Volvo Buses invites registrations for 4th Edition of Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards

Stakeholders working in the broad area of sustainable mobility are invited to participate.

Instituted in 2011, the Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards have gained momentum with valuable participation from across the nation. Past recipients of the awards include a variety of organisations including Mapunity, EMBARQ India, India Urban Space Foundation, ArriveSAFE, Mumbai Environmental Social Network, Praja, EcoCabs and Ride-A-Cycle Foundation.

Volvo Buses in India reaffirms its commitment to sustainable mobility and transport and announced start of registrations for the Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards 2014. Volvo is inviting stakeholders from among citizen groups/NGOs, organisations/ consultancies, and institutions among others, to participate in the 4th Edition of the awards. The Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards aims to reward progressive and practical action in the area of promoting sustainable solutions in urban mobility.

This year the overall prize money has been increased to INR 1.2 million. This would include INR 700,000 for the winner, INR 300,000 for 1st runner-up and, inclusion of new category for 2nd runner up, which will get INR 200,000. Registrations for the awards have started and the last date to register is August 31, 2014. Interested participants can visit www.volvobuses.co.in to refer to the Application Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.  Last date for submission of projects is September 20, 2014. 

The Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards has been instituted to recognise outstanding efforts in the broad area of sustainability. It also seeks to award practical action and engagement with society in this regard. Over the previous three editions of the awards, the participation levels both in terms of number of submissions as well as quality of projects have risen significantly. In 2013, a total of 51 eligible projects were submitted to the jury for assessment, which included increased number of submissions from among various stakeholders.

"The Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards underlines Volvo Buses’ commitment to promote the need for sustainable mobility via collaboration with all stakeholders – an essential for our growing country and its cities.  Mobility – its ease or its non-availability – has a significant impact on our quality of life.  The participation till date has witnessed some highly passionate organisation and individuals seeking change & we are glad to be able to reach out to them. By rewarding their valuable actions, we not only want to recognise their achievements, but want to showcase them as an inspiration for others – to join in the movement towards a sustainable future.” said, VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director, Volvo Buses in India.

An important aspect that has emerged over the past editions is the interpretations & scope of “sustainable mobility”. Projects submitted in the previous years’ address diverse areas such as bus transport, metro & commuter rail services, integration of multiple modes of transportation, urban planning, road planning, promoting non-motorised transport, pedestrian rights to safety & convenience and addressing environmental concerns, besides promoting new technologies to people.

All details about the awards for 2014 and the previous editions, along with eligibility criterion and guidance to register are available at www.volvobuses.co.in 

4th June, 2014

For further information, please contact...

Satyanarayan Doraiswami, +91 99016 53252, satyanarayan.doraiswami@volvo.com

Meetali Saxena,
+91 9620221540,
meetali.saxena@bm.com 

About Volvo Buses in India
Volvo Buses has been in India since 2001 and has built a leading experience when it comes to high-performing bus applications. Volvo Buses has been driving the change in the industry introducing various firsts in India – including the true bus chassis concept, the low floor city bus concept, the multi-axle coaches, among a host of other technologies & concepts. This coupled with its state-of-the-art factory and overall profile of being a complete transport solutions provider, Volvo Buses is closely entwined with the progress in the Bus Industry. Volvo coaches today connect major cities across India, besides in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Volvo city buses operate in 13 cities in the country and have played a key role in Driving Quality of Life for millions of people. Volvo Buses in India has the widest range of high-performing buses. Globally, Volvo Bus is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of large buses and coaches. It is the first company in the world to commercially introduce hybrid buses and has sold over 1,000 buses with this technology in 21 countries, backed by its core values of safety, quality and care for the environment.

Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards 2014

How to apply
Interested participants can visit www.volvobuses.co.in for more details and to register. Please refer to the Application Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

General Criterion for Eligibility
All efforts in the general area of sustainable mobility are eligible. However, Organisations directly involved with manufacturing or operating public transport as part of their business are not eligible for the main award with respect to their core business.

Application guidelines
All applicants are requested to prepare the report in the format the following for final submissions.

  • Define the project with a clear objective
  • Purpose and scope of the project
  • Achievements till date
  • Next steps planned
  • CV of the group / individuals involved

Deadlines

Last date for registrations: August 31, 2014
Last date for submission of final entries: September 20, 2014
Announcement of winner: Will be announced later

For more information, please visit www.volvobuses.co.in and refer to the Terms & Conditions for eligibility.

Contact Satyanarayan Doraiswami on satyanarayan.doraiswami@volvo.com and +91 99016 53252 for any clarifications.

Winners of Previous Editions of Volvo Sustainable Mobility Awards
Mapunity was announced winner for the first edition of the Volvo Sustainable Mobility Award in 2011. Praja was given a special recognition for their efforts in addressing a multitude of issues.

The top honours in the second season of the award in 2012 were jointly shared by EMBARQ India and India Urban Space Foundation, while Praja was declared runner-up. The jury also conferred Special Recognitions upon a collaborative effort between Ride-A-Cycle-Foundation with its partners as well as a Group from IIT Madras.

In 2013, ArriveSAFE and Mumbai Environment Support Network were declared joint winners for their respective initiatives. EcoCabs was declared runner up last year. EMBARQ India and Delhi Integrated Metro were given Special Recognitions.