THE region’s ambulance service has been awarded for its environmentally-friendly work.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been rewarded for its commitment and dedication to reducing carbon emissions.
The trust has just won the Leadership Award at the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero 2011 Awards.
Alexis Keech, environmental and sustainability manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, helped the trust to become the first ambulance service in the UK to participate in the Carbon Trust Carbon Management Programme.
She said: “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 are looking at purchasing frontline vehicles which are more economical and efficient.”
The awards highlight public and private organisations which are successfully reducing their carbon footprints and lowering their fuel bills.
The YAS has a fleet of almost 1,500 vehicles which cover over 25m miles per year. The trust says it has identified the potential to reduce the carbon emissions of its fleet by at least 30%.