Sunday 20 May 2012

Stagecoach Green Week 21-25th May

Stagecoach is using its fourth annual Group-wide Green Week to celebrate its environmental achievements so far in a programme of activities planned across the UK.
During the week-long programme of events, the Perth-based company will encourage employees and customers to further drive forward the green agenda with a series of activities taking place across all of its businesses from 21-25 May.
Stagecoach is currently in the third year of a five-year plan to reduce its own carbon footprint as a business. However, the Group has been taking action for a number of years to cut carbon emissions at its buildings and vehicles and the results show that the company is making good progress.
Stagecoach Group reduced carbon emissions relative to the turnover of its UK businesses by 5.6% in the two years to 30 April 2011 as a result of a package of measures designed to make the Group more sustainable. This reduction followed a 5.7% carbon efficiency improvement in the three years to 30 April 2009*.
The Group is continuing to further reduce the impact of its operations on the environment as well as encouraging greater use of public transport to reduce pollution and congestion in towns and cities. Stagecoach is committed to offering motorists a greener, smarter and better value travel option through its network of affordable and high quality bus, coach and rail services.
The following activities will take place throughout Green Week:
• Competitions within the company’s UK Bus, UK Rail and Canadian operations for customers to win free travel on their local services
• A series of green giveaway events and roadshows at bus and rail companies across the UK where employees will hand out thousands of ‘Eco kits’ to passengers
• Employee energy awareness events at many of the Group’s businesses
• Walking and cycling lunchtime activities for staff
• Stagecoach green teams getting involved in local environmental projects
• Green Staff Day encouraging employees to leave their cars at home for the day
• Green schools competitions and family fun days
• Staff raffle competitions with proceeds going to local environmental projects
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Sir Brian Souter said: “Green Week is now an established and important part of our efforts to protect the environment and become a more sustainable business. But we know the global challenge we all face on climate change is not just about what we do during this week, but how we make a difference every day of the year. That's why we will continue to work hard to encourage our staff and help our customers to adopt greener lifestyles.”

David Gambles