Focus on community spirit during Stagecoach Green Week

29 May 2014

  • Sustainability drive incorporates World Environment Day on 5 June
  • Customer, community and employee initiatives to raise awareness

Community spirit will be at the heart of activities as transport group Stagecoach launches its sixth annual Group-wide Green Week programme next week.

The company, which has bus and rail operations in the UK and in North America, is planning a series of events between 2 and 6 June.

During the week-long programme of activities, the Perth-based company will encourage employees and customers to continue driving forward the green agenda, with a particular focus on activities that incorporate local communities.

This year’s Green Week incorporates World Environment Day on Thursday 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 35,000 employees in the UK and North America also have significant environmental achievements to celebrate during Green Week.

In 2010, Stagecoach Group launched Revolution in the Way We Travel, a five-year plan to reduce further the carbon emissions from its transport operations in the UK and North America. The strategy has been supported by an £11million green investment programme. Employee initiatives and eco teams set up by staff have also helped drive dramatic improvements in energy and carbon efficiency.

The Group has delivered its targets 12 months ahead of schedule, and has cut its carbon intensity by 30% in the past five years. It has also achieved an overall absolute reduction of 8% in carbon emissions from buildings and a cut of 3% in annual carbon emissions per vehicle mile from fleet transport.

To maintain the momentum of the Group’s programme, work is now underway to develop a new five-year strategy. This will include identifying further cost-effective energy-saving opportunities, continuing investment to make the business greener, and setting new targets around carbon reduction, water consumption and waste recycling rates.

Stagecoach’s annual Green Week aims to raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and passengers through a series of events, which will include:

  • Green initiatives held in partnership with a number of local schools 
  • A series of green giveaway events and roadshows at bus and rail companies across the UK where employees will hand out thousands of eco giveaways to passengers and staff
  • Competitions within the company’s UK Bus division for customers to win free travel on their local services, as well as a competition in Canada for free travel
  • Employee environmental awareness events at many of the Group’s businesses
  • Local companies attending green community events 
  • Paper amnesty schemes at and initiatives to encourage more waste recycling
  • Stagecoach green teams getting involved in local environmental projects including litter picks and planting
  • ‘Leave your car at home’ days held at depots and offices
  • Green competitions with top prizes for employees 
  • ‘Wear something Green’ on World Environment Day with proceeds going to local environmental projects
  • Walks, jogs and cycling into work events planned for employees

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “We have made excellent progress on our sustainability strategy over the past five years and our people have made a real difference in reducing the environmental impact of our business. Attracting more people out of cars and on to our bus and rail services is also helping reduce the overall carbon emissions from transport.

"But there is a lot more we still want to achieve. We are working towards a new set of environmental targets for our companies and our annual Green Week helps us to continue the momentum by engaging with customers, communities and our employees on how we can all have more sustainable lives."

Stagecoach Group has delivered a number of initiatives as part of its carbon reduction programme, including:

  • investing in a hi-tech eco-driving system, which is installed in all of Stagecoach’s UK bus fleet and is helping to reduce fuel consumption at the Group’s bus division by 3%. The scheme also offers employees the chance to earn “green points” that are converted into financial benefits from a potential £900,000 annual bonus pot. 
  • becoming the UK bus industry’s leading investor in new hybrid electric buses, which deliver a 30% reduction in carbon emissions compared to standard vehicles. The Group now has around 370 hybrid electric buses in service across the UK. 
  • introducing a fleet of gas buses in Sunderland and working with partners in Aberdeen to introduce hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2014.
  • investing almost £545 million over the past seven years in new buses and coaches for the UK with greener engines. 
  • installing a new ‘intelligent’ lighting system, which uses movement sensors to determine the amount of light required, at a number of bus depots and railway stations across the UK and in North America. 
  • investing £2.2 million at South West Trains in a major regenerative braking project to save energy in more than 200 trains. 
  • introducing an innovative energy-saving engine standby system to reduce carbon emissions from idling trains. 
  • implementing new contracts for waste and recycling at East Midlands Trains which has helped increase the recycling rate at stations to over 70%. 
  • cutting gas and energy consumption at South West Trains’ 20 largest stations by 9%, saving 110 tonnes of carbon. 
  • A continued focus on the use of bio-diesel, idling reduction, recycling programmes, energy reduction and water conservation measures in the US and Canada.  

Last year, figures compiled as part of the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme showed that Stagecoach Group is among the top 10% of large companies in the UK for its performance in reducing the carbon emissions from its business.

Every year, Stagecoach reports on its carbon emissions through its corporate website, It also provides information on its global carbon footprint to the Carbon Disclosure Project, the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emissions database.

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