Transport group aims to slash emissionsJune 2010
Stagecoach has announced an £11million ($16.8m, €12.7m) carbon investment as part of a five-year sustainability strategy aimed at cutting 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from its operations.
The UK-based transport group will centre its efforts on the UK and North America, targeting carbon reductions in buildings and bus and rail transport – and investing in fuel efficiency, staff training and technology research.
By 2014 the company hopes the strategy, which is expected to pay for itself within two years, will reduce fleet emissions by three per cent and emissions from its depots and other buildings by eight per cent.
Stagecoach will start training drivers, managers and staff in using energy more economically, teaching ‘eco-driving techniques’ to all its 14,000 UK bus drivers. ‘Energy wardens’ will be introduced on some train routes.
At the same time the company will introduce new procurement policies, buildings manuals and ‘communication plans to raise awareness and encourage greener workplace practices’.
The company, which employs 30,000 people on its bus, rail and tram services worldwide, will work with the UK’s government-backed infrastructure provider, Network Rail, to reduce electricity use through the introduction of ‘regenerative braking’ – where energy used in breaking is recycled – on some train routes.
It will also roll out the use of a special additive that improves fuel efficiency and lowers emissions by five per cent in an attempt to curb consumption – partly in reaction to the doubling of fuel costs over the past three years.
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