Cardiff-based international freight forwarding firm FSEW has has been named NatWest Cymru’s Green Business of the Year, in recognition of its efforts to cut its carbon emissions.

FSEW said the award is a testament to its ”unwavering dedication” to sustainable transport, with the team setting themselves the challenge of becoming net-zero by 2025.

The global freight forwarding company, which counts Tesco, Ford, Rockwool and Euroclad among its clients, began its environmental journey in January 2022 with the launch of its electric articulated 37-tonne HGVs, which have helped reduce emissions by taking 720,000 diesel miles off the road.

FSEW is continuing its green journey after acquiring land on Lamby Way in Cardiff which is earmarked to host FSEW’s innovative green energy power hub, designed to power its fleet with renewable energy and facilitate the charging of personal electric vehicles.

As well as running electric trucks, a significant portion of FSEW’s fleet has transitioned to 100% renewable biomethane fuel for freight transport, resulting in an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions and up to 40% lifetime fuel cost savings compared to diesel.

FSEW has also implemented an innovative software, enabling domestic and international clientele to scrutinise supply chains.

Geoff Tomlinson, FSEW MD, said: “It’s a pleasure to be honoured by NatWest as the Green Business of the Year. We’ve always had environmental consciousness at our core and to be able to work closely with a team that not only understands our goal but actively supports it has been instrumental in allowing us to meet our sustainability targets.

“We’re making significant changes and becoming an industry leader in successfully implementing decarbonisation in our fleets and making it commercially viable. Our commitment to provide clients with a quality service is critical whilst ensuring our operations have as little negative environmental impact as possible.”

Jessica Shipman, NatWest Cymru regional board chair, added: “All of the nominees exhibited an outstanding willingness to take control of their own environmental impact, but ultimately FSEW stood out for its team’s unwavering commitment to making the entire business more sustainable. From supply chains to multifaceted green alternatives, FSEW embodies what it means to be a green business.

“At NatWest, we do not only want to celebrate those that are doing great things in their field, but support them in achieving their goals. We’re excited to continue our relationship with the team as they get closer to their net zero goals.”