Ultra Global and Heathrow Airport were delighted that the Heathrow pod was awarded a coveted International Green Apple Award in front of an international audience at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament last week. The International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice and Sustainable Development are run by the ‘The Green Organisation’ and are recognised internationally for identifying and promoting best practice in the field of sustainability.
Since commencing full passenger service in May 2011, the Heathrow pod has demonstrated its environmental prowess with the zero emission electric vehicles having saved over 200 tonnes of CO2 per annum and having removed 70,000 bus journeys from Heathrow’s road each year. With global environmental concerns growing, Ultra Global hope authorities and transport committees will turn to more sustainable solutions such as Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) to meet growing transport demand in the UK and internationally. On winning the award, Ultra MD Fraser Brown commented, ‘We are thrilled to be recognised with a gold award, sustainable performance is a key benefit of the Ultra system and is one of a number of reasons why there continues to be firm interest in the deployment of PRT globally.’
The gold award for the Heathrow pod was one of four awards won by Heathrow Airport on the night, a tally that ensured the airport were crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ at the event.