Top rating for 50th ECO Stars member, Greenergy Flexigrid

Flexigrid truckThe Thurrock ECO Stars fleet recognition scheme is celebrating its 50th member with the sign up of Greenergy Flexigrid, who has been awarded a top rating of five stars.

The ECO Stars (Efficient and Cleaner Operations) scheme was first launched by Travel Thurrock in April 2012 to encourage fleet operators to improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and emissions – all to help improve local air quality. Since then more than 2000 vehicles have been signed up to the scheme with each member receiving a star rating for their fleet.

Greenergy is the UK’s largest supplier of road fuel and third largest private company in UK, supplying over a quarter of all road fuel sold. Flexigrid is Greenergy’s in-house haulage fleet with 101 trucks nationally and 15 driver depots throughout the UK, the largest of which is based in Thurrock.

Ross Monkhouse, fleet asset manager for Greenergy Flexigrid, said: “We are proud to have been awarded five stars – the highest ranking – under the Eco Stars recognition scheme for our commitment to maximising fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions through the introduction of new trucks and technology to monitor fuel usage.”

Thurrock is part of the Thames Gateway national growth area with the potential for increased traffic growth and C02 emissions from freight transport. For this reason Travel Thurrock adopted sustainable freight as a core element of its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programme.

Cllr Andy Smith, responsible for Thurrock Council’s regeneration, highways and transportation, said:  “We are delighted to reach this milestone in a little under three years. Our roadmap to improve transport performance and reduce costs and carbon emissions is providing a better environment for our community.”

ECO Stars was originally set up in 2009 in South Yorkshire and has since expanded to run in York, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Mid Devon, Nottinghamshire, Dundee, North Lanarkshire, Warrington, Sefton, Thurrock, Fife and South Lanarkshire. There are also further schemes in Europe as part of an EU project.

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