FirstGroup recognised in global climate and energy benchmark

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First’s drive to decarbonise its operations has been recognised by the World Benchmarking Alliance’s 2022 Transport Benchmark. JONATHAN WELCH

FirstGroup has been ranked third out of the world’s 90 most influential transport companies in the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)’s 2022 Transport Benchmark, making it the top performing UK transport company in the category.

The WBA is a non-profit organisation that holds 2,000 of the world’s most influential companies accountable for their part in achieving their Sustainable Development Goals. Its climate and energy benchmarks measure corporate progress against the Paris Agreement and whether companies are contributing to a just transition. Graham Sutherland, Chief Executive Officer at FirstGroup, said: “We are delighted to be ranked third in the new WBA Transport Benchmark, making us the best performing UK transport company in our assessed group. Our services play a vital role in creating a connected, healthy, zero carbon world, reducing congestion on the roads, improving air quality and helping to reduce carbon emissions. We welcome the scrutiny provided by this new benchmark, as we continue to take positive steps to align our business with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

Decarbonisation and Energy Transformation Lead, for the World Benchmarking Alliance Vicky Sins said: “FirstGroup is the third highest ranking company in the 2022 Transport Benchmark because of its progress towards decarbonisation. It’s one of the few companies within the transport sector that has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, including interim targets. For all these reasons, we believe that FirstGroup has an important role in helping mobilise the entire transport sector to contribute towards a just low-carbon future.”