30 May 2016
Stagecoach North Scotland has announced plans for the eighth annual Stagecoach Group Green Week programme.
The bus company is planning a series of events between 30 May and 3 June, to raise awareness among staff and customers about the need to continue coming up with new ideas to tackle climate change.
During the week-long programme of activities, Stagecoach North Scotland will encourage employees and customers to continue driving forward the green agenda with the theme of ‘Green Sky Thinking’ to encourage further environmental innovation.
Stagecoach has a strong track record of delivering new environmental solutions, including a fleet of electric hybrid buses in Aberdeen and a fleet of fully electric buses in Inverness.
This year’s Green Week precedes World Environment Day on Sunday 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.
During the course of the week, Stagecoach North Scotland will be involved in a project with Scottish Sustrans which encourages people to replace their car journey with a bus journey. Each user who logs a journey during the project will then benefit from a 10% off voucher to spend on bus travel at stagecoachbus.com.
In addition to this, Stagecoach North Scotland will also invite local community groups, schools or project to apply for the first 'Green Week Grant'. The successful group or project will demonstrate in their application how the £500 grant would be spent to benefit their fund-raising efforts. The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd June and the winner will be chosen by the Stagecoach North Scotland directors before being announced on Friday 10th June.
Last 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.
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 covers the Group’s bus and rail operations in Europe and North America. In line with the theme of Green Sky Thinking, the initiative aims to further raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and passengers through a series of events across the Group’s businesses.
Stagecoach North Scotland Managing Director Steve Walker said: “Our commitment to our environmental responsibility is central to our business and we are continuing to take steps to become a greener business as well as working with our partners to protect our environment.
“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."
For further information about Stagecoach Green Week visit www.stagecoach.com/greenweek