Hoppa’s proud spot on the podium as it comes second only to McLaren Applied in awards

Community transport provider, Waverley hoppa, came a close second to technology giant McLaren Applied at the Crest 22 Sustainable Business Awards (on 19 May) but the registered charity is far from disappointed at not winning the top prize.

Instead, hoppa’s General Manager, Richard Davies, says that the organisation can only benefit from the experience, and values the recognition that comes from being a finalist – as well as making a few new friends along the way.

“We are as proud as punch for being shortlisted alongside the mighty McLaren Applied in the Smarter Transport category. It’s incredibly important to us at hoppa that we address our direct and indirect carbon emissions. We’re making a great start this year by embarking on plans to switch our fleet of 25 minibuses to electric vehicles. In fact, our first EV should be on the road next month. We’re also making our journeys smarter by using technology to improve our route planning. For Crest 22 to recognise our achievements so far and our ongoing commitment is a fabulous endorsement.”

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Mr Davies looks forward to further sustainability innovations taking place in the transport sector: “As an organisation on the front line of public transport, it was great to hear from our fellow finalists at McLaren Applied and hear about what is around the corner in terms of transport developments.”

Hoppa provides affordable, accessible transport to hundreds of residents across Waverley and takes its responsibility to environmental sustainability seriously. “By using diesel or petrol, private and commercial drivers emit carbon into the atmosphere every time we turn on our engines. Switching to electric vehicles is one step to reducing our impact but we have lots more to do,” says Mr Davies. “We want our customers as well as the wider community to see us as a green business and we are already looking at our business processes, the energy efficiency of our headquarters and so on, to do more to reach Net Zero.”

Transport is the largest emitting sector of greenhouse gas emissions, producing 27% of the UK’s total emissions in 2019 but as a community transport provider embracing low carbon transport, Waverley hoppa hopes to help more local residents reduce their own carbon footprint. “Hoppa can help residents make affordable, greener journeys by combining journeys, reducing the number of vehicles on the road, reducing congestion and improving air quality and road safety,” says Mr Davies. “To start using our bookable service, you just need to register for free at www.hoppa.org.uk or call us on 01428 681710.”

The charity welcomes more passengers on its fleet of minibuses which are all fully wheelchair accessible and bookable for door-to-door journeys across Waverley’s towns and villages.

Crest Sustainable Business Awards are Surrey’s only awards uniquely aimed at celebrating business sustainability by enterprises and organisations based or operating in Surrey.