Ambulance service wins green awards

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THE health trust in charge of the region’s ambulance fleet has won an award in recognition of its dedication and commitment to carbon reduction.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust won runner-up in the Best Public Sector Fleet – large – category of the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards.

The award acknowledges the organisation’s efforts to address climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

The service demonstrated good environmental fleet management, promotion of low-carbon driving and investment in a more fuel-efficient and ecological fleet.

Alexis Keech, environmental and sustainability manager, said the trust would continue to try to reduce spending on fuel and become greener.

He said: “With a fleet which covers about 16 million miles and uses 4.3 million litres of fuel a year, the impact on the environment is a high priority and the challenge to reduce carbon emissions is huge.

“To help reduce fuel consumption and reduce the carbon footprint, we have taught our staff eco-driving techniques and are looking at purchasing frontline vehicles which are more efficient.”