Fife Council are delighted to announce that they’ve been awarded a 5 star operator rating from ECO Stars – the first council in Scotland to achieve such an honour.

Fife Council first joined the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme in 2014 and pledged to improve their vehicles and operational practices as part of a road map to more efficient and cleaner operations in Fife.

At this original grading, Fife Council achieved 4 stars. Since then, a number of initiatives have been put in place to increase the environmental credentials of the organisation which have resulted in this unprecedented rise to the full 5-star rating.

Some of the changes include:

  • A dedicated Fuel Champion – monitoring and reporting on fuel usage and spend
  • Extensive driver training and skills development
  • Replacement of older vehicles with efficient, cost-effective Euro6 diesel, electric or hydrogen engines
  • Support systems to inform drivers of potentially inefficient driving practices

Ross Vettraino, Convener of the Environment, Protective Services & Community Safety Committee is delighted that the Council has been recognised for its efforts and has said:

“Fleet is an expensive but vital element in delivering frontline services to the community. Since joining the ECO Stars scheme, the Council has been continually improving the operational efficiency of its fleet by way of reductions in fuel consumption and in the size of the fleet and the introduction of low carbon vehicles. The benefits of so doing include a reduction in air pollution in terms of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, as well as a reduction in carbon dioxide, and cleaner air means improved public health.  These measures clearly demonstrate the Council’s ongoing commitment to environmental improvements and sustainability.”

Mark Cavers, ECO Stars Manager, Scotland, said:

“We are pleased to announce that Fife Council is the first Scottish local authority fleet to be awarded the maximum 5 stars rating on ECO Stars. This is testament to the Council’s dedication to ECO Stars and their emphasis on fleet efficiency improvements.  This award recognises Fife Council’s real commitment to improving air quality and they are setting the standard for other fleet operators in Fife”.