East Lothian Council joins Eco Stars
Published Wednesday 8th March 17
East Lothian Council is working with local commercial fleet operators in a new scheme that will improve air quality and help combat air pollution.
The scheme was launched last month with award presentations to inaugural members which included East Coast Buses, Eve Coaches, Viridor, Eagle Couriers, LAMH Recycle Limited and 7Plus7.
The ECO Stars scheme encourages and supports operators of HGVs, vans, buses and coaches to run their fleets more efficiently. ECO Stars fleet experts assess each fleet, award a star rating based on current performance and produce a ‘roadmap’ of recommendations which will help operators to reduce vehicle emissions while also reducing operating costs. Membership is free to all fleet operators, irrespective of the size of their operation.
In November 2013 East Lothian Council declared an Air Quality Management Area for Musselburgh High Street due to exceedence of the Annual Mean Air Quality Objective for nitrogen dioxide. The main source of this pollutant is from road traffic. As a consequence of this the Council is obliged to prepare an Air Quality Action Plan which outlines the measures the Council intends to take to reduce pollutant concentrations to within Objective levels. One of the fundamental measures contained within the Action Plan is the adoption of the ECO Stars scheme in East Lothian.
Not only is it hoped that participation in the scheme will raise awareness amongst fleet operators of impacts of vehicle emissions upon the Environment and human health, it is believed that by participating in the scheme it will encourage and help fleet operators to run their vehicles in the most efficient and green way.
The Council has a vision for East Lothian and we want it to be a prosperous, safe and sustainable place, with a dynamic and thriving economy that will allow our people and communities to flourish. An integral part of this vision is to provide a safe and clean environment that will allow our economy, communities and the capacity of our council to grow.
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