes Awards are unique as they are organised by Energy Saving Trust in partnership with Department of Transport, and therefore hold a huge amount of respect across the industry.


What did winning a Fleet Heroes Award mean to the organisation?

It was a clear recognition of our contribution to the industry and enabled us to showcase our achievements within the higher education sector: a recognisable brand that holds respect across all industries.


How has winning a Fleet Heroes Award helped or impacted your work in the past year?

It has certainly given us an increased profile both within the industry, but more importantly within the organisation.


What advice would you give to those who have recently started making changes in their fleets to help reduce emissions and save fuel?

Firstly, analyse your current data to understand the overall position. Take a holistic approach to all transport and travel of your organisation. Recognise there will be some ‘quick wins’ but work towards long-term realistic targets.


For those who are thinking of applying, what would you recommend they include in their application?

Be concise and focus on hard statistics which demonstrate a reduction in emissions or impact on air quality.


What are current issues within the transport sector that need addressing?

Electric charging points and infrastructure. There has been substantial progression within vehicle manufacturing, but this needs to be matched with the infrastructure in order for it to work.


Z-Tech Control

Z-Tech Control has been awarded the Best Business Sector Fleet award every year since 2015, reflecting their rapid fleet expansion and introduction of vehicle technology.

As an organisation, they provide intelligent engineering solutions for water utilities, power and rail, and have set an ambitious CO2 reduction target of 15%.

Commercial Director  Luke Stanbridge tells us more about what winning these awards meant to Z-Tech Control Systems.

Why did you apply for these awards?

We have been working with Energy Saving Trust since 2009, they are THE organisation to work with regarding green fleet issues and assist greatly with fleet development – to win an award from EST really proves the company is heading in the right direction. The award has national credibility and recognition.


How did you feel about winning these awards?

We have been delighted to win three consecutive ‘Best Business Sector Fleet’ awards with EST, it’s had a motivating effect on the whole workforce who have undertaken a wide range of development activities in order to secure these awards.


What difference has winning this award made to your organisation and the work you do?

We have consistently pushed the boundaries with fleet and winning this award has really helped boost our developments. We are more easily able to get buy in from our employees and they see us as a company who is striving for improvements.


What do you think are current issues/topics within the Fleet world that need addressing?

There needs to be a greater understanding of the role of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and continued communication on updates in electric vehicles (EVs).

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