Fife ECO stars 100th member

Fife Eco Stars 100th member

Fife Eco Stars 100th member

FIFE ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme has welcomed its 100th member – Dalgety Bay company AV Department Ltd (AVD).

ECO Stars is a free, voluntary scheme that encourages operators to run their vehicles in the most efficient way, reducing costs and emissions. The scheme is managed by Transport and Travel Research Ltd. on behalf of Fife Council.

Councillor John Wincott, Fife Council’s executive spokesperson for environment and transportation said: “We’re delighted to welcome AVD Ltd. as the 100th member of our ECO Stars Scheme.

“The scheme, which was launched 2 years ago, in October 2014, following investment from the Scottish Government, has one of the fastest growing membership rates of this scheme in the UK!

“Signing up to this free scheme provides tools and on-going support to all operators of vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches who are either based in Fife or operate regularly in the area to reduce costs and their environmental impact.

“Everyone benefits from cleaner air and the council is committed to doing everything it can to try to reduce air pollution.”

Mark Cavers, ECO Stars Manager Scotland said: “Reaching the 100th member milestone is a significant achievement for ECO Stars Fife and demonstrates the value of the scheme to local business.

“There are real benefits to joining the scheme, not only in terms of cost and fuel savings, but to the environment.

“One hundred fleet operators in Fife have recognised this and are profiting from the free advice and support – we look forward to welcoming more operators as scheme members and celebrating the next milestone.

Judith Kisby, Company Secretary at AVD Ltd added: “We went for the ECO Stars award because it’s a great way of showing our customers that we are committed to being an eco-friendly and ethical supplier.

“The ECO Stars process helped us to identify ways in which we could improve further, and we are currently investigating several ways to reduce our emissions and measure our progress.”

The Fife ECO Stars scheme is just one of a number of measures that we’re introducing to improve air quality in Fife. Others measures include:

  • increasing the Council’s stock of electric fleet vehicles;
  • introducing cost effective and innovative traffic management systems;
  • implementing behavioural initiatives that encourage walking and cycling in preference to the car; and
  • integrating air quality issues into the development control process.

Roy Stewart, Senior Manager, Protective Services said: “The Scottish Government has recognised our approach to tackling air quality issues as an example of best practice. We’re delighted to welcome AVD Ltd. on board.”

Joining ECO Stars is straightforward. Simply download an application form and guidance notes from www.fifedirect.org.uk/ecostars A member of the ECO Stars team can also visit and complete this with you if you prefer. Contact the ECO Stars team to have an informal chat or discuss ECO Stars in more detail by calling 01543 416416 or emailing ecostars@ttr-ltd.com

Photo caption:

Left to Right:  Judith Kisby (Company Secretary, AVD Ltd) Derek Welsh (Operations Director, AVD Ltd) Doug Harden (Technician, AVD Ltd) Roy Stewart, (Fife Council, Senior Manager (Protective Services), Paul Wilkison 

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