[messengers] Digbeth cycle courier firm scoops low carbon prize

Date: 6 Jul 2010 13:17:59 +0200
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>


Digbeth cycle courier firm scoops low carbon prize

 

 

Birmingham
Post, July 5 2010

 

 By Anna Blackaby

 

 

A Digbeth firm which offers a zero-emission courier and
postal service was among the winners of the 2nd West Midlands Low Carbon
Economy Awards.

 

Cycle4U beat off fierce competition to pick up the Low
Carbon Micro award for businesses with five employees or fewer at the awards,
which were organised by Business in the Community and supported by
Sustainability West Midlands.

 

The company makes its deliveries exclusively by bicycle with
a trailer for larger items, and its clients include the NHS Primary Care Trust
and local government departments.

 

It has delivered over 22,000 items in its first 10 months of
trading.

 

The ceremony was also a cause for celebration for
PricewaterhouseCoopers, who won the Carbon Reduction Cost Saving prize for
businesses with over 250 employees.

 

The firm has implemented a formal sustainability framework
which has seen its carbon output reduce by 9 per cent during its first two
years, in line with tough five-year reduction targets.

 

It has also targeted waste reduction with initiatives such
as a 10 per cent discount on coffee from its catering supplier when staff use
their own mugs, which it hopes will act as a catalyst in changing staff
attitudes towards sustainability.

 

David Darlaston, regional director of Business in the
Community, said: "The West Midlands Low Carbon Economy Awards build on the
success of last year’s C+ Carbon Positive Awards.

 

"The applications we received demonstrated outstanding
levels of innovation and a high quality of technical understanding which will
make a great impact in our region on reducing carbon.

 

"It is of the utmost importance that the region as a
whole embraces the Carbon Reduction Commitment and the achievements recognised
here will promote the benefits felt by companies who have made concerted
efforts to run in a more efficient manner.

 

"Hopefully these benefits will serve as inspiration to
others and lead to a further increase in entries for 2011."

 

Among the most prolific entrants in this year's awards were
the Environment Agency and the Energy Saving Trust who saw their joint
application reap a double reward, emerging victorious in both the Low Carbon
Employee Engagement and Most Transferable Best Practice categories.

 

The Low Carbon Economy Awards were held as part the Prince’s
Mayday Network activity.

 

The Mayday Network is an initiative founded by HRH Prince of
Wales in 2007 to challenge, support and inspire as many businesses as possible
towards a more sustainable future.

 

Currently involving around 2,500 companies, the network also
showcases low emissions breakthroughs and best practices in order to encourage
other businesses to take action.

 

 


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