By Ben Simmons

WestOne, a leading provider of private hire passenger car services, was last night (Wednesday) crowned winner of the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Transport’ award at the prestigious 2012 London Transport Awards.

This accomplishment is a result of WestOne impressing London Transport Award judges with its comprehensive environmental programme which has successfully achieved a reduction in C02 emissions over the past two years. WestOne beat off stiff competition from others who were shortlisted in the category including Transport for London and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

“At WestOne we have always worked hard to ensure we are able to offer our customers an environmentally friendly option which enables them to meet their ‘green’ objectives but which doesn’t impact their bottom line,” says Amarjit Pall, Managing Director of WestOne. “In today’s cost conscious environment it is vital that businesses are able to keep costs down.

"This focus on cost reduction could have a negative impact on the environmental developments the industry has made because, sometimes, they do come with a premium attached. However, at WestOne we have always seen being green as part of our core offering and this continues to remain a key focus for the business. To us it just makes good business and moral sense. But it appears that this also, nearly, makes us heroes! It is good to know that the efforts we have made towards a cleaner and greener London have not gone unnoticed!”

The London Transport Awards, in association with Transport Times and supported by London TravelWatch, Transport for London, and London Councils, is about recognising excellence in transport, rewarding innovation and progress for transport initiatives which are really working. For the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Transport’ award, judges were looking for organisations that have implemented policies to reduce impact on the environment, supported by clear results.

WestOne was easily able to meet the criteria for the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Transport’ award by providing details of its ISO 14001:2004 accredited environmental programme which has been implemented internally and externally and includes:

o Green vehicles
o Utilisation of fleet through GPS technology
o Green driver training
o Environmental analysis and reports for customers
o Carbon offset programme
o Internal green best practice eg. recycling, electronic communications and ‘green’ purchasing

The award judges commented “This excellent entry shows how carbon reduction is at the heart of the company’s whole operational approach. Environmental analysis reports demonstrate the effort the company is also making to encourage clients to make behavioural change”

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