Stagecoach celebrates six million zero-emission journeys milestone in Aberdeen

Stagecoach's electric bus fleet was launched in Aberdeen in April 2022
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Stagecoach is celebrating World Environment Day by marking six millions journeys made on their zero emission electric vehicles in Aberdeen.

A fleet of 35 electric double decker buses have been operating in the city for two years, including on the 727 route which serves Aberdeen International Airport and the P&J Live arena.

And as of June 2024, a total of 6,196,218 journeys have been made on their fleet of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

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World Environment Day, held annually on June 5, brings people together from across the globe. The UN international day has become the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet.

David Beaton, Managing Director Stagecoach North Scotland, said: "Reaching the milestone of six million zero-emission journeys is a fantastic achievement for us. We are proud of our commitment to sustainable travel in Aberdeen and across the north of Scotland."

Last month Stagecoach announced that its near-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets have been approved by corporate climate action organisation, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Stagecoach was supported in developing its climate change targets by specialist consultancy, Net Zero International.

The carbon reduction commitments include a 55.6% reduction in scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by FY2032, with a 54.6% reduction in scope 3 emissions (compared to FY2019 levels) in line with the latest science on a 1.5°C global warming. Stagecoach has also committed to continue to source 100% renewable energy through to FY2030.

Bringing together over 8,000 companies taking action across the globe and more than 5,300 businesses with a science-based target, the SBTi and its partners (CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature enable organisations across the globe to take action on the climate crisis.

Stagecoach is a signatory to the United Nations Global Combat and was recently awarded A- for climate change leadership by CDP.

SBTi develop standards, tools and guidance which allow companies to set GHG emissions reductions targets in line with what is needed to keep global heating below catastrophic levels and reach net-zero by 2050.

Greg Ritt, Head of Sustainability at Stagecoach, said: "We’re delighted that our near-term commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been approved by SBTi as aligning to the latest scientific evidence on climate change.

"There is much work to do, but the SBTi's validation strengthens further our sustainability strategy commitments to minimise carbon emissions and support the prosperity of the local communities that we serve."