RFG Environmental Innovation Award 2015

It was a three way celebration at this year’s Rail Freight Group awards as Tesco Distribution, Eddie Stobart Ltd and Direct Rail Services were awarded the Environmental Innovation Award 2015 for their rail freight services.

Pictured above from left to right – Cameron Taylor: Primary Account Manager (Rail) for TESCO, Beverley Stothart: Head of Commercial & Business Development for DRS, Nicola Campbell: Solicitor DRS, Kyle Palmer: Communications & Marketing Manager DRS, Sabrina Brannan: Senior Business Manager for DRS, Jim Pilling: Intermodal Rail Freight Manager, Eddie Stobart Ltd and Nick Graham: Business Director, Eddie Stobart Ltd.

The award was presented by event sponsors Burges Salmon who announced “The project impressed the judges for its environmental impact and ongoing development from a trunking operation to a strategic network operation, with environmental benefits being a major driver for the increasing rail traffic. The project demonstrated distribution efficiencies and a novel approach to meeting the client’s exacting distribution requirements”.

Entries were required to demonstrate that the project had delivered a major improvement in the environmental footprint and sustainability of rail freight services. Judges were looking for clear evidence of a positive impact such as: targeted reduction in greenhouse gases, pollutants, intrusive noise, improved fuel efficiency, train productivity or recycling initiatives.

Following the awards Sabrina Brannan, Senior Business Manager for DRS commented “This award recognises all the hard work and commitment by all parties to create a tailor made rail solution that not only satisfied the customer but also provided sustainability of rail freight services. Working in partnership the team focused on delivering the highest possible standards to meet the demands of Tesco Stores. Benefitting from Tesco’s clear understanding of their customer needs, ESL’s logistical expertise and DRS’s knowledge of the specific requirements of the UK’s rail industry the team developed a rail solution that not only improves performance and efficiency but also significantly reduced its impact on the environment”.


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