The company has been awarded the ISO 50001, an International Standards Organisation accreditation which sets the standard of excellence for energy management.
Brighton & Hove Buses’ Managing Director Martin Harris said: “This is recognition of our drive to keep Brighton & Hove Buses at the forefront of emission reduction in our community, and represents a big step forward for the transport industry as a whole.
“The award underlines our commitment to emissions reduction, a smaller carbon footprint and improved air quality. However, this is just the beginning. At a group level, Go-Ahead are targeting a further 20% reduction by 2021 and we’re confident of reaching that ambitious target.”
The company spent £7.76 million last year on 31 almost emissions-free Euro 6 standard buses and aims to operate a zero emissions fleet by 2030.
Judith Turner, Environment and Energy Technical Manager at Lloyd’s Register, the company that runs the accreditation process, said: “Brighton & Hove Buses’ certification to ISO 50001:2011 demonstrates the company’s commitment to energy efficiency and continual improvement.
“Their recently certified energy management system can help them achieve greater carbon and energy reductions, and will take them one step closer to achieving their ambition of positioning public transport as part of the solution to climate change.”
Having already held the certification for rail services, Go-Ahead is the first transport group to secure this globally recognised certification for all its bus and rail UK operations.