Stagecoach

Stagecoach East Scotland launches annual Green Week with call for joint action to tackle climate change challenge

28 May 2015

  • Individuals, businesses, communities and public authorities have "shared responsibility" to future generations
  • Seventh annual sustainability drive to incorporate World Environment Day on 5 June
  • Customer, community and employee initiatives to raise environmental awareness

Stagecoach East Scotland today announced plans for its seventh annual Green Week programme with a call for joint action to tackle the growing challenge of climate change.

The company, which operates bus services across Fife, Dundee, Perthshire and Angus, as well as into Aberdeen, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh is planning a series of events between 1 and 5 June.

During the week-long programme of activities, part of a wider Stagecoach Group initiative, Stagecoach East Scotland will encourage employees and customers to continue driving forward the green agenda through the Group’s new five-year Sustainability Strategy.

This year’s Green Week incorporates World Environment Day on Friday 5 June – a widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action when people from all walks of life can come together to ensure a cleaner, greener outlook for future generations. 

Stagecoach Group’s 38,000 employees in the UK and North America will also look ahead to the company’s stretching environmental targets over the coming five years, with additional measures being put in place to enable Stagecoach to further reduce its carbon footprint. 

Earlier this year Stagecoach launched its new five-year strategy, Shared responsibility, shared future, which has been produced in partnership with the Carbon Trust and sets out a package of investments at the Group’s bus and rail businesses.

It follows a 30% reduction in Stagecoach Group’s carbon intensity since 2007-08 and the achievement of previous targets 12 months ahead of schedule.

In 2013-2014, Stagecoach had a total carbon footprint of 1,563,000 tCO2e, a water footprint of 835,000 m3, a waste footprint of 10,200 tonnes and a waste recycling rate of 77%

By April 2019, the Group is aiming to:

  • reduce buildings carbon emissions by 7%
  • cut like-for-like fleet transport carbon emissions by 2%
  • lower water consumption by 9% 
  • achieve a waste recycling rate of 83%

Stagecoach Group has already been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for measuring, managing and reducing its global carbon footprint, becoming the first public transport operator to have its boundaries certified outside of Europe.

Within the East of Scotland region, all vehicles use a 30% bio-diesel fuel mix and the company has seen a 2.3% increase in mpg in the last year.  More than 200 drivers have achieved a 'Fleet Elite' status, achieved by a minimum number of events, such as harsh braking or acceleration, per 10 hours of driving throughout the calendar year.  The company's operations in the Dundee area have also received a five star rating for environmental performance as part of an Ecostars fleet recognition programme, the first bus operator in Scotland to achieve the high rating.

Stagecoach’s annual Green Week – this year with the theme of Getting Greener Together - aims to raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and passengers through a series of events. 

The activities taking place in the East of Scotland include:

  • A community litter-pick in Glenrothes, carried out by local staff
  • Green giveaway days in Perth and Leven
  • The use of 18 electric-hybrid buses for Dundee to Arbroath routes, which were launched into service this week
  • Customer competition to win a year's free travel
  • Staff incentives to further improve their fuel efficient driving and recycling efforts
  • Green tips on Stagecoach East Scotland social media channels
  • Spot the green driver competition

Stagecoach East Scotland Managing Director Andrew Jarvis said: “All of us – individuals, businesses, communities and public authorities - have a shared responsibility to protect our environment. We know from our own experience of running bus services that climate change is increasingly impacting our daily lives through more extremes of weather. 

"We are committed to playing our part in facing up to the challenge. Despite the good progress we have made at Stagecoach in recent years, we know there is work still to be done. 

"We hope that Green Week will help give a real focus for how we can all work together to protect our planet for future generations. We need to make changes not just for one day or one week, but for the long-term."

For further information about Stagecoach Green Week visit www.stagecoach.com/greenweek.