Leading retail and high value logistics specialist, Clipper, has been honoured with a special award highlighting the company’s continued involvement with the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition scheme, designed to encourage environmentally friendly businesses.
The scheme, inaugurated in 2009, is designed to recognise companies by taking into account factors such as operational efficiency as well as reduction of vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.
Clipper was the first business to sign up to the scheme, which has now been rolled out to regions across the UK, and representatives were invited to speak at a 5th anniversary ceremony. MP for Barnsley Central, Dan Jarvis and Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environmental Services at Barnsley MBC also spoke at the event and presented the awards.
Leeds based Clipper holds ECO Stars ratings, of either four or five stars, in all areas the scheme operates in, and are about to sign up to the newest area, in Warrington. The schemes are put in place by local authorities across the country, from Dundee to Devon. Across the UK, ECO Stars has signed up almost 300 members, which equates to almost 20,000 vehicles.
Nigel Hinds, Operations Director at Clipper, said: “Clipper has always been a forward thinking business and we recognise our commitment to the environments in which we operate. We’re honoured to have been involved with the ECO Stars accreditation scheme for five years now and we continue to commit to environmental responsibility across our sites and operations. ECO Stars is a fantastic scheme, endorsed by local government areas and has gone from strength to strength in recent years, expanding into the EU region, which is testament to its success.”
ECO Stars Scheme Manager Ann Beddoes said: “We’re delighted that Clipper have been involved in the scheme from the very beginning and we felt it was fitting we bring them back to help us celebrate the on-going success story of the scheme. They were joined by our newest member, which now brings the total to 75 businesses in South Yorkshire. The scheme is an opportunity for the best businesses to celebrate their environmental record and commit to a continual improvement process. Clipper hold the highest category of award – five stars – in South Yorkshire, and are an example for others to follow.”
As a business, Clipper is well known for a range of environmentally sustainable projects and initiatives, and have received a number of environmental awards for their commitment to reducing carbon emissions.