An international clean-air campaign has applauded Menzies Distribution for its success in operating an efficient commercial vehicle fleet and reducing carbon emissions across the business.
The Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which operates in seven cities across Europe, identifies environmentally friendly fleets using a star rating system and judges members of the programme on criteria including driver training, vehicle specification and fuel management procedures.
After analysing Menzies Distribution’s individual vehicles and fleet management processes, the Eco Stars schemes of South Yorkshire and Edinburgh have awarded the wholesaler’s fleet three and four stars respectively.
Menzies Distribution’s Transport and Logistics Manager, Allan Hughes, said he was pleased with the results, and now plans to work with Eco Stars to further improve efficiencies and achieve a five-star rating – the highest mark awarded by the scheme.
“We have worked with a number of different groups to achieve our targets on carbon reduction and we are delighted to have received three stars from the Eco Stars scheme of South Yorkshire and four stars from the Edinburgh scheme,” said Hughes. “We will continue to work closely with both teams to ensure our operations are as efficient as possible.”
Menzies Distribution, which operates a total of 550 delivery vehicles across the UK, has been reducing its carbon emissions for a number of years and in 2011 reached its target of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 per cent over 10 years. The wholesaler also achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in 2009, which was renewed last year as a result of its ongoing commitment to reducing the business’ environmental impact.