Example of Excellence by Manchester Fire

Published:  06 July, 2011

Holistic approach to CO2 emissions results in public recognition.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue has scooped the overall Example of Excellence prize in the ways2work Award category in association with the National Business Travel Network, as part of Business in the Community’s 2011 Awards for Excellence yesterday. The event was hosted by comedian Jack Dee and BBC broadcast presenter Mishal Hussain at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have taken a holistic approach to fleet management by reducing direct and embedded CO2 emissions at all stages in the vehicle lifecycle, from construction to day-to-day use and final disposal.  Over 2009/10 the measured cost savings for the 5 network members reached £786,020 - with a reduction in CO2 emissions of 7,900 tonnes.

Now in its 14th year, the Awards for Excellence is a prestigious annual showcase of the UK’s best responsible businesses in action. The Awards highlight the best examples of the positive impact businesses are having in the environment, amongst their employees, through the supply chains and in the local communities in which they operate. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue accepted the award in front of a packed audience of over 1,000 high profile business leaders.

 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Fire Officer / Chief Executive, Steve McGuirk CBE said: “The public have told us that sustainability is an important issue to them and we have embedded sustainable principles throughout the delivery of our service. Greening our travel has been just one element of this activity, which had not only helped us to make significant savings to the cost of our service, but has also lead to significant innovations in our appliance design and seen over 20% of our staff regularly cycling to work.”

Dr Iarla Kilbane-Dawe, independent consultant and chair of the judging panel 2011 said: “GMFS demonstrated outstanding innovation and commitment to a holistic, whole of life approach to sustainability and to reducing travel as far as possible within the scope of their service. They achieved this by constantly challenging accepted norms, approaches and technologies and developing creative solutions. The award is given in the expectation that other organisations can learn from their outstanding example.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said: “Each year the Awards for Excellence showcases the most inspiring and impactful examples of corporate responsibility in action. Each of our winners displays a genuine commitment to continually improve their business practices and transform the communities in which they operate and do business. Our winners should be proud of their achievements particularly in these challenging times. They are taking a genuine stand to prove that doing business and doing good are not mutually exclusive concerns. We hope that by sharing their stories and successes, other companies will be challenged to place responsible business at the heart of their operation.”

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