Central Taxis wins at Edinburgh Chamber Awards 2015

4 March 2015

Central Taxis win Sustainability Development Award

Central Taxis are delighted to be proud winners of the Sustainability Development Award at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, which took place on 2nd March.  

At Central Taxis our members and employees are wholly committed to reducing the impact on the local environment and continually improving our environmental performance. We began investment in Carbon Neutral projects in 2011; becoming the first taxi in Scotland to achieve Carbon Neutral accreditation.

Chairman Kevin Wood and Business Development Executive Mags Kearns-Griffin accepted the award on behalf of Central Taxis

Our customers can rest assured that every journey pre-booked in a Central Taxi is now certified Carbon Neutral, reducing their carbon footprint and ours. This supports not only our own sustainability policy but that of our many clients which include most of the prominent public and private sector organisations in the capital city and of course, tourists and residents alike.

Our commitment to carbon neutrality requires an annual audit and assessment and annual five-figure investment in projects to offset our emissions. In 2014, we increased our investment in carbon offsetting, with two worth global projects contributing to this.

The first is a ‘Gold Level’* reforestation and community development project in the Rukungiri district of Uganda. This project aids the community by providing training and development, reforestation and supports the re-introduction of community agri-business.

Our second project is water purification and cook-stove provision in Guatemala. This project distributes water filters and stoves that enable access to clean water and improve cooking conditions by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing harmful indoor pollution, which also alleviates the pressure on national forests compared to traditional cooking methods.

Alongside our Carbon Neutral accreditation we have made a commitment to reducing the amount of paper we use.  We now supply over 80% of our customers with e-mail invoices.  New customers are now automatically signed up to paperless invoicing and we aim to bring all of our existing customers in line with our paperless policy over the next two years.  

In monitoring our in-house energy consumption over the past four years we have tried to find ways to reduce energy loss. In 2014 this contributed to our move from our headquarters of over 45 years to our newer, more eco-efficient premises at Bankhead Drive.

We were excited to join forces with The Energy Savings Trust in 2014 and are working together to support and encourage drivers to undertake ‘Fuel Good’ training which aims to teach good driving practice that can help to reduce fuel consumption by 15% annually. Through this partnership we aim to become the UK’s first ‘Fuel Good’ accredited commercial fleet by 2016.

* As per Climate, Community and Bio-Diversity standards