FirstGroup makes environmentally friendly list

FirstGroup is ranked 125th of 200 entrants in the 2023 Clean200 report. FirstGroup is one of only six UK companies to be included in the sustainability rankings and is the only passenger transport operator based in Europe to be listed in this year’s report, making the list for the fourth year in succession.

The annual Clean200 report is produced by sustainable business media group Corporate Knights in partnership with U.S. not-for-profit organisation, As You Sow. The report ranks the world’s largest publicly listed companies by their total clean energy revenues from products and services that provide solutions for the planet and a cleaner future.

Among FirstGroup’s efforts to provide a green service, its First Bus division has vowed to no longer purchase new diesel buses and is committed to achieving a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035. As part of this commitment, and with the help from the Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) funding, in 2022 First Bus placed one of the UK’s largest ever electric vehicle orders with UK manufacturer Wrightbus, securing a further 193 electric buses to be allocated between different cities across the UK.

FirstGroup Chief Executive Officer, Graham Sutherland, said: “FirstGroup is committed to accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon world to help address the challenges of climate change. We’re pleased that our activities are recognised through our inclusion in this year’s Clean200 list. As a leading provider of bus and rail transport, we have a key role to play in creating a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future.”

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