Climate change strategy

Our climate commitment

Since 2016, Go-Ahead has achieved a reduction in absolute carbon emissions by 22%. Our strategy outlines how we will continue to adapt to the effects of climate change. This includes decarbonising our transport fleet, reducing the negative impact of air quality from our operations, cutting our water usage and reducing waste.

The Group’s overarching target is to become a net zero carbon business by 2045. As milestones on the way to this target, Go-Ahead plans to achieve a decarbonised bus fleet by 2035 and to eliminate all remaining diesel trains from its networks by 2035, helping to meet our 75% emissions reduction target by 2035.

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David Brown, Group Chief Executive of Go-Ahead Group

Public transport is part of the solution for climate change.

By its very definition, mass transport – the use of buses and trains, rather than private cars – means that a large number of people can be moved from place to place in an efficient way. Mass transport gets people out of their cars, eases traffic congestion, cuts emissions and improves health outcomes.

David Brown
Group Chief Executive

Part of the climate solution

We want public messaging which clearly states:

"Walk and cycle if you can, use buses and trains. Only take the car if you need to."

  • A fully loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road. A train can replace even more.
  • Buses only account for 3% of all roadside emissions. We need more people to leave their cars at home and use public transport.
  • Prioritising bus and investing in rail are climate change solutions

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Our targets

Net Zero by 2045

Decarbonise by 75% by 2035

Zero-emission bus fleet in the UK by 2035

Non-diesel rail fleet by 2035

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Workstreams

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Adaptation

Climate change

Identify how climate change impacts our businesses, passenger services, premises and supply chains, and identify adaptation plans.

  1. Identify risks and vulnerabilities
  2. Quantify costs and source funding
  3. Identify risks to properties
  4. Work with suppliers to identify and reduce exposure and vulnerabilities
  5. Develop business cases for adaptation measures
  6. Work with partners

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Decarbonisation

Mitigation

Decarbonise our fleet and operations.

  1. Bus fleet decarbonisation
  2. Rail fleet decarbonisation
  3. Ancillary fleet decarbonisation
  4. Decarbonisation of properties
  5. Develop net/carbon zero commitment

Net zero business by 2045
Zero-emission bus fleet in the UK by 2035
Non-diesel rail fleet by 2035
By 2035 reduce carbon emissions by 75%

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Air quality

Mitigation

Reduce our negative impact on air quality by reducing emissions: CO, HCs, NOx, PM.

  1. Improve bus fleet by procuring electric vehicles
  2. Purchase new buses at the latest emissions standards
  3. Remove older lower emissions standards vehicles from the fleet
  4. Work on bus priority solutions with local authorities

By 2025 reduce:
Carbon monoxide (CO) by 17%
Hydrocarbons (HC) by 49%
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 63%
Particulate matter (PM) by 55%

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Water

Mitigation

Reduce our water footprint by embedding responsible water management practices.

  1. Address leaks better
  2. Reduce third party use of our water
  3. Reduce water use
  4. Improve water sourcing

By 2025 reduce water use by 25%

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Waste

Mitigation

Reduce our overall waste volumes and increase reuse and recycling, by implementing waste initiatives.

  1. Improve rail and bus waste management contracts
  2. Increase recycling rates
  3. Behaviour change programmes for customers and colleagues
  4. Reduce waste in supply chain and operational activities

By 2025, increase waste recycling rate to 60%

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How we will deliver our ambitions

Rigorous governance

Overseen by our Executive Team and Board Members

Carbon, Colleagues, Cost, Customers

Assessing initiatives with the ‘four Cs’ framework

Behaviour change

Amongst colleagues, customers and stakeholders

Influencing and partnering

With stakeholders – public/private approach is critical

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Climate change strategy

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