AQS Environmental Services has been selected as a finalist in the Fleet Transport Awards for its work to develop sustainable systems for transporting and managing waste.
It has been shortlisted by judges in the environment category, which recognises companies that show excellence in developing responsible and innovative strategies and processes in fleet transport management.
The annual Fleet Transport Awards are organised by Fleet Transport Magazine, Ireland’s leading commercial vehicle fleet management magazine.
Stan O’Reilly, Commercial Director for AQS Environmental Services Ltd, which is part of Lanes Group plc, said: “We’re delighted to have been named as a finalist in these prestigious awards.
“Working with our clients and stakeholders to developing innovative and environmentally-sustainable services is central to our business strategy, and it’s good to have this approach recognised.”
AQS Environmental Services, based in Thurles, Tipperary, is one of Ireland’s leading drainage and wastewater utilities specialists, delivering a range of services for industrial, commercial and domestic customers.
It also operates a waste processing plant which diverts 40,000 tonnes of waste a year away from landfill, turning it, instead, into compost that is used by farmers within a 20km radius of Thurles.
Stan O’Reilly said: “The composting plant offsets the carbon emissions of our transport fleet and processes the waste locally, which reduces our fuel consumption still further.
“It also contributes to reducing emissions of landfill methane, and creates a useful by-product for the local farming community. This, in turn, reduces their need to bring in fertilising products from out-of-area, creating a second cycle of environmental benefits.
“We were also able to demonstrate a €2 million investment in the last two years in the most fuel-efficient trucks, vans and supporting equipment, all of which reduce pollution and carbon emissions.”
The company’s acquisition by Lanes Group is allowing it to invest in Europe’s most advanced drainage technology, including recycler jet vac tankers. These significantly reduce consumption of water and fuel during drain cleaning and unblocking operations.
The latest example has been the acquisition of a new €400,000 JHL Superflex machine. It has a split tank, allowing water to be filtered and reused multiple times. Waste sludge is then processed in the composting plant.
Lanes Group is the UK’s largest independent drainage specialist, with more than 30 operational depots delivering surveying, cleaning and rehabilitation services across a range of sectors, including transport, insurance, energy, utilities and domestic.
The winner of each of 17 categories in the Fleet Transport Awards will be announced during an award ceremony being held at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on 13 October.
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