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Monday, June 30, 2008

Government Transports Agency commended by international 'green' award judges

Issued On Behalf Of the Government Car and Despatch Agency

The agency which keeps Britain's government on the road is celebrating an outstanding performance in the first European wide Green Fleet Awards.

The Government Car Transport and Despatch Agency's manager Ben Davis was the only UK entrant commended by judges of the public sector European Fleet Manager of the Year award.

At the ceremony in Brussels earlier this month (June) the agency was also among seven public service organizations from across the EC whose efforts to cut both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions earned them a place among the runners-up for the prestigious title of European Public Sector Fleet of the Year.

"We have always known we had a good story to tell in the UK but it was great to see how our work to minimize our impact on the environment compared to that of our European peers," said agency fleet manager Ben Davis.

In just over three years the Government Car and Despatch Agency - GCDA - has transformed its 172-strong pool of government vehicles into one of the greenest car fleets anywhere in the UK. It has doubled the number of low-emission diesel cars it runs but, most impressively, 60 percent of its cars are now 'cleaner' hybrid/LPG models.

In January 2005, almost eight out of every 10 of its cars ran on petrol. By March this year petrol-driven cars had been cut to 16 percent of the fleet - fewer than two in ten. The average engine size of the fleet has also been reduced to 1741cc from 2247cc four years ago.

With the environment the biggest issue on the British Government's agenda, GCDA's programme to make its operation greener and cleaner is a carbon emissions success story.

The agency's tailpipe emissions have been cut by more than a third, from 232.03g CO2/km in 2004/5 to 145 .17g CO2/km in 2007/8. The GCDA is already within striking distance of the government's own deadline of a maximum of 130g CO2/km emissions by 2012 - it already achieves this target on all newly-purchased cars - and the Cabinet Office has cited the agency as an example of best practice.

GCDA Chief Executive Roy Burke said: "We have done a lot of work on 'greening' the fleet over the past two years and I am delighted that our achievements have been recognized in this way. We were able to take representatives to the awards ceremony from most parts of the Agency involved in this continuing project. Congratulations to all concerned - we can rightly be proud of our achievements."


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