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There are nine categories for the Low Carbon Champions Awards, reflecting the diversity of those engaged in encouraging the shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels.

The Categories Are:

  1. Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year
  2. Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year
  3. Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year
  4. Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year
  5. 2017 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME
  6. Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year
  7. 2017 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report

This year there are also two special awards:

  1. Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport
  2. Grand Prix Award:Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (winner of winners)

If you are interested in sponsoring any of the above categories please contact the Secretariat. 

 

Not sure what category to enter?

Use the table below to guide you.

Blue Button Indicates the core categories relavant for your type of organisation.

 Green Button Indicates additional categories that your organisation may also be interest in.

Table of Categories


Low Carbon Car/Van Manufacturer of the Year

This award is open to car or van manufacturers, or supplier of components for these vehicles. The Award will be provided for the company that has done the most to develop or supply the market for lower carbon cars or components that significantly improve vehicle efficiency or reduce carbon emissions. The Award will be judged based primarily upon activities that have been undertaken in 2016/17 (though related work may have taken place earlier). The scope of relevant activities includes supply of new product(s); use of innovative sales and marketing activity; or any other activity that encourages the purchase or market for low carbon cars.

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Quantified CO2 emissions reductions including any independent verification and under what drive cycle the savings are estimated. Details of any comparators being used should also be clearly stated if savings are being presented in percentage terms
  2. The degree of innovation and risk in bringing forward the vehicle / technology including the extent to which it is market leading
  3. The use of innovative sales and marketing activity or any other activities that raises awareness of the performance of the technology / vehicle thereby enhancing sales
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the company to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence its suppliers, clients or other third parties to embrace lower carbon and lower emission solutions.

Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year

This award is open to manufacturers of both trucks and/or buses, or a supplier of components to these vehicles. The Award is for the company which has done the most in the last year to develop or supply the market with lower carbon vehicles or components that significantly improve vehicle efficiency or reduce carbon emissions. The Award will be judged based primarily upon activities that have been undertaken in 2016/17 (though related work may have taken place earlier). The scope of relevant activities includes supply of new product(s); use of innovative sales and marketing activity; or any other activity that encourages the purchase or market for lower carbon trucks or buses.

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Quantified CO2 emissions reductions including any independent verification and under what drive cycle the savings are estimated. Details of any comparators being used should also be clearly stated if savings are being presented in percentage terms
  2. The degree of innovation and risk in bringing forward the vehicle / technology including the extent to which it is market leading
  3. The use of innovative sales and marketing activity or any other activity that raises awareness of the performance of the technology / vehicle thereby enhancing sales
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the company to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence its suppliers, clients or other third parties to embrace lower carbon and lower emission solutions.

Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year

This Award is open to all operators of vehicles or leasing organisations. The Award will be provided to the company or organisation that through its activities has most effectively reduced emissions from vehicles it operates or leases. This may be through the use of new lower carbon technology, fuel and /or driving techniques or through new business processes. The Award will be judged based primarily upon activities that have been undertaken in 2016/17 (though related work may have taken place earlier).

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Quantifiable emissions reductions that have been achieved through a variety of effective fleet management approaches. Details of any comparators being used should be clearly stated if savings are being presented in percentage terms
  2. The degree of innovation and risk in reducing emissions including willingness to pilot the use of new technologies and techniques to reduce emissions
  3. The replicability of the approaches adopted and extent to which the entrant has sought to disseminate outcomes to encourage other stakeholders to take-up similar approaches
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the company to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence its suppliers, clients or other third parties to embrace lower carbon and  lower emission solutions.

Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year

This award is open to any company or organisation supplying or participating in the supply chain for lower carbon fuels or in a fuel related initiative.

The award will be given to the company or organisation that has done the most to bring forward lower carbon sustainable fuel technology or the supply of sustainable low carbon fuels into the market. The Award will be judged based primarily upon activities that have been undertaken in 2016/17 (though related work may have taken place earlier).

