BMW was announced as the overall winner of the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards at a packed gala dinner hosted by Cenex-LCV in Milton Keynes last night.
The BMW Group was awarded the ‘Grand Prix’ award for Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (winner of winners) in a celebration hosted by TV personality Robert Llewellyn. Professor Dame Julia King, author of the seminal ‘King Review of Low Carbon Cars’, was recognised with a special award for outstanding individual achievement.
Best known for his role as Kryten in BBC’s Red Dwarf and presenting Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge, Robert Llewellyn was Master of Ceremonies, presenting the Awards with nearly 300 industry peers and low carbon transport stakeholders in attendance.
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, as well as through other means.
“This year we had more, and higher quality, entries than ever before showing just how far and fast the whole low carbon road transport industry is now progressing, and how many individual stakeholders are contributing to the change.”
BMW was the winner of the prestigious Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year. The entry impressed the judges as it showed the company’s commitment to a visionary new approach to sustainable mobility and also to cutting the environmental impacts of production. The ‘i’ range of vehicles bring Ultra Low Emission Vehicles to a wider range of customers than ever before.
BYD Europe B.V. was the winner of the Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year Award. The judges said that the vehicles introduced have demonstrated impressive carbon saving through their innovative electric powertrain systems and, moreover, provide a compelling business case with high market growth potential.
The judging panel comprised 22 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in the low carbon road transport agenda. Around 25 entries were shortlisted for awards.
One of the judges, Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: “The road transport sector has been a real success story in terms of cutting carbon as well as delivering growth and dynamism to the UK economy. I was delighted to play a part in celebrating the successes of the entrants to these awards who are making an important contribution to current, and future, UK economic success.”
Full list of awards
‘Grand Prix Award’: Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (Winner of winners)
Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport
Professor Dame Julia King
Low Carbon Car /Van Manufacturer of the Year
BMW Group – Winner
Tesla Motors Ltd – Runner up
Nissan Motor GB – Highly commended
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK – Highly commended
Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year
BYD Europe B.V. – Winner
Iveco UK Ltd – Highly commended
Wrightbus – Highly commended
Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year
Reading Buses – Winner
Tesco – Runner up
Eddie Stobart Ltd – Highly Commended
Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year
Gasrec Ltd – Winner
Commercial Group and the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) – Runner Up
Gas Bus Alliance – Highly Commended
2014 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME
Celtic Renewables Ltd – Winner
Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year (Joint Winners)
Eco Travel Network (ETN) – joint winners
Transport & Environment (T&E) – joint winners
Milton Keynes Council – Highly Commended
2014 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report
Cambridge Econometrics – Winner
Electric Vehicles Inititaive (EVI) and International Energy Agency (IEA) – Highly commended
Transport & Environment with Malcolm Fergusson – Highly commended