2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Low Carbon Champions Awards took place at a Gala Dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes on Wednesday, 14 September. Additional images are available here.


Category Winner

Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year



Michelin Tyres

Toyota GB



The judges said that Toyota  has been a global leader in low emission vehicles, selling over 9 million petrol hybrids. They said that the company has built on this reputation with the introduction of the zero emission hydrogen fuel cell car, Mirai.  

Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year


BYD Europe


Freight in the City


Scania GB



The judges were impressed with the commercial focus Scania has taken in delivering lower carbon trucks and buses into real world operations whilst also developing innovative longer-term options for trials across a wide range of the markets. The company’s clear commitment to the introduction of sustainable biofuel options in the difficult-to-decarbonise HDV market was also seen as a Scania strength. 

Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year

Highly Commended:



BAE Systems HybriDrive


First UK Bus


First UK Bus has demonstrated innovation by creating a Millbrook Fuel Economy Test for bus manufacturers as part of its bus procurement strategy.  This has set a challenge for manufacturers, pushing forward improvements in fuel efficiency in the industry as a whole. The company has spearheaded the adoption of a range of low carbon bus technologies including hybrid, electric and hydrogen buses as well as embracing the latest Euro VI vehicles.

Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year


CNG Fuels & Nat'l Grid Gas Distribution


ITM Power


Route Monkey 


Argent Energy


The judges said that Argent Energy has put a great deal of effort into sourcing waste feedstocks and providing a public service turning waste into low carbon energy. The judges were impressed by the success that Argent Energy has achieved in the market place across some key applications.

2016 Low Carbon Innovation by an SME

Highly Commended: 

River Simple


Advanced Propulsion Centre


Tevva Motors


According to the judges, Tevva Motors has produced a very impressive Range Extended Electric solution for HGVs which is applicable to both new-build vehicles and the retrofit of older, more polluting vehicles. They described it as a highly practical product, which could significantly reduce emissions for both existing and new vehicles.

Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year

Highly Commended:

Gnewt Cargo




H2 Aberdeen


The judges said that H2 Aberdeen submitted an excellent entry demonstrating strong public and private partnership working and a long- term strategy aimed at embedding hydrogen vehicles into Aberdeen’s transport system. The judges commended the project’s commitment to adopting renewable hydrogen and efforts to disseminate the outcomes of a range of hydrogen vehicle projects.

Low Carbon Publication or Report of the Year

Highly Commended:

EA Technology



Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Element Energy & Cambridge Econometrics (Joint Winners)




Element Energy’s Transport Infrastructure Roadmap provides a unique understanding of the energy infrastructure that will be needed to support the rapid decarbonisation of UK road transport. Complementing the Automotive Council’s ‘powertrain roadmap’, with its detailed analysis of electricity, hydrogen, methane and liquid fuels to 2050, the report performs an important role in articulating how carbon reduction targets for road transport can be achieved.


Cambridge Econometrics’ Oil Market Futures study offers an important integrated analysis, highlighting the significant disconnect between climate change agreements and future oil production plans. It also shines a spotlight on the implications of climate agreements in terms of demand for energy from previously untapped sources such as tar sands and deep-water drilling, while demonstrating the positive economic impact of decreasing oil imports.


Outstanding Individual in Promoting Lower Carbon Transport



Sir Peter Hendy CBE


Peter Hendy is one of the bus industry’s most enduring and leading figures over a career spanning 40 years. From trainee graduate with London Transport to Commissioner for TfL Peter has retained his passion for transport as a public service and been instrumental in the success of creating London’s now leading position, in city mobility. Rewarding and encouraging low emission and low carbon solutions in every aspect of London’s transport during the introduction of the largest congestion charging scheme (with discounts for cleaner vehicles) and the implementation of Low Emission Zones under his tenure, the ability to maintain the progress and focus under competing political masters is testament to the resilience of the TfL organisation and Peter's leadership.

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




H2 Aberdeen & Argent Energy (Joint Winners)



The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project introduced Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses. It brought industry players across the public and private sectors together, including rival bus operators First and Stagecoach, to test the commercial feasibility of hydrogen buses, which emit only water vapour at the tailpipe. This project delivered the UK’s largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station. The bus companies report that the vehicles are proving to be extremely efficient compared to their diesel equivalents.


Argent Energy manufactures 60 million litres of biodiesel from waste each year. In 2015 Argent supplied high bio‚Äźblend diesel to two major London bus companies. After a year of supplying these companies the greenhouse gas emission savings will be equivalent to 150 million miles of carbon-free travel, based on DfT figures.