Speedy - the UK's leading provider of equipment rental and support services - has received a Green Apple award at the House of Commons for the second year running.

The award was given in recognition of the business' Getting Greener from the Ground Up programme and GO Initiative.

Both schemes focus on the reduction of energy use by tools and equipment, the impact of construction on the environment, and carbon emissions by increasing awareness of the issues on site as well as promoting the use of greener products.

Speedy launched the industry's first ever colour coded labelling system as part of the GO Initiative which provides information on the energy efficiency performance of certain tools and equipment.

Mark Turnbull, safety health environment and quality director at Speedy, said: "Our environmental programmes have been designed to inform people at all levels in the industry about their responsibility to reduce carbon emissions and choose the best equipment that will enable them to do so.

"It is a great achievement for us to be recognised with a second Green Apple award and we will continue to encourage environmentally friendly practice across all the sectors we operate in including construction, infrastructure and industrial."

The Green Apple Awards -which are run by The Green Organisation - have been running for 16 years and more than 500 nominations were received this year. Previous winners include Centrica, Laing O'Rourke and United Utilities.

The Green Organisation's supporters include the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and various other professional bodies.

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