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Stagecoach Green Week 2016

26 May 2016

Stagecoach Green Week banner

It’s our 8th annual Stagecoach Green Week and the theme this year is ‘Green Sky Thinking’. Over the course of the week, Stagecoach UK Bus and Stagecoach Group companies across the country have come up with a programme of activities to encourage our customers and staff to further their environmental innovation.

We already have a strong track record of delivering new environmental solutions including the launch of the UK’s first Bio-buses in 2007 and the country’s first on-site bus depot bio-blender in 2011.  We also lead the way on the introduction of buses running on alternative fuels including hybrid-electric vehicles, gas buses and hydrogen buses.

This year, our Green Week comes just before World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June – a widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. People from all walks of life can come together to ensure a cleaner, greener outlook for future generations.

Last year the Stagecoach Group 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.

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

By April 2019, Stagecoach Group aims 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 was 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.

Our annual Green Week aims to continue to raise awareness of environmental issues through green initiatives, roadshows, social media engagement and interactive online activities. We’re also encouraging participation by customers and staff by working with local schools across the country and taking part in local community events.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “Our commitment to our environmental responsibility is central to our business and we are continuing to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint as well as working more widely with our partners to protect our environment.

“Innovation has been at the heart of the progress we have made in this area in recent years, however we know there is work still to be done and we want to continue utilising new ideas and new technology to become an even greener business.

“To continue our efforts, we need to keep coming up with new innovations and ideas and we hope that during this year’s Green Week, our customers and staff can assist by giving their views and suggestions on how we can work together to protect our planet for future generations. These initiatives need to be done over the longer term, long after Green Week has finished.”