Lothian is delighted to be among 35 businesses from across Scotland chosen to receive a Good Practice Award in the 2021 VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards.
The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards rewards, recognises and promotes environmental best practice that brings benefits to business and the wider community.
As one of Scotland’s leading transport operators, Lothian’s easy-access fleet is among the most modern and environmentally-friendly in the UK and now includes the city’s first zero-carbon electric double decker buses.
We have invested over £78 million since 2011 in a bid to reduce our emissions, and during this period, more than 300 vehicles have been replaced with more efficient, lower emission vehicles. Our Bus 2020 strategy was developed and implemented with the aim of achieving a wide range of environmentally focused goals, including a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 42%, as well as a significant reduction in energy consumption, water use and waste generation. Bus 2020 also resulted in the removal of over 12,000 tonnes of CO2, 50 tonnes of NOx and 280kg of particulate matter from our operations.
Building on Bus 2020, we are working more closely with Green Tourism to develop a new innovative and forward-thinking strategy which will include an evaluative online ‘Sustainability Assessment’ platform which has been designed to allow us to demonstrate our environmental performance to internal and external stakeholders in real-time. This will enable Lothian to prioritise actions in key areas to develop a robust sustainability framework going forward from 2021.
Claire McVicar, Environmental Officer for Lothian, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards, this year in particular, given the COP26 summit will be held in Scotland and world leaders will be descending on Glasgow at the end of the month to set out their plans on tackling runaway climate change.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, we worked tirelessly to keep Edinburgh moving and our customers and colleagues safe, and were still able to fulfil a significant order for additional Euro 6 buses, allowing us to remove some of our older vehicles from the fleet.
“Our vision is to be an integral part of the future success of Edinburgh and the Lothians by providing world class environmentally-friendly and socially inclusive transport. We will continue to invest in technology – and people – to make sure our services exceed the needs and expectations of our customers as we work towards the City of Edinburgh Council’s goal of becoming a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030.”
A virtual awards ceremony to congratulate all of the award winners took place today, Tuesday 19 October 2021, at 10.30am.