Dundee buses shine in air quality scheme

Air Quality January 2014

National Express Dundee has proved its eco credentials by signing up to a green transport scheme which has just been launched in the city. 

The bus operator's newest fleet of nine hybrid-electric double-deckers has qualified the company for membership to ECO Stars.  It's been awarded a rating of two stars following an assessment by industry experts who check each fleet's operational and environmental performance.

The ECO Stars scheme encourages fleet operators to improve air quality by improving efficiency and reducing fuel consumption and emissions; Dundee city council has received funding from the Scottish Government to set up the free initiative as part of its Air Quality Action Plan.  National Express Dundee joined other inaugural local members Asda and Malcolm Logistics recently for the launch of the scheme and award presentation.

National Express Dundee Managing Director Phil Smith said: "We're delighted to work alongside the city council in their efforts to reduce pollution and sign up to the ECO Stars scheme in Dundee.

"We're proud of the contribution our hybrid fleet makes to improving air quality in the city, but there's no room for complacency - this initiative will certainly encourage us to continue to strive for best practice in fuel management and the limitation of emissions, which will of course also reduce our costs and our environmental impact."

There are 11 ECO stars schemes across the UK, with Dundee the latest to join Edinburgh, Falkirk and North Lanarkshire north of the border.

Find out more about the Dundee ECO stars scheme on the Dundee City Council website

Published 20th January 2014