Ford gains special recognition from low carbon group


The Ford Motor Company has been honoured once again for its commitment towards lowering the carbon emissions of their fleet, this time by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) group.

The LowCVP held its usual annual awards ceremony recently, but decided to add a special achievement category to mark the 10th anniversary of the partnership's existence, which singled out the environmentally conscious behaviour of the two organisations they believe have made the biggest contribution towards changing attitudes on the UK's roads in the last decade.

With Transport for London (TfL) the other group to be recognised, the Michigan-based manufacturers were the only private sector outfit acknowledged by the advisory body in the one-off 'Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 Years' field, which will no doubt come as a further boost to the already strong green reputation of Ford car dealers across Britain.

The prestigious ceremony was held at Westminster's One Birdcage Walk venue in London, supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and was described by LowCVP managing director Andy Eastlake as rewarding those firms which show 'best practice', 'outstanding leadership' and 'innovation' in reducing transport emissions.

Philippa Oldham, IMechE's head of transport and manufacturing, said that the impressive standard of entries for consideration in the 2013 awards was a reflection of how far the industry has come in recent years, with the 'shifting' attitudes of vehicle companies having been spearheaded before others by Ford for the last ten years and more.

Both new and used Ford car dealers are renowned for the excellent fuel economy rates in the models they supply, and this is in no small part linked to the admirable environmental credentials of popular brands like the Fiesta and Focus, with the group's groundbreaking EcoBoost engine now starting to appear in more and more models.

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