Image shows: From left to right: Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor, Fleet Transport Publications; Dan FitzPatrick, Commercialisation Manager, Gas Networks Ireland; John Fahey, Transport Manager, AQS Environmental Solutions; Stan O’Reilly, Commercial Director, AQS Environmental Solutions; Marty Whelan, RTE radio and TV presenter.
AQS Environmental Solutions has won a Fleet Transport Award for its work to develop sustainable systems for transporting and managing waste.
It was named the winner in the Environment category, which recognises companies that show excellence in developing responsible and innovative strategies and processes in fleet transport management.
AQS Environmental Solutions, one of Ireland’s leading drainage and wastewater utility specialists, has its headquarters in Thurles, Tipperary, with bases also in Limerick and Cork. Its services are used extensively in the agriculture, food and drink, manufacturing, facilities management, construction and utilities industries.
Stan O’Reilly, Commercial Director for AQS Environmental Solutions, said: “This is a great moment for us. We are very pleased to be recognised for our continuing efforts to develop environmentally-sustainable services.
“A lot of credit must go to our transport manager, John Fahey, and the rest of the operational team, who have been at the forefront of developing business processes that allow us to save energy, minimise vehicle emissions and reduce our carbon footprint to zero.”
The annual Fleet Transport Awards, celebrating their 10th anniversary, are organised by Fleet Transport Magazine, Ireland’s leading commercial vehicle fleet management magazine.
RTE radio & TV personality Marty Whelan presented the awards, while Verona Murphy, President of the Irish Road Haulage Association, was guest speaker at the event attended by 850 representatives from the transport industry.
AQS Environmental Solutions delivers a range of services for industrial, commercial and domestic customers. It also operates a waste processing plant which diverts 40,000 tonnes of waste a year away from landfill, turning it, instead, into compost that is used by farmers within a 20km radius of Thurles.
The composting plant offsets the carbon emissions of our transport fleet and processes the waste locally, which reduces fuel consumption still further.
It contributes to reducing emissions of landfill methane, and creates a useful by-product for the local farming community. This, in turn, reduces their need to bring in fertilising products from out-of-area, creating a second cycle of environmental benefits.
AQS Environmental Solutions has invested €2 million in the last two years in the most fuel-efficient trucks, vans and supporting equipment, all of which reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
The company is now part of Lanes Group plc, the UK’s largest drainage and asset maintenance specialist.
This is allowing it to invest in Europe’s most advanced drainage technology, including recycler jet vac tankers. These significantly reduce consumption of water and fuel during drain cleaning and unblocking operations.
The latest example has been the acquisition of a new €400,000 JHL SuperFlex machine. It has a split tank, allowing water to be filtered and reused multiple times. Waste sludge is then processed in the composting plant.
The Fleet Transport Award was presented during a ceremony at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday 13 October.