Perth firm Stagecoach in greener fuel move

Stagecoach bus Stagecoach is half way through a five-year plan to reduce its carbon footprint as a business

Related Stories

Stagecoach has introduced greener fuel on more than 900 vehicles in its Scottish bus fleet as part of a drive to cut its CO2 emissions.

A new mix of fuel will be used by 530 buses and coaches across its East Scotland business and almost 400 vehicles at Stagecoach West Scotland.

The new fuel blend uses a mix of 30% biofuel and 70% standard diesel.

The Perth-based transport group said buses in both areas previously used a mix of 5% biofuel and 95% diesel.

The new fuel is expected to cut CO2 emissions from the vehicles by up to 22%.

The B30 fuel blend was introduced in partnership with Motherwell-based Argent Energy, which manufactures biofuel from waste products.

Argent Energy and Stagecoach have worked together on a number of projects, including the launch of bio-buses in Kilmarnock in 2007 - a fleet of nine buses which operate using 100% biofuel.

Carbon footprint

Stagecoach regional director for Scotland Sam Greer said: "We are constantly striving to make our business more sustainable and we believe the introduction of this greener biofuel will make a real difference to our carbon footprint as a company.

"Public transport can play a key role in reducing climate change and new technology, such as the use of biofuel and improved environmental monitoring systems, is crucial if we are to get people to switch from the car on to our greener smarter bus services."

Stagecoach is currently in the third year of a five-year plan to reduce its own carbon footprint as a business.

The group said it had reduced carbon emissions relative to the turnover of its UK businesses by 5.6% in the two years to 30 April 2011 as a result of a package of measures designed to make the group more sustainable.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland business stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases


  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up


  • Jamal Bryant'Buying black'

    Ferguson campaign targets Black Friday


  • Walmart employees and supporters block off a major intersection near the Walton Family Foundation to stage a protest calling for $15 an hour and consistent full-time work in downtown Washington October 16, 2014. Black mark

    Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out

Programmes

  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.