The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced the winners of the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2012 , coinciding with the celebration of its 10 year anniversary.
Special awards were presented to two organisations – one public sector and one private – for their endeavours to cut carbon emissions from UK road transport over the last decade.
Ford Motor Company Ltd and Transport for London (TfL) were awarded with special anniversary accolades for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 years’.
Graham Smith, Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, was named the ‘Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport’.
The winners were announced at the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards which followed the Partnership’s 10th anniversary celebration at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster. The events were held with the support of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The LowCVP Managing Director Andy Eastlake said about the Awards: “These Awards recognise best practice, and outstanding leadership and innovation in cutting carbon from vehicles and fuels from every angle. The judges had a tough time deciding on the category winners as the variety and calibre of the entries was higher than ever, which just reflects how the whole industry is rising to the challenge of low carbon mobility.”
The winner of the prestigious Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year went to Toyota (GB) Plc. The judges said that Toyota has been a pioneer in low carbon mobility in the UK since the launch of the first Prius in 2000. It reasserted its position in 2012 by successfully introducing full hybrid technology into new segments to the extent that cars emitting less than 100g/km CO2 now represent more than 30% of Toyota and Lexus sales.
The stunning all new Routemaster bus or ‘New Bus for London’ provided Wrightbus with the ‘Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year Award’.
The judging panel comprised 28 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in this agenda. A total of 39 entries were shortlisted for awards.
One of the judges, Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “This year’s entrants demonstrate the commitment there is in this sector to shifting our vehicles and fuels towards low carbon. The award winners show that innovation and sustainability are areas that must be invested in by companies in order to succeed.”
All the winners of the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2012
Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport
Graham Smith – Managing Director Toyota Motor Europe London Office
Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 Years – Joint Winners
Ford Motor Company Limited
Transport for London
2012 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME – Joint Winners
Williams Hybrid Power with Go-Ahead Group
Controlled Power Technologies/Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium
2012 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report
International Energy Agency (Technology Roadmap/Policy Pathway)
Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year
Toyota (GB) PLC
Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year
Greenergy Fuels Ltd – Winner
BP Biofuels – Runner-Up
Air Fuel Synthesis Limited – Highly Commended
Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year
Wrightbus – Winner
The Hardstaff Group – Runner-Up
Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year
Charge Your Car (North) Ltd
Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year
Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd – Winner
John Lewis Partnership Commercial Vehicle Fleet – Runner-Up
Howard Tenens Associates Ltd – Highly Commended
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