Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council - the local authority which pioneered the green agenda in Britain in the 1980s - is introducing a new scheme in the borough to help cut vehicle emissions.
Members of Sutton’s business community are being urged to sign their vehicles up to a free scheme which provides advice and guidance for making improvements and offers recognition for best practice. Members are awarded an ECO Star rating when they first join - ranging from 1 Star to 5 Stars - based on an assessment of their current operational and environmental performance.
The scheme, which is being run jointly with Croydon Council, aims to help fleet operators improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption, cut exhaust emissions and make cost savings.
Sutton Council has led the way by signing its own vehicles up and is promoting the scheme as part of its One Planet Sutton environment commitments to achieve more sustainable living in the borough.
Among the first HGV and van operators to sign up to the Eco Stars scheme is the family-run company PF Whitehead Transport Services based in Beddington. Other borough companies which have committed themselves are Expert Logistics, ASDA and Royal Mail.
The scheme will run for two years and the council will then evaluate its success. If enough vehicle fleets are on board, the council will seek further funding to expand the Eco Stars programme.
Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, said: “I am very proud that local firms are making such positive decisions about improving our air quality because this is vital for everyone’s health. But reducing emissions makes good business sense because it actually increases efficiency and profits.”
The council leader urged other local businesses to become involved in the scheme, and pledged council support in their efforts.