Stagecoach reports that it has cut carbon emissions from its businesses by 14 per cent over the past five years. Between 2013-14 and 2018-19, the group reduced its passenger fleet emissions by 7 per cent and buildings emissions by 21 per cent.
Overall, the business estimates that it has cut its annual carbon impact by more than 168,000tonnes of CO2e a year since 2013-14. In the company’s bus and coach operations, it has reduced its passenger fleet emissions by more than 78,100tonnes of CO2e a year, with annual buildings emissions cut by over 7,250tonnes of CO2e.
The progress follows a 30 per cent reduction in Stagecoach’s carbon intensity in the previous five years and the achievement of environmental targets 12 months ahead of schedule.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach Group chief executive, says: “Climate change and poor local air quality are two of the biggest challenges our planet faces today. Governments, businesses and individuals all need to play their part in meeting that challenge head on.
“We welcome the stretching targets being set by government to address these environmental problems, but the reality is that they are unachievable without a major switch from polluting private transport to sustainable public transport. Our greener and smarter public transport services are a vital part of the solution. Not only do they help support the economy and keep communities connected, they can help cut congestion and deliver cleaner air.
“We have made huge strides over the past decade in becoming a more sustainable business as well as making a positive social and economic impact for our country. But we need to do more and we look forward to finalising our sustainability strategy for 2020 and beyond.”
Stagecoach plans further introduction of new greener buses and coaches, investment in eco-driver technology, training for bus drivers and engineering teams, measures to tackle bus idling, and environmental management systems at the company’s facilities.It is also developing a new sustainability strategy for 2020 and beyond in partnership with the Carbon Trust, including plans around fleet investment, buildings measures and other initiatives, and targets to drive further improved performance.