Amey one of the UK’s leading public services partners has received an Oxford Green Travel Award after entering the awards organised by Oxford City Council. The award was presented by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mary Clarkson at an event held at the Town Hall on the 27th of January.
Oxford City Council presented the awards to people or groups who have consistently made the effort to travel around the city using green initiatives.
Steve Helliwell Managing Director for the Logistics Division at Amey collected the award and said “We are delighted to receive an Oxford Green Travel Award at this year’s event. Amey places a great deal of importance on sustainable travel and embedding green initiatives both in Oxford and across the business. The schemes introduced not only reduce our carbon footprint and emissions released in Oxfordshire but help to support and promote the wellbeing of our employees.”
Amey, located on Oxford Science Park continually encourages employees to adopt more sustainable methods of transport to get to and from work. As an organisation, Amey is taking significant steps to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
Amey initiatives include a ‘Cycle2Work’ scheme, a bicycle servicing scheme, car sharing, electric vehicles, video conferencing and travel surveys to ensure schemes can be tailored to employees needs.
The ‘cycle2work scheme’, offers a tax efficient way of obtaining a bike to cycle to work, in line with the Government’s green transport policy. This not only reduces the number of cars on Oxfordshire roads but helps to promote employees’ wellbeing. A complimentary bicycle servicing day was also organised with local Oxford company ‘Back on Trax’ to service employee bicycles ensuring they are continually fit for purpose. Each service takes less than an hour to complete and was carried out on the Science Park while employees were at work.
Emily Davies sustainability consultant at Amey commented; “I recently moved to Oxford and was keen to live somewhere within walking or cycling distance of work. The ‘cycle2work’ scheme ensures I am cutting back on my fuel usage and reducing the environmental impact of driving to and from work every day. It is great to see a large organisation such as Amey incorporating green initiatives into the benefits that offered to all employees.”
Amey’s Smart cars have zero carbon emissions and cause no noise pollution. They are used by the public services provider to travel to and from the offices around the city. The cars incur no petrol or diesel costs and there is no road tax to pay either, leading to significant savings and reductions in environmental impacts.
Protecting and enhancing the environment is at the forefront of Amey’s agenda, from the very local and visible issues of waste, and litter, through to the global issues of climate change. Amey recognises that as a major organisation there is an important role to play not just locally but nationally as well and have ensured the green initiatives at head office are implemented across the business. This recent award win brings the total number of green awards Amey has received in the last twelve months to 3 including Best Private Sector Fleet 250 + Vehicles award and runner up for the Leadership award at the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards 2009.