ECOSTARS is a voluntary scheme that provides recognition and guidance on environmental best practice to operators of goods vehicles, buses and coaches whose fleets regularly serve the Edinburgh area.
ECOSTARS rates individual vehicles and the overall operation of a vehicle fleet, using a star rating system, to recognise levels of operational and environmental performance. It aims to reduce the energy used by commercial and passenger transport fleets by encouraging increased adoption of fuel efficiency measures. This will bring about benefits for members through more efficient operations, reduced fuel costs and emissions.
Download the ECOSTARS Edinburgh scheme leaflet.
Edinburgh has long standing air quality management issues. Currently there are five Air Quality Management Areas, in the centre, the west and the north of the City for traffic related pollutants. Studies have shown that the largest contributors to the problem are heavy vehicles including buses and goods vehicles. Find out more about air quality in Edinburgh.
The City of Edinburgh Council wants to achieve improvements as far as possible through voluntary means by working with key transport operators. The Scottish and UK Governments are supportive of such voluntary schemes.Therefore, ECOSTARS is a sensible and relatively low cost way to secure improvements in the transport fleet operating in Edinburgh and thereby reduce emissions.
Find out about the benefits of joining ECOSTARS Edinburgh and how to join.
Published on 19 Dec 2011
Updated 30 Dec 2013