Supported by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority and NHS Barnsley it was recognised that emissions from heavy duty vehicles had been identified as a significant contributor to N02 and PM10 concentrations
The concept was developed over several months, as it was felt that a scheme needed to tackle air pollution and the consequences for public health whilst positively engaging with the freight, bus and coach industry
The South Yorkshire ECO Stars scheme was the first of its kind in the UK and since its inception has grown considerably in membership, and has been adopted in other areas across the UK and Europe
The idea for ECO Stars was first conceived and the four South Yorkshire local authorities commissioned Transport & Travel Research Ltd (TTR) to develop the scheme
January – ECO Stars South Yorkshire was officially launched in Rotherham with Clipper Logistics being the first ECO Stars scheme member
October – Second scheme starts in Mid Devon funded by Defra
July – European Union funding secured for new schemes in Scotland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic, as well as part funding the original scheme in South Yorkshire
August – Launch of Scotland’s first scheme in Edinburgh, set up as part of the European ECOSTARS project
March – Gedling Borough Council launches third UK scheme, funded by Defra
October – Launch of pilot Taxi ECO Stars scheme in Mid Devon, funded by Defra, to trial and evaluate the application of ECO Stars to taxi and private hire vehicle operators
February – Thurrock ECO Stars launched as part of the “Travel Thurrock Smarter Choices” LSTF funded initiative, managed by the Thurrock Freight Quality Partnership
Launch of Falkirk scheme, the second in Scotland – funded through the Scottish Government’s Air Quality Grant
March –Launch of Nottingham urban area scheme, an expansion of Gedling ECO Stars – part of the LSTF funded “The Big Wheel” programme
Launch of the City of York scheme, funded through Defra
April – South Yorkshire signs up its 50th member – B&Q, in partnership with their logistics provider DHL
September – South Yorkshire hosts a visit by officials from the DfT and Defra
November –Launch of North Lanarkshire ECO Stars scheme funded by the Scottish Government
December – Launch of Dundee ECO Stars scheme, also funded by the Scottish Government
January – ECO Stars marks five year anniversary since it was first launched with 75th member Airmaster and a presentation made by Dan Jarvis MP
March – Official launch of Warrington ECO Stars, funded through Defra
May – Official launch of Sefton ECO Stars – the first scheme to focus primarily on road haulage at a port – also funded by Defra
June – Scottish Government announces funding for three new ECO Stars schemes (Fife, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire) and the first Scottish ECO Stars Taxi scheme in Dundee
Edinburgh signs up 50th member – Edinburgh City Car Club’s service and support vehicles
Nottingham signs up 50th member – Nottingham Trent University
August – Thurrock ECO Stars signs up 50th member – Greenenergy Flexigrid tanker fleet
October – Fife scheme launches
December – Falkirk Taxi scheme launches
January –South Yorkshire celebrates its 100th member – NPS Barnsley – at an event in Barnsley.
February – South Lanarkshire scheme launched
March – Glasgow City scheme launched
March – Sutton and Croydon scheme launched
April – Staffordshire & Stoke scheme
December – Edinburgh celebrates it’s 100th member
January –Transport for Greater Manchester scheme – Pilot scheme launched.
March – Royal Borough of Greenwich scheme launched.
April – First video case study released – Scotland based company Radical Tours, comprising Highland Explorer Tours and Haggis Adventures.
June –Cornwall scheme launched.
June –ECO Stars receive Highly Commended Award under the Sustainability category at the CIHT Awards.
August –Glasgow signs up 5000th vehicle.
September –Fife Welcomes first electric taxi.
November –West Yorkshire scheme launched.
November –Aberdeen scheme launched.
February –East Lothian scheduled to launch.