Stagecoach is planning to reduce its carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions even more with the introduction of greener fuel in nearly 1,000 buses. A new fuel blend has been added to nearly 400 buses and coaches in its West Scotland business and to 530 buses and coaches throughout its business in East Scotland. The new B30 fuel system is a special blend of 30% biofuel and 70% regular diesel. It will cut both businesses’ impact on the environment.
The B30 fuel blend has been put together in partnership with Argent Energy, which makes biofuel from waste products. The companies have worked together on several projects, including the launch of the first ever biofuel buses in the UK in 2007. This fleet of nine buses continues to operate on 100% biofuel. Stagecoach buses in West and East Scotland had already been using a mix of 5% biofuel and 95% regular diesel. The new system is due to substantially cut the group’s carbon footprint by reducing CO2e emissions from the buses and coaches by as much as 22%.
Sam Greer, regional director for Scotland for Stagecoach, says that they are always working to make their business more sustainable. They believe introducing this greener biofuel will make a difference to their carbon footprint. Public transport can have a major role in reducing climate change. New technology, like improved environmental monitoring systems and biofuel, is vital if they want to get travellers to switch from owning a car to riding their greener, smarter buses.
Stagecoach is on year three of a five-year strategy (Revolution in the Way We Travel) to cut its carbon footprint. It’s targeting an overall 3% cut in CO2e emissions from annual fleet transport and an 8% reduction from buildings by April 2014. Separate stretching targets have been set for all its rail and bus businesses, which are supported with an £11 million investment initiative.
However, it has also been taking action for several more years to reduce carbon emissions among its vehicles and buildings. The results of this show that the group is making good progress. Relative to the turnover of its businesses in the UK, the company has reduced carbon emissions by 5.6% over the two years to 30 April last year. This is a result of a package of measures created to make a more sustainable business. This cut follows a 5.7% improvement in carbon efficiency over the three years to 30 April 2009.
Stagecoach is also investing in a hi-tech, eco-driving system that’s due to cut fuel consumption in its bus division by 4%. This also offers staff the chance to earn “green points”, which can be turned into financial benefits. Another of the company’s initiatives is investing in new hybrid electric buses. It has ordered over 200 of them for its UK operations, which will provide a 30% reduction in carbon emissions.
On top of this, Stagecoach is installing an intelligent light system at several of its railway stations and bus depots. The new system uses movement sensors to determine how much light is required. Improving its depots’ and offices’ energy management systems to cut carbon emissions is another way its improving its business. The company also has several other sustainability initiatives underway.