2014 Award Winners

The 2014 Low Carbon Champions Awards took place at a Gala Dinner at the Jurys Inn, Milton Keynes on Wednesday, 10 September. Additional images are available in the Image Library.

Category Winner

Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year

Runner-up: Tesla Motors Ltd

Highly commended: Nissan Motor GB

Highly commended: Mitsubishi Motors UK


EDF Energy

BMW Group

BMW i is redefining personal mobility, introducing innovative, purpose-built vehicles embodying sustainability. The company’s approach includes a substantial reduction in environmental impacts across the entire value chain and the introduction of innovative mobility services.

Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year

Highly commended: Iveco UK Ltd 

Highly commended: Wrightbus


Michelin Tyre Plc


BYD Europe B.V

Backed by a wealth of international experience, BYD Europe’s vehicles demonstrate a real  business case for their adoption and market growth potential. The very high reliability of the new powertrain  system has been demonstrated, providing a flexible approach to electric charging. 

Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year

Runner-up: Tesco

Highly commended: Eddie Stobart Ltd


The Gas Bus Alliance Ltd


Reading Buses

Reading Buses’ was a particularly impressive entry demonstrating how the use of gas buses has brought additional benefits through reduced air pollution emissions and noise. The company have made further commitments to lower the environmental impact of their day-to-day operation including initiatives to reduce energy consumption and waste generation. 

Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year

Runner Up: Commercial Group & the London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE)

Highly Commended: Gas Bus Alliance


The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)


Gasrec Ltd

The judges said that Gasrec’s 85% growth in biomethane sales over 18 months is highly impressive. They have a scale of operation that is of national significance in helping to decarbonise the freight sector in the UK. They have brought together a highly influential industry group to disseminate results and galvanise action. Their efforts on driver and safety training also impressed the judges 

2014 Low Carbon Innovation by an SME


Transport Systems Catapult


Celtic Renewables Ltd


Celtic Renewables’ practice of turning industrial waste into biofuel, solvents and animal feed is an excellent example of an environmentally and commercially sustainable business model. They have taken known technology and adapted it to current market conditions, attracting the investment and partners required to scale up to industrial production. 

Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year


Highly Commended: Milton Keynes Council


Transport Scotland


Eco Travel Network and Transport & Environment (T&E) (Joint winners)


The judges said that T&E submitted an impressive entry demonstrating an innovative approach to influencing European car CO2 regulations through evidence-based research and strong campaigning activities.

They said that the Eco Travel Network is providing a cost effective way of enabling individuals to gain first-hand experience in using electric vehicles via a car hire service and demonstrating how electric vehicles can be deployed in rural communities.  

Low Carbon Publication or Report of the Year

Highly Commended: Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) and International Energy Agency (IEA)

Highly commended: Transport & Environment with Malcolm Fergusson


Northwest Automotive Alliance


Cambridge Econometrics


This was an extremely competitive and hard fought category. Cambridge Econometrics prepared a very thorough, authoritative, high quality report; very good macroeconomic analysis which gave a holistic overview. The report sheds new light on how Europe’s economy could be strengthened by using low carbon vehicle technologies to reduce spending on oil imports.

Outstanding Individual in Promoting Lower Carbon Transport




Professor Dame Julia King 


Julia King (Vice Chancellor, Aston University) is being recognised for her extensive contribution to cutting carbon from road transport. A member of the Committee on Climate Change, she has been appointed to a whole range of governmental and academic positions which have helped define the UK’s policies towards low carbon vehicles. She was author of the landmark ‘King Review of Low Carbon Cars’ and has also been a powerful advocate both for engineering education and the potential for women in engineering.

‘Grand Prix’ Award: Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport




BMW Group


The judges said that the introduction of BMW’s i3 and now i8 models have arguably changed the landscape in terms of plug-in vehicles and their operation.