The Go-Ahead Group has said that its emissions targets have been verified as in line with those of the Paris Agreement.
Go-Ahead published plans to achieve a 75 per cent cut in emissions by 2035 and become carbon neutral by 2045.
The plans include decarbonising rail services and the conversion of 5,000 buses to zero-emission vehicles. They are also working to cut water use, improve energy efficiency, and recycle more waste.
Since 2016, Go-Ahead has achieved a 22 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, which it says happened in spite of international expansion.
The SBTi – a collaboration between the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – has certified targets covering greenhouse gas emissions from Go-Ahead’s operations (scopes 1 and 2) are consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C.
Earlier this year, Go-Ahead signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment letter, saying it will align its climate mitigation targets with the aims of the Paris Agreement. To date, 695 companies globally have signed this letter.
Go-Ahead’s interim customer and commercial director, Mark Anderson, said: “This is an important endorsement of our targets by a leading global authority on how best to respond to climate change.
“As a transport operator, we recognise our responsibility to decarbonise our business and we’ve set out an ambitious, but deliverable, timetable to do so. Our actions are only part of the picture though – to truly tackle the climate emergency, it’s vital that travel habits change and that people leave their cars at home in favour of walking, cycling or public transport.”