Entries are being accepted for an award which recognises Scotland's greenest transport business, fleetnews.co.uk reports.
Entries opened for the annual VIBES (Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) Awards on May 1st, well ahead of the ceremony itself which will take place this autumn. Businesses will then have until the closing date of 5th July to get their applications in, before a panel whittles them down to a shortlist which will be subject to site visits from members of the judging panel. These will reconvene in late October to determine its eventual winners. Awards will then be presented at a ceremony held in Edinburgh's Hub Venue on November 26th.
A total of nine awards are on offer, including the Transport Award, which recognises those businesses that have demonstrably reduced their fuel consumption over the past year. Firms will be shortlisted for the award if they are able to show off a measurable reduction in consumption through the introduction of sustainable initiatives - such as switching to greener vehicles or using fleet tracking technology.
Describing the reasons behind including this category, a VIBES spokesperson told vibes.org.uk: "The competition plans to emphasise that best environmental practice is not only good for business, the economy and competitiveness, but also benefits the surroundings is which we work, live and relax.
"It will reward those who have addressed sustainable development issues in the work place and encouraged others to follow their example."