Green approach earns taxi firm charter award

THINKING GREEN: Firn has invested �150,000 in new fleet.
THINKING GREEN: Firn has invested �150,000 in new fleet.

A Sudbury taxi firm’s green approach has won the approval of the town’s mayor and secured recognition for reducing its carbon emissions.

Sudbury Town Taxis was taken over by Jodie Googe and Glen Outerbridge in April and has invested around £150,000 in its fleet of new electric and fuel-efficient cars.

It has now been given the silver award by the Suffolk Carbon Charter, which recognises companies that monitor and reduce emissions and implement measures to manage their energy use.

Mr Outerbridge said: “Last month’s figures showed a carbon reduction of more than 10 tonnes in five months as the new cars have been fed into the company.

“We have got more work still to do as we have 60 per cent of the fleet sorted, but it is having a big impact.”

He added that the company was aiming to hit a 25 per cent reduction on its previous emissions of 133 tonnes of carbon per year by December.

“If you are serious about the environment, then this is a no-brainer. It’s a big capital investment but we have put our money where our mouth is,” added Mr Outerbridge.

Sudbury mayor Jack Owen praised the company’s green efforts.

“I fully support any activities by taxi companies that are going towards environmentally-friendly working and this also has an effect on fares,” he said. “I applaud the fact Sudbury Town Taxis has made such a large investment in greener vehicles.”