Sefton Council has launched an ECO Stars scheme to reduce the environmental impact of freight vehicles using Liverpool Superport.

The ECO Stars scheme is a free, voluntary initiative that provides operators with guidance on how to run their fleets efficiently and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Hauliers are rated between 1 and 5 for fleet performance when joining the scheme, with personalised information provided on how to improve efficiency.

Speaking at the launch event at Crosby Lakeside Centre on 14 May, Peter Evans, Liverpool City Region freight co-ordinator, said: “The current development of the Liverpool Superport to host post panamax vessels will bring a predicted future increase in port traffic.

"This was a key factor in the decision to launch an ECO Stars scheme in Sefton. We’re concentrating on working very closely with goods vehicles that regularly use the main routes in the port area, aiming to reduce their environmental impact. We see ECO Stars as an ideal way to help us achieve this.”

A number of fleet operators have already committed to the scheme, including JMD Haulage, Clipper Logistics – which is a founding member of the first scheme in South Yorkshire - Asda, Evolve Facility Services and Sefton Council.

The total number of schemes in UK is 11: South Yorkshire, York, Nottingham, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Thurrock, Mid Devon, Warrington and now Sefton.