Driving the green revolution

Driving the green revolution

Lothian Buses is seeing its £18.5m investment into turning its fleet green pay dividends after scooping the 'Transport Award' at this year’s VIBES Awards.

VIBES (Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) celebrates the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish companies in reducing their impact on the environment.

The ceremony was held on Tuesday (8 Nov) at the Raddison Blu in Glasgow and saw Lothian Buses chosen from a shortlist of four as a business that has achieved a significant, measurable reduction in its environmental impact through the introduction of sustainable transport practices.

Richard Hall, managing director of Lothian Buses, said: "This award highlights Lothian Buses’ ongoing journey to reduce our impact on the local environment and our commitment to meeting the Scottish Government’s Climate Change targets. We especially pleased to be recognised again having previously won the same award in 2012."

Lothian Buses began improving the environmental quality of its fleet in 2009 with a strategy to ensure it could achieve government set targets to reduce pollution and improve air quality.

The company’s environmental vision has so far seen an £18.5m investment in hybrid vehicles and it currently has 85 hybrid vehicles in service deployed in AQMAs (Air Quality Management Areas).