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LowCVP names its Low Carbon Champions at annual awards

As the organisation celebrates 10 years of promoting low carbon transport, the LowCVP gave out its annual Low Carbon Champions Awards, with accolades going to Ford, Toyota and Transport for London (TfL) among others. Ford-one of the winners at the LowCVP Awards this year

Ford and TfL were given special anniversary accolades for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 years’.

Graham Smith, Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe was named the ‘Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport’.

The winners were announced at an anniversary ceremony held in Westminister, with support from the  Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The LowCVP Managing Director Andy Eastlake said about the Awards: “These Awards recognise best practice, and outstanding leadership and innovation in cutting carbon from vehicles and fuels from every angle. The judges had a tough time deciding on the category winners as the variety and calibre of the entries was higher than ever, which just reflects how the whole industry is rising to the challenge of low carbon mobility.”

The winner of the prestigious Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year went to Toyota. The judges said that Toyota has been a pioneer in low carbon mobility in the UK since the launch of the first Prius in 2000. It reasserted its position in 2012 by successfully introducing full hybrid technology into new segments to the extent that cars emitting less than 100g CO2/km now represent more than 30 per cent of Toyota and Lexus sales.

The new London Routemaster bus from Wrightbus-one of the winners of the 2012 LowCVP awards

The all new Routemaster bus or ‘New Bus for London’ provided Wrightbus with the ‘Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year Award’.

The judging panel comprised 28 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in this agenda. A total of 39 entries were shortlisted for awards.

One of the judges, Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “This year’s entrants demonstrate the commitment there is in this sector to shifting our vehicles and fuels towards low carbon. The award winners show that innovation and sustainability are areas that must be invested in by companies in order to succeed.”

The 2012 full list of winners:

Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport: Graham Smith – Managing Director Toyota Motor Europe London Office

Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 Years:  Ford Motor Company and Transport for London

2012 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME: Williams Hybrid Power with Go-Ahead Group and Controlled Power Technologies/Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium

2012 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report: International Energy Agency (Technology Roadmap/Policy Pathway)

Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year: Toyota (GB) PLC

Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year: Greenergy Fuels Ltd

Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year: Wrightbus with Transport for London – Winner

Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year: Charge Your Car (North) Ltd

Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year: Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd – Winner

Low CVP is a public/private partnership established in 2003 to take a lead in accelerating the shift to low-carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK and to help ensure that UK business can benefit from that shift.

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