Top marks for Go-Ahead’s carbon cutting initiatives

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The Go-Ahead Group has received an ‘A minus’ rating from CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for the second year in a row – the highest score of any UK public transport company. CDP is an international, expert group that reviewed more than 13,000 companies worldwide for its 2021 rankings.

Go-Ahead has reduced CO2 emissions per vehicle mile by 25% in just under five years from a 2016-17 baseline across its UK, Ireland and Singapore bus operations. The Group is one of the largest electric bus operators in the UK, and owns one of the largest electric bus garages in Europe, Northumberland Park in London, which is set to be the site of new ‘Bus2Grid’ technology.

The group was the pioneer of ‘geo-fenced’ technology in Brighton with buses that operate in zero emission mode in the city’s clean air zone, and ‘air filtering’ buses in Southampton. It has also ordered 20 hydrogen-fuelled buses that will come into service in Summer 2022.
The company saw a 5% improvement in Govia Thameslink Railway’s electric fleet efficiency in 2019/2020 and has committed to improving carbon efficiencies in its rail fleets in the UK, Germany and Norway.

Commercial and Customer Director Mark Anderson said: “Public transport is part of the solution for fighting climate change and poor air quality. We therefore need to ensure we’re doing everything we can to provide green, clean services for our passengers. Our ‘A minus’ rating shows there’s still more we can, and plan to do, to fighting climate change, but we’re well on our way.”

Following a transformation to house nearly 100 new zero-emission electric buses, Northumberland Park is now one of the biggest electric bus facilities in Europe. GO-AHEAD GROUP