Community transport provider Waverley hoppa came a close second to McLaren Applied at the Crest 22 Sustainable Business Awards.

Hoppa’s general manager Richard Davies says the organisation can benefit from the experience, though.

“We are as proud as Punch for being shortlisted alongside the mighty McLaren Applied in the Smarter Transport category,” said Richard. “It’s incredibly important to us at hoppa that we address our direct and indirect carbon emissions.

“We’re making a great start this year by embarking on plans to switch our fleet of 25 minibuses to electric vehicles. We’re also making our journeys smarter by using technology to improve our route planning.

“For Crest 22 to recognise our achievements so far and our ongoing commitment is a fabulous endorsement.”

Richard is looking forward to further sustainability innovations taking place in the transport sector.

He said: “It was great to hear from our fellow finalists at McLaren Applied and hear about what is around the corner in terms of transport developments.

“We want our customers and the wider community to see us as a green business and we are already looking at our business processes, the energy efficiency of our headquarters and so on, to do more to reach net zero.

“Hoppa can help residents make affordable, greener journeys by combining journeys, reducing the number of vehicles on the road, reducing congestion and improving air quality and road safety.”