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CitySprint Named as TfL Private Sector ?Capital Fleet of the Year? at the 2007 Green Fleet Awards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 September 2007

CitySprint scooped the top prize in the Transport for London (TfL) private sector ‘Capital Fleet of the Year’ award at the 2007 GreenFleet Awards. CitySprint beat off stiff competition from the other two finalists, Tesco.com and Green Tomatoes.

The Green Fleet Awards comprised a number of elements. The first being the Green Fleet Fuel Challenge which took place on the 26th July and featured public and private sector fleets competing to demonstrate who’s the cleanest and greenest in and around London.  Each participant set off on a grueling 30-mile trip across London in rush hour traffic and had to stop off and register at four checkpoints across town before finally finishing at Guildhall Yard. 

Due to the local knowledge of the CitySprint courier who took part the challenge, CitySprint completed the route in the fastest time. However, the aim of the event was not simply to complete the route in the fastest time but to complete it using minimum carbon emissions. Once again CitySprint was victorious! This accounted for 20 per cent of the total marks.

The Green Fleet Awards took place yesterday (September 6th 2007) and accounted for the final 80 per cent of the marks. CitySprint, along with the other two finalists had to make a seven minute presentation live of stage in front of an X-Factor style panel of judges. The audience also had the chance to cast their votes electronically. The judges awarded 60 per cent and the audience votes accounted for the final 20 per cent.

CitySprint’s environmental programme is all encompassing. The fact that it touches all areas of the business was commented on by the judges and CitySprint believes it was this which enabled them to claim this coveted prize.  In addition the judges commented on the innovative way CitySprint has approached its environmental programme by thinking creatively. In particular they were very impressed with CitySprint’s use of human powered vehicles and foot messengers which are, of course, carbon free.

CitySprint has developed a comprehensive internal environmental programme which has been accredited with the internationally recognised ISO 14001:2004 which is a voluntary initiative aimed at improving environmental performance.  CitySprint’s environmental programme also received industry recognition in June 2007 when CitySprint won the 2007 International Freighting Weekly (IFW) Environment Award.

As a business which utilises many vehicles CitySprint recognises that its business practices have an impact on the environment and it was recognition of this which motivated its external environmental programme.  CitySprint continuously seeks and actively reviews new technologies and environmentally friendly vehicle options as they come to market and was the first UK courier company to introduce the zero emission electric motorbike to its fleet. CitySprint has a fleet of low-emission Smart Cars and a number of LPG vehicles within its London van fleet. CitySprint is also actively increasing the proportion of other electric, gas, hybrid and zero emission vehicles that it already has.  As a non-asset owing company CitySprint has the benefit of being able to introduce new environmentally friendly vehicles, such as the electric motorbike, the moment they become available.

In addition to alternative vehicles, CitySprint offers customers a carbon neutral delivery option with its pushbike service. CitySprint currently has the largest pushbike fleet in London and uses cycle couriers in other areas outside London. CitySprint recommends this environmentally friendly method of delivery to customers whenever appropriate.

CitySprint has also been looking at alternative fuel options and has been selected by the Environment Agency to take part in a Biodiesel trial. It is expected that the use of this alternative fuel will reduce carbon emissions by up to 20%. The project aims to assess the commercial viability of a fuel alternative which can be used by the courier industry and, in fact, across all fleets.

CitySprint’s environmental programme has been developed with customer at front of mind and can provide each of its customers with a comprehensive report which details the amount of carbon it is producing through its courier deliveries.  CitySprint then uses this information to detail how opting for alternative, yet suitable, delivery methods could help reduce that burden – such as using a pushbike in Central London instead of a motorbike. The programme also allows customers to choose to have a retrospective surcharge applied to those jobs that use a carbon producing vehicle via CitySprint’s Environmental Support Fund.  Any monies generated are then invested by CitySprint with an approved Carbon Offset Company.

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