First releases stats on green buses

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FirstGroup has released data on its use of alternative fuels and Euro 6 buses in 2016.

Over the past 12 months, the operator has increased its use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, gas, and electric engines.

Meanwhile, the six months between April and September 2016 saw the mileage driven on Euro 6 engines increase 14 times when compared to the same period in 2015.

Jim Harbidge, Group Head of Environment, said: “The volume of alternative fuels we use – in comparison to standard fuels – is growing every year; a change which is supported by increasing demand for greener alternatives from our customers and passengers.

“FirstGroup is able to meet this demand because we’re at the forefront of our industry in terms of innovative low emission technologies. Others have recognised this too, with our First Bus division recently being crowned Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year 2016.”

In the company’s North American businesses, alternative fuel usage increased by almost 3% in the first half of the 2016/17 year. During this period, more than 63 million miles were travelled by vehicles running on biodiesel, gas, or electricity.

The company also saw 45% growth in liquefied natural gas mileage (LNG) and 22% increase in liquefied petroleum gas.