100th ECO Star

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AN ENERGY efficiency scheme for HGVs, buses, coaches and vans that aims to improve effectiveness and reduce air pollution has welcomed its 100th member.

Dundee City Council’s ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme saluted Harry Lawson Ltd at a special ceremony in City Square today (Tuesday).

Alan Ross, convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee was on hand to present Michael Lawson from the company with their membership certificate recognising the firm’s environmental credentials.

Cllr Ross said: “It’s great that in just over three years from a standing start we are now presenting this award to the 100th member of ECO Stars Dundee.

“It’s a fantastic achievement that highlights the commitment of the fleet operators in the city to working in partnership with us to improve the environmental performance of their vehicles and as a direct result to improve local air quality.

“We have tough air quality targets to meet in the next few years so we need the freight and transport operators who work and live in our communities to continue to keep up the effort and to support us in encouraging others to join the scheme to help us protect the health of future generations.”

Eco Stars was brought to Dundee in December 2013 after being successfully launched and operated in South Yorkshire.

The scheme provides tools and on-going support for fleet operators to reduce costs and impact on the environment, as well as contributing to the council’s drive to reduce air pollution.

Members of the scheme receive access to independent fleet specialist advice, including an assessment on each of their vehicles by an industry expert and an overview of the way their assets are managed.

This process leads to a star rating between one and five, with members also receiving tailored guidance on measures to take to increase their star rating and continue to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Harry Lawson Transport Ltd, who achieved four star membership, started operations in 1945 as a local carrier service between Dundee and Carnoustie.

Receiving his certificate Michael Lawson said: “We are delighted to reach the milestone of being the 100th member in the Dundee area and achieve a four star rating. ECO Stars is a great opportunity for operators to gain access to free confidential advice and improve fleet efficiency.

“The impact our business has on the environment is something that we take very seriously, and by joining this scheme we will ensure air quality remains one of our top priorities."

Dundee City Council launched the ECO stars scheme in December 2013 following investment from the Scottish Government.

It is one of a number of initiatives the council and its partners have in place to improve air quality. Others include increasing the council’s electric vehicle fleet, monitoring known areas of concern, the introduction of hybrid low emission buses and active travel projects in schools.

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