Translink is the main provider of public transport services throughout Northern Ireland and cross border. We offer people the opportunity to connect sustainably for work, education, health, shops, leisure and social activities which helps to create a cleaner, healthier and greener society.
Making public transport the first choice for travel, today, for tomorrow
The climate challenge
At Translink we know that Climate change is the most pressing environmental challenge of our time, with overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to act now. The scale of the challenge demands a step change in both the breadth and scale of ambition, and we all have a duty to act quickly and decisively to reduce emissions.
Our mission is to lead the transport transformation in Northern Ireland. By creating advanced public transport services and integrated networks which connect people and communities, enhance the economy, improve health and environmental wellbeing for all.
Working to achieve net zero across the business by 2040 we want to go beyond this to become Climate Positive by 2050. To achieve our decarbonisation targets, Translink has launched a Climate Positive Strategy across the entirety of our operations, including bus and rail fleets, buildings, estate and all associated aspects.
Investing in climate action
We have already started on the road to zero emissions by introducing three new hydrogen powered electric vehicles at the end of last year. This development heralded a new era for public transport with Ireland’s first fuel cell electric double-decker buses, powered by renewable hydrogen, which are now in service.
The project is an innovative private and public sector collaboration between Translink, Energia Group and Wrightbus, supported by the Department for Infrastructure and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
We have furthered our Climate Positive philosophy with the order of an additional 100 zero emission vehicles – 80 battery electric and 20 hydrogen-fuel cell.
These investments will see Translink having the 4th largest Zero Emission bus fleet across all UK regions. It also helps us in our target to operate with a zero emission fleet in Belfast and Derry-Londonderry by 2030, and 50% reduction in greenhouse gases across the business.
Alongside these new buses comes new infrastructure developments to support them – including new fuelling stations powered with green energy from wind farms.
First steps to net zero
We have already made significant progress in reducing CO2 emissions and as a responsible business we will continue to be more efficient with our own energy use and encourage our customers to do the same.
The development of the new Glider uses an environmentally responsible fleet of hybrid vehicles, demonstrating a 10% to 40% improvement in fuel efficiency, compared with current double-deck buses in Belfast, and 90% reduction in NOx and particulate matter emissions.
Public Transport for the future
We actively promote the environmental and societal benefits of our bus and rail services as a better, more sustainable travel solution for modern healthy living through excellent customer service, innovative marketing and network design.
As Northern Ireland’s key public transport provider, we accommodate almost 85 million passenger journeys every year supporting the economic growth, social inclusion and wellbeing of the local communities we serve. This will be increasingly important in a post-covid world as public transport will be key to building back more responsibly for a better, greener economic recovery.
We are just at the beginning of this exciting new journey which has huge potential and many opportunities to make a difference to the world we live in, and we look forward to marking some major milestones and affecting real change on both a local and global scale to improve the world we live in.
“Translink is leading the transport transformation to net zero emissions with ambitious plans to be net zero by 2040. We’ve signed Business in the Community’s Climate Action Pledge and are responding to the climate emergency, driving positive change for a healthier and more sustainable transport that will be the first choice for travel today, for tomorrow. We also want to inspire others to take action as we all work towards a greener recovery, the Hub is the perfect platform for this.”
Chris Conway, Group CEO of Translink and Chair of Business in the Community
For more information, visit www.translink.co.uk