The ECO Stars fleet recognition initiative, which has local schemes set up in Greater Manchester, Warrington and Sefton, could help operators save over £2,000 per vehicle through fuel efficiency.
The ECO Stars scheme was first launched in Yorkshire in 2009 and now operates in 16 locations across the UK, as well as several cities in Europe.
It aims to encourage fleet operators of all sizes to become more fuel efficient by providing recognition, guidance and tailored advice on best practice. To date, the initiative has more than 200 members and 14,000 vehicles.
In the north west, local schemes exist in Warrington and Sefton, with a new scheme now opening for Greater Manchester businesses.
The move will help to tackle the ongoing urban air pollution issues faced by the city region, with new measures set to be put in place as part of national efforts to gain compliance with EU air pollution limits.
Any operator of vans, trucks, buses or coaches which is based in or regularly operates in the three areas can access the ECO Stars scheme for free. Fleets can be of any size, from just one vehicle upwards.
On joining, members have their fleet audited by industry experts. The auditors assess each member's current operational and environmental performance and then, based on their findings, produce a bespoke ‘road map’ with recommendations and guidance on improving efficiency.
According to ECO Stars, a typical commercial vehicle operator could expect to reduce fuel consumption by at least five per cent in the first year and could save up to £2,300 per vehicle (based on 80,000 miles per year of diesel).
The advice can also help to reduce vehicle emissions. A typical LGV could see its annual output of CO2e fall by six tonnes a year – helping to reduce environmental impact and improve corporate reputation.
The scheme is free to join, with no formal audit process. For further information, call 01543 416416 or visit the ECO Stars website.