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Quantifiable emissions reductions achieved through the supply or use of renewable transport fuels or fossil fuels with a lower carbon footprint. Details of any comparators being used should be clearly stated if savings are being presented in percentage terms
  2. The innovation and risk shown by the entrant such as activities to maximise climate benefits of the fuel; minimise the sustainability risks of sourcing and supplying the fuel; undertake research to improve production processes or understanding of the issues
  3. The replicability of the approaches adopted and extent to which the entrant has sought to disseminate outcomes to encourage other stakeholders to take up similar approaches
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the company to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence its suppliers, clients or other third parties to embrace lower carbon and lower emission solutions.

2017 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME

This award is open to small or medium-sized enterprises (SME), or academic institutions.

The award will be given to the company providing the most promising technology that can reduce vehicle carbon emissions through any means. This includes technologies that enable other technologies to be more effective.The award will be judged on the potential of the technology and company based upon performance to date.

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Quantifiable evidence of the extent to which the technology has the potential to deliver real-world emissions reductions. Details of any comparators being used should be clearly stated if savings are being presented in percentage terms
  2. The degree of innovation shown to date by the company in developing the technology
  3. The potential market for the technology and likelihood that the company will be successful in delivering the technology to market through evidence of potential client or supplier relationships (commercially sensitive information need not be disclosed – but the extent of relationships should be indicated)
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the company to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence third parties to embrace lower carbon and  lower emission solutions.

Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year

This award is open to any business, for profit or not, or organisation, including national and local Government and other public sector organisations.The award will be given to the most successful programme or campaign designed to reduce road transport carbon emissions. This could be through stimulating the market for lower carbon vehicles or fuels; uptake of more efficient fleet management or driving practices by others (transport operators can enter another award); or, promotion of public transport, walking, cycling or any other approach to reduce vehicle use. The award is open to both publicly and privately funded programmes.

The Award will be judged based primarily upon activities that have been undertaken in 2016/17 (though related work may have taken place earlier).

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Quantifiable evidence of the benefits or impact of the initiative either in terms of carbon emissions reductions or other appropriate metrics. Details of any comparators being used should be clearly stated if savings are being presented in percentage terms
  2. The degree of innovation shown by the entrant in developing the programme or campaign
  3. The replicability of the approaches adopted and extent to which the entrant has sought to disseminate outcomes to encourage other stakeholders to take up similar approaches
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the entrant to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence third parties to embrace lower carbon and  lower emission solutions.

2017 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report

This award is open to any business, organisation or individual (such as consultants or academics) that has produced a written report, academic paper or produced any other form of publication (in any form of media) that seeks to raise awareness of lower carbon road transport.The award will be provided for the report/publication that has either most effectively enhanced understanding of the challenges and a solution to reducing road transport emissions; or has most effectively encouraged behaviours that lower road transport carbon emissions. The Award will be judged based primarily upon activities that have been undertaken in 2016/17 (though related work may have taken place earlier).

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. Evidence of the impact of the publication or report in either enhancing understanding or changing behaviour in favour of lower carbon transport solutions. Details of any comparators being used should be clearly stated if benefits are being presented in percentage terms.
  2. The degree of innovation shown by the entrant in producing the report or publication and the extent to which the approach is genuinely market leading
  3. The extent to which the entrant has sought to disseminate the learnings from the report or publication to a wide audience of stakeholders
  4. The extent to which the entry is one of a portfolio of activities by the entrant to reduce its environmental impacts. This can include any future plans and activities the entrant has undertaken to seek to influence third parties to embrace lower carbon and  lower emission solutions.

There are also two special awards:

Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport

This award is for the individual that has contributed the most to reducing road transport carbon emissions.The award is open to nominations but may also be awarded to the individual considered by the judging panel to have made the greatest individual contribution to reducing road transport emissions. There will only be a winner in this category - no runner-up or highly commended entries will be announced.The award will be judged based upon the overall achievements of the individual through their career rather than over a specific period.

In judging this award the panel will specifically be looking for evidence of:

  1. The effectiveness of one or more major achievements in which the entrant has played a significant role
  2. The degree of innovation that has been shown in taking forward lower carbon transport initiatives
  3. The extent to which the entrant has shown leadership within their sector and has influenced third parties
  4. The personal commitment demonstrated by the entrant to lower carbon transport including future plans.

Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport 

This award is not open to enter but will be awarded to the entry that the judging panel considers to be the overall outstanding achievement across the full range of activities to encourage the shift to decarbonised transport in 2016/17.