Antwerp-based Tapazz made its way to the shortlist of the Ashden Sustainable Travel Awards!

Established in 2001, the Ashden Award is a global recognition to the excellence in green energy. Tapazz , currently competing in the "Travel" category, is taking the sharing economy on a new journey with its peer-to-peer car rental network. This Start it @kbc startup is user-friendly website allows car owners to hire their cars to people who want to use a car for occasional journeys. Enabling people to hire a car from someone in their community in a risk-free way reduces the need for people to own their own car, while its system for reviewing and screening both renters and owners provides reassurance about safety. With a growing number of cars available for hire, this could be the future of sustainable travel.

Are you proud of this #BeTech startup? Tapazz is not the only Belgian project in the shortlist for this prize!

The local authorities for West Flanders have developed a sustainable travel programme that enables people to ’try before they buy’, overcoming a major barrier to investing in this low-carbon transport. Its free Test Caravan programme allows employees of local businesses a chance to spend 3 weeks trying out a selection of 95 different kinds of bicycles. The employees can either test a bicycle, or take advantage of free public transport tickets. Over 10,000 employees of local businesses in Bruges and elsewhere have been engaged in this sustainable travel programme over the last year

The shortlist for the 2015 Ashden UK and Travel Awards includes companies with a huge potential for creating sustainable energy, boosting economies and tackling climate change. This renowned award ceremony will take place in London. Until then, keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned!

By Gabriela Fernández Scala