BROOKES buses receive environmental accolade for Gyrodrive technology
PUBLISHED: 15:58 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 06 October 2015
Oxford Brookes University has received a national environmental award for the ground-breaking technology used in its BROOKESbus fleet.
The Green Apple Environmental Award for Environmental Best Practice 2015 has been awarded to the University for the use of Gyrodrive in the buses; an innovative, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective technology originally developed for use in Formula One racing cars which reduces CO2 emissions.
The project to commercialise the leading technology was led by former Oxford Brookes Engineering Graduate Glen Pascoe and it is the first time this technology has been fitted to service buses in the UK.
The Green Apple Environment Awards, run by The Green Organisation, campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities in the UK. Helen Russell-Emmerson, Transport Solutions Manager, Oxford Brookes University, said “ We are really proud that our BROOKESbuses have won such an important environmental award”. “It shows that the work we’ve been doing and our partnership with Oxford Bus Company has really made an impact in Oxford.”
Oxford Brookes competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Environmental Best Practice category and will be presented with a trophy and certificate at a presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 16 November.
As a result of the award success, the institution has also been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow the example and learn from the achievement.
Since the buses were fitted with the Gyrodrive system in September 2014, the BROOKESbus network has reduced its CO2 emissions by 17 per cent compared with the previous contract period.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.