Who We Are and What We Do

Who are we and what do we do

We are a socially-responsible business, committed to reducing the environmental impact of our activities both internally and externally.

Our environmental impact includes internal operations and the resources that we use during the day to day running of our garages. We have offices, canteens, engineering workshops and maintenance works which are primarily operational 24 hours, 7 days per week.

Our people play an active part in implementing the strategies that help to meet our targets and achieve the environmental goals we believe are important.

Resource Efficiency

Waste management

Lothian makes every effort to reduce the amount of waste we produce, minimising pollution from landfill activity and recycling as much material as we can.

Lothian has three canteens across our garages serving hot food to hundreds of staff members every week. We don’t use any polystyrene food packaging, instead using biodegradable products from supplier Vegware. Vegware is an Edinburgh-based company that produces compostable packaging made from plants, and can be disposed of in our food waste stream. From this investment we have diverted waste from our general waste stream and introduced a sustainable packaging alternative.


We are careful to minimise our consumption of water with upgraded office facilities and bus-wash recycling schemes.

The bus wash in action during Doors Open Day at Central in Annandale Street. (c) Wullie Marr Photography


From the incorporation of energy efficiency good practice, and lowering electricity usage as a whole, Lothian is making carbon savings across all sites.


We help to reduce pollution caused by car usage by encouraging staff to commute sustainably and actively. To this end, every colleague in the Lothian Group is issued with a staff Ridacard for free travel across our network, valid also on Edinburgh Trams. Colleagues also receive a generous discount on one additional travel card for a member of their household to further promote sustainable travel across Edinburgh and the Lothians.