Global eco programme awards Go-Ahead UK’s joint-highest transport score for carbon cutting
Carbon Disclosure Project gives Go-Ahead new, high score in global league table for progress on sustainability and environmental measures
Carbon emissions across the bus and train operator are down by 22 per cent per vehicle mile over the past two years.
Go-Ahead also becomes the latest company awarded the London Stock Exchange’s new ‘Green Economy’ Accreditation.
12 February – The Go-Ahead Group has been recognised for its commitment to the environment as it accelerates efforts to cut carbon emissions over the next 12 months.
The Carbon Disclosure Project - which rates thousands of companies on efforts to manage their risks and opportunities on climate change - has handed Go-Ahead an improved “B” grade.
A “B” grading from the international experts means that Go-Ahead now has the joint-highest score of all British transport operators.
It follows a series of initiatives by Go-Ahead to reduce its environmental impact over the past 12 months – such as introducing hybrid ‘geo-location’ electric buses in Brighton that can be set to run on zero emissions mode every time they enter the city’s clean air zone.
And it comes as Go-Ahead becomes the latest company to be awarded the London Stock Exchange’s new Green Economy accreditation.
The LSE mark is designed to highlight to investors those companies who derive over 50 per cent of their annual revenues from products and services that contribute to the ‘green economy’.
Go-Ahead chief financial officer Elodie Brian said: “When it comes to the environment, we all need to play our part and Go-Ahead is proud to lead the way with green innovations that make a difference to our towns and cities.
Trains and buses give people a greener choice for travel, and we’re working hard to further reduce our emissions and environmental impact.”
Over the last two years, carbon emissions across the group are down by 22% per vehicle mile.
And the business has set a bold new target of reducing emissions per vehicle mile by 25% per the next 12 months.
Go-Ahead has the UK’s largest fleet of electric buses and aims to operate a fully zero-emissions bus fleet by 2035. The group is building towards that target with plans to introduce electric buses to Go North-East later this summer.
Go-Ahead is also working with rail authorities to ensure the removal of all diesel-only trains by 2040, in line with the UK’s ambitions to become a net zero carbon economy by 2050.
Go-Ahead is one of the leading UK public transport operator companies. Our purpose is to be the local partner taking care of journeys that enhance the lives and wellbeing of our communities across the world. Employing around 29,000 people across our businesses, over 1.2 billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our rail and bus services every year. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include governments and local authorities. We are committed to contributing to tackling climate change, improving air quality and reducing social isolation, and aim to run a zero emission bus fleet by 2035.
Go-Ahead is one of the UK's largest bus operators. With a fleet of nearly 6,000 buses, we carry over two million passengers every day. We have a strong presence in London, with around 23 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for Transport for London. Outside London, we principally serve high-density commuter markets, including the North East, Greater Manchester, East Yorkshire, East Anglia, South East and South West England. Internationally, we operate a bus contract in Singapore and two bus contracts in Ireland.
The rail division operates two franchises in the UK and two contracts in Germany. In the UK, Southeastern and GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) operate through our 65% owned subsidiary, Govia, which is 35% owned by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for around 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises. In Germany, our contracts are run exclusively by Go-Ahead.
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