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Stagecoach Group today (27 January 2015) launched a new sustainability strategy with a plan to cut carbon emissions, reduce water consumption and improve recycling at its transport operations in the UK, mainland Europe and North America.
The transport group’s new five-year strategy, Shared responsibility, shared future, produced in partnership with the Carbon Trust, 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.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, said: “Sustainability is the responsibility of us all - as individual consumers, employees, businesses and government.
“Our towns and cities face the economic and environmental threat from rising congestion and worsening air pollution. Stagecoach and its bus and rail services are part of the solution, offering greener, smarter and better value travel.
“We are proud of our track-record and reputation of being a sustainable business and a force for good. But we need to do more and our plans for the next five years set further stretching targets for improvement. I believe that by working together we can turn our shared responsibility into a positive shared future.”
Stagecoach worked with the Carbon Trust on a programme of technical site surveys in the UK and North America and modelled the impact of initiatives across the Group’s buildings estate and fleet. In addition, fleet transport plans were
Around £1.3million of capital expenditure will be invested in measures to reduce the Group’s environmental resources footprint in its buildings alone. This will be focused on lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and behaviour change and monitoring. It is expected to deliver cumulative cost savings of £4.7m by 2019.
The Group will continue with its annual bus and coach investment programme, which has seen £545m spent in the last seven years in making the state-of-the-art fleet even greener and more efficient.
Stagecoach is the largest end user of biodiesel in the UK. More than 3,500 of its vehicles in the UK run on biodiesel, with either a 30% or 100% bio content. Stagecoach is also the biggest operator of hybrid electric vehicles in Britain. The Group will investigate further options to switch to alternative fuels which reduce dependence on higher-carbon sources.
Other carbon reduction projects include:
Water and waste initiatives will be focused on:
As well as meeting and exceeding its regulatory obligations, Stagecoach’s sustainability strategy also involves:
A key part of the Group’s approach is the approach to sustainability is the ongoing review of its plans, performance and targets. It includes mechanisms to update targets to reflect the changing shape of the business, such as acquisitions, disposals and any new rail franchise wins. Some elements are also dependent on external factors and third parties.
Stagecoach Group’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee reports regularly to the company’s board of directors on the business’s performance. Policy information and annual performance data is provided on the Group’s website, stagecoach.com. Stagecoach also makes an annual submission to CDP, an organisation focused on carbon disclosure which collates environmental information and works with thousands of companies and investors to tackle climate change.