In March 2013, the Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC), UWE, Bristol was commissioned to develop a methodology to enable an ongoing quantitative and qualitative assessment (Q&QA) of the impact of the ECO Stars fleet recognition scheme on vehicle emissions. The Evaluation of the South Yorkshire ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, undertaken by AQMRC, UWE and endorsed by the South Yorkshire ECO Stars Partnership in 2011, had concluded that a clearer demonstration of the air quality and climate change benefits of the scheme was required, in order to “properly assess the performance of scheme members and to help better engage them with the environmental performance of the scheme”. Measuring the success of the scheme, in terms of environmental (air quality and carbon management) and financial benefits, is therefore vitally important for fleet operators, scheme managers (i.e. Barnsley MBC) and investors.
This project set out to determine the feasibility of developing a quantitative and qualitative assessment (Q&QA) toolkit for the South Yorkshire ECO Stars scheme that could also be used for future ECO Stars schemes, and then to develop a methodology to produce such a toolkit. The project has delivered a spreadsheet based toolkit, considering the needs of all stakeholders identified in the brief, but focusing on the fleet operators as primary users. The toolkit provides NOx, PM and CO2 emissions estimates for existing fleet, allowing users to create time series data and plots to report internally to managers and also to the ECO Stars scheme operators. The toolkit also enables fleet operators to calculate the impact of implementing measures and also scenario testing.
Barnes, J., & Bailey, R. (2014). Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the South Yorkshire ECO Stars fleet recognition scheme