The ISO50001 landmark, accredited by the International Standards Organisation, is a standard of excellence for energy management. Oxford Bus Company was awarded the certificate as part of the Go-Ahead Group of transport operators, which is the first bus group in the UK to achieve this recognition.
The award is evidence of Oxford Bus Company’s commitment to emissions reduction, a smaller carbon footprint and improved air quality. The city of Oxford has had a Low Emission Zone since 2014 and Oxford Bus Company was one of the first in the world to invest in diesel-electric hybrid buses to reduce emissions.
In 2013 Oxford Bus Company became the first Oxfordshire business to develop a community-benefit renewables project with the Low Carbon Hub; a commitment that led to the Company being commended by the Prime Minister. Solar PV was installed on the depot roof in Cowley, Oxford and this produces electricity for the Company, with profits being used to fund local community projects.
In 2016 the company invested in the latest generation LED lighting to further reduce the carbon footprint of its depot premises. Initiatives such as these have seen site energy usage fall by more than 40% over the last 5 years.
We’re now in the process of upgrading buses from Low Emission ‘Euro V’, to Ultra Low Emission ‘Euro VI’ standard, to reduce the levels of harmful exhaust emissions by as much as 90%. We continue to strive for improvements.