27 May 2015
Stagecoach Group 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 has bus and rail operations in the UK and in North America, is planning a series of events between 1 and 5 June.
Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said individuals, businesses, communities and public authorities had a "shared responsibility" to protect the planet for future generations.
During the week-long programme of activities, the Perth-based company 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 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:
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.
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. These will include green initiatives and competitions held in partnership with a number of local schools across the country, a series of roadshows across the UK, employee and customer competitions, social media initiatives, interactive online activities and participation in local community events by Stagecoach employees.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths 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 transport networks 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. It's about making changes in how companies do business, governments taking tough decisions and each of us looking at the personal choices we make in our daily lives. 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.