Irizar receives Award for the Environment
The Spanish Section of the European Environmental Awards has granted Irizar the National Business Award for the Environment in the product-service category.
The accolade recognises the steps taken by Irizar in environment and electromobility, and especially in the development and manufacture of the 100% electric urban bus, the Irizar i2e, which incorporates technologies that contribute to greater energy efficiency and autonomy of urban buses.
These awards, organised by the European Commission since 1987, reward companies that successfully combine the economic viability of business with environmental protection, by introducing innovations into management, into processes, products or services offered, encouraging business cooperation or combining business and biodiversity.
Irizar´s aim for sustainable development and commitment to the environment goes back to 1998, when the company became the first coach manufacturer to obtain the ISO14001 certification. In 2009 it also is helped by the Stop CO2 Euskadi initiative from the Basque office on Climate Change. It is in 2011 when sustainability gets a new pulse with the start of the electromobility business which is forming a large part of the Group’s future.
Irizar Group’s aim is to improve the lives of people, not just to provide complete urban mobility solutions. Nonetheless, 100% electric buses, articulated or bi-articulated, and other public electric vehicles, plus necessary infrastructure for charging, traction and the storage of energy, are in accord with this aim.
The i2e was first put into circulation in three European cities in 2014. In only five years since that decision, the company aimsd to be part of the transformation of cities´ transport systems, where current levels of air contamination make it difficult to reach a citizen´s suitable level of quality.