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Ambulance Fleet Manager Wins Green Award

05 January 2011

A senior manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has won a top award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to carbon reduction at the organisation. 

Mick Farmer, Assistant Director of Fleet, scooped the award at the Green Fleet Awards at the Emirates Stadium in London in October 2010 to be named Public Service Fleet Manager of the Year.

In charge of a fleet which covers about 4.3 million miles per year, Mick impressed the judges with his commitment to good environmental fleet management, promoting low-carbon driving and investing in a more fuel-efficient and ecological fleet.

Awards host TV comedian Rufus Hound (left) and Richard Lowdon (right), founder and Managing Director of Green Motion Vehicle Rental, present the award to Mick Farmer (centre). 

Mick has also led the Trust to be the first ambulance service in the UK to participate in the Carbon Trust Carbon Management Programme and is actively working to reduce spending on fuel and reduce the carbon footprint of the Trust by 30% by 2015.

Mick said: “I am delighted to have won this award on behalf of everyone at the organisation and I would like to thank them for helping to make the initiatives we have implemented so far so successful. 

“Due to the nature of the work of our service, the impact on the environment is a high priority and the challenge to reduce carbon emissions is huge.

“So far, in a bid to help reduce fuel consumption and, in turn, reduce the carbon footprint of the Trust, we have taught our staff eco-driving techniques and purchased frontline vehicles which are more economical and efficient. However, we will continue to find ways of reducing public spending on fuel and of becoming a greener, more efficient organisation.”

The 2010 GreenFleet Awards, now in its 12th year, are handed out across a range of categories relating to green motoring and low-carbon efforts. For further information on the Green Fleet Awards, go to http://www.greenfleetawards.co.uk/

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