Go-Ahead recognised by Carbon Disclosure Project for continuous improvement in tackling climate change

The Go-Ahead Group plc continues to improve its environmental performance and has, again, achieved a strong score in the Carbon Disclosure Project for its disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies.

The CDP is a comprehensive assessment of global data undertaken on behalf of more than 800 institutional investors representing US$100 trillion.

The data and insights given by CDP enable the investors to make better-informed decisions.

Go-Ahead places a great deal of emphasis on carbon, water and waste reduction and has earned a well-deserved reputation as a leading business in its sector for environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Group corporate communications director, Sarah Boundy, said:

“Reducing our impact on climate change is important to us – and the continuous efforts of colleagues across our bus and rail divisions have contributed to this strong CDP result.

“Earlier this year we consulted stakeholders and there was agreement about the importance of this issue and we will ensure it remains a key area of focus for the future. Our corporate responsibility goes beyond reducing carbon emissions and we work with industry partners to keep improving across the board.”

The Carbon watchdog, CDP explains that by recognising tangible business benefits of disclosure and action, companies are raising their ambitions and taking meaningful steps to address climate change, deforestation and water security. This ensures their long-term sustainability and profitability, as well as equipping them to respond to regulatory and policy changes, such as the Paris Agreement.

Go-Ahead’s results are published in the CDP Global Climate Change Report 2016 www.cdp.net

Table 1. Transport sector CDP scores 2016

Go-Ahead –B
First group - B
National Express - B
Stagecoach - C
Arriva – N/A

Table 2. Go-Ahead’s historical performance in CDP

Go-Ahead 2016 – B
Go-Ahead 2015 – 96C
Go-Ahead 2014 – 84B
Go-Ahead 2013 – 77B
Go-Ahead 2012 – 65C

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Notes to editors

About CDP

CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international, not-for-profit organisation providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of around US$100 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.

For further information, contact:

The Go-Ahead Group

Sarah Boundy, Group corporate communications director
07808 568 667

GO-AHEAD

Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 27,500 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.

BUS

Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 4,800 buses, we carry around two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. We operate deregulated services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and North East England.

In September 2016, the Group began operating two bus contracts in Singapore, on behalf of the Singaporean Local Transport Authority.

RAIL 

The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for over 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southeastern and London Midland.