Nobina’s most important environmental goals
Nobina has identified its most important environmental goals in order to better guide our work and prioritize efforts concerning the global climate goals for lower greenhouse gas emissions.
1. FROM CAR TO BUS
More people sharing resources means fewer cars on the roads and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The more people that choose to travel with us, the better it is for the environment, our economy and society at large. Increasing public transport is the nature of our business and we work with that mission on many levels. For example, revenue models that incorporate (to some degree) incentives enable us to impact the number of passengers. We also cooperate with the PTA and municipality within the scope of each individual contract. Furthermore, we contribute via active dialogue with stakeholders, where we promote arguments in favor of public transport, regardless of whether Nobina is selected as the public transport service provider. A key component is creating maximum benefits for passengers who decide to travel with us. Additionally, it is important to communicate the positive effects of increased travel by bus.
2. LOWER THE SHARE OF EMPTY BUSES IN TRAFFIC
The better we plan traffic, streamline production and avoid running empty buses, the more value we provide to passengers and society.
Lowering the percentage of empty buses in traffic is an important concept and it is necessary in order to achieve smart traffic planning. The goal is to provide services (i.e. buses that run frequently) in line with passenger needs. However, filling the buses with passengers is also critical to our ability to lower emissions and conserve our finite resources. One important aspect is optimizing schedules to minimize idle time and having empty buses in traffic. Another is working out the lowest possible distance between the bus parking lot and the first stop. The more cooperation and dialogue we have with PTAs, the easier it is to adapt public transport to passenger needs, while simultaneously minimizing the environmental impact.
3. LOWER FUEL CONSUMPTION
Through active resource management, like use of The Green Journey software, we promote conservative driving and thereby lower fuel consumption.
There are clear operational goals, as well as financial incentives, to limit fuel consumption in current contracts. An important tool for Nobina is “The Green Journey” concept. It involves training drivers to drive in a gentler, more efficient way. The measurement equipment on board each bus is used to monitor how successful each individual driver is in his or her efforts to drive conservatively by registering and evaluating fuel consumption, acceleration and braking. Analyses show that, on average, training and follow-up on driving style reduces fuel consumption by 5–7 percent.
4. HIGHER SHARE OF RENEWABLE FUEL
Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced when there is less fossil energy consumed per passenger-kilometer, i.e. a higher percentage of vehicles that run on biofuel or electricity.
It is a Swedish political goal to have 90 percent of the buses in traffic running on renewable fuel by 2020. To reach that goal, traffic companies must adapt bus fleets and increase the share of buses that run on renewable fuel. In the tender documentation from PTAs, it is standard that fuel types and emission levels are specified. However, there is wide variation in the other requirements specified by PTAs. Nobina estimates that its bus fleet currently consists of at least 30 percent that run on renewable fuel. We are striving to reach the 2020 goal and believe that doing so is entirely possible, especially as old contracts are replaced by new ones, where the use of renewable fuel is increasingly stated as one of the requirements.