Nottingham City Transport Wins Environmental Improvement Award

1 month ago Thu 18th Mar 2021

Nottingham City Transport is celebrating after winning the Environmental Improvement Award at The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Awards for Excellence last night (17th March 2021).

CILT Awards

The virtually held awards celebrated and honoured the very best individuals and organisations who have played an integral part in delivering logistics and transport during the last 12 months.

Following a record breaking £42m investment in low emission vehicles since 2017, the Environmental Improvement Award recognises NCT’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact, where fleet emissions have been reduced by 90% through operation of a full Euro VI compliant fleet.

100th bio gas bus

The £42m investment has seen 120 brand new, super-environmentally friendly bio-gas double deck buses introduced, the installation and expansion of a bio-gas fuelling station, an exhaust treatment system installed on 180 young diesels and 10 brand new Euro VI midi-buses enter service between 2017 and 2019.

Gary Mason, NCT’s Engineering Director said, “NCT operates one of the youngest and greenest bus fleets in the country and we are thrilled to pick up the Environmental Improvement Award. This recognises NCT’s significant fleet investment that has achieved a 90% reduction in fleet emissions and significantly improved Nottingham’s air quality”.

The delivery of NCT’s environmental improvement has been achieved through partnership with several organisations, including Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council who successfully secured £3m of funding from the DEFRA Clean Bus Technology Fund and supported NCT’s OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) bids.

Roadgas and Air Liquide have also been important partners, along with bus manufacturers Scania and Alexander Dennis (ADL) who helped develop the bio-gas double deck bus with NCT.

bus fitted with exhaust treatment system

Steve Gooding FCILT, President, CILT(UK), said, “This year, transport and logistics and its associated supply chains have been thrown into the global spotlight. At CILT, we know that many organisations and operators exemplify excellence throughout the sector, but do not receive the recognition they deserve. We wanted to take this opportunity to shine a light on those organisations, especially in the hardest of times.”

In addition to significant reductions in emissions, NCT has undertaken several projects that have reduced its environmental impact, including: installing a computerised energy management system; LED lighting; recycling 90% of its waste; fitting buses with ‘idling’ technology; and providing ‘safe and fuel efficient driving’ training to all drivers to minimise fuel use and reduce wear and tear.