ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme is partnering with Route Monkey to help freight operators make their fleet operations more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Members of ECO Stars - a voluntary scheme that provides guidance and recognition for operators striving to the reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions from their fleet vehicles – will now be able to access Route Monkey’s optimisation software, which the company said can shave up to 20% off fleet running costs.

Ann Beddoes of Barnsley Metropolitan Council, the scheme manager for ECO Stars, said: “We are delighted to be working with Route Monkey – a company whose services align perfectly with ECO Stars’ objectives – and we continue to seek out partnerships with organisations to enhance the benefits of the scheme for our members.”

Colin Ferguson, CEO of Route Monkey, said: “ECO Stars is a fantastic initiative that has a fantastic membership of public and private sector fleets. By working closely together with ECO Stars we can deliver even greater efficiency savings for these members.”

ECO Stars was created in 2009 in South Yorkshire and has since expanded to 18 schemes across the UK, with more in the pipeline. It is open to fleets of all sizes and types of operation.

Route Monkey’s optimisation system uses algorithm-based technology capable of making millions of calculations in a relatively short space of time to help eliminate unnecessary fleet mileage and improve vehicle utilisation.

The company has also developed unique algorithms for identifying where and how ultra-low carbon vehicles can be deployed, and has been working with local authorities in Scotland to help them explore if electric vehicles could work in their fleets.

Both Route Monkey and ECO Stars were exhibitors at the Freight in the City Expo, which took place at Alexandra Palace in London on 27 October.