The South Yorkshire based ECO Stars scheme has been shortlisted for the Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year at the prestigious Low Carbon Champions Awards.

The ECO Stars scheme is free to local businesses and aims to encourage all sizes of operators of van, truck, bus or coach fleets to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and as a result reduce carbon, oxides of nitrogen gas (NOx) and particulate emissions. It also provides the tools and ongoing support for operators to reduce operating costs and a typical HGV operator could expect to reduce fuel consumption by a minimum of 5% in the first year.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year Award. This scheme from South Yorkshire has made such a significant contribution to improving local air quality issues both across the UK and Europe and its success can be demonstrated by the 400 members covering a total of 30,500 vehicles.”

Ann Beddoes, ECO Stars Scheme Manager said, “I am extremely proud that ECO Stars has been shortlisted for this award. The scheme has gone from strength to strength since 2009 and has even now broadened its remit to include a scheme for taxis and private hire vehicles.  It’s encouraging to see so many fleet operators committed to improving the efficiency of their fleet and environmental impact and working hard to help tackle the serious issue of air pollution.”

The ECO Stars scheme is part-funded through the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), and delivered locally through the Inmotion! team, which helps businesses to make better use of travel time, reduce fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, and encourages more environmentally-friendly and healthier ways of getting to work.

The Inmotion! partnership is made up of representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four South Yorkshire local authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

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