ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE TRANSPORT

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Protecting the environment is always a priority for us at Redwing Coaches. As a coach company, we are fully committed to reducing environmental impact wherever possible, starting by encouraging large groups of people to opt for coaches rather than individual cars. Travelling by coach causes less pollution (per passenger per kilometre) than the equivalent journey made by train or car. Travelling by coach also significantly reduces road congestion. We know this is an important consideration for many of our clients, so find out how we are playing our part in looking after the world around us.

EURO 6

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The ‘Euro’ emission standards, issued in a series of European Union directives, define the acceptable limits for vehicle exhaust emissions. All our coaches are compliant with the Euro 6 standards – we have always made sure our vehicles are ahead of the game, keeping our emissions well below the specified amount. To do this, we:

  • Use new, quality vehicles with the cleanest engines possible.
  • Have idler switches which remind drivers to turn off engines if they remain idle for more than 15 minutes.
  • Maintain our coaches to the highest standards, ensuring that they are running efficiently.

HOW OUR EMISSION CONTROL WORKS

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  • All our coaches are powered by Mercedes Benz engines, which use the DaimlerChrysler proprietary BlueTec® system to control emissions to Euro 6 standards.
  • BlueTec® diesel technology is based on the combination of highly efficient engines and emission control measures using SCR technology.

  • SCR stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction. SCR is a technology that reduces nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas.

  • The engine is optimised for low emissions of diesel particulates and low fuel consumption.

  • By adding a reducing agent, the polluting nitrogen oxides produced during combustion are converted into the two harmless substances of nitrogen and water vapour within the SCR catalytic converter, which also has the effect of significantly lowering particulate emissions.

  • The reducing agent, called AdBlue®, is carried in an auxiliary tank connected to the catalytic converter unit.

THE LONDON LOW EMISSION ZONE (LEZ)

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In order to reduce pollution in London, all coaches operating in the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) must meet new regulations governing particle exhaust emissions set by Transport for London.

To comply with the LEZ standards, and therefore avoid paying a ‘surcharge’ when entering the zone, coaches must meet the Euro standards applicable at the time.

All Redwing’s coaches are LEZ compliant.

REDUCING ROAD CONGESTION

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  • A coach full of passengers takes up far less space on the road than the same number of people travelling by car.

  • Reduced road congestion allows average speeds to rise, which in turn allows engines to operate more efficiently with reduced fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

  • Bus lanes can generally be used by our coaches, thus reducing congestion even further.

  • We also maintain our coaches to the highest standards. Redwing’s maintenance standards are exceptionally high because we employ our own specialist team of mechanics, working in well-equipped, purpose-built garage facilities at our head office coach depot. This helps to ensure that our coaches are operating cleanly and efficiently at all times.

KEEPING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY UP TO DATE

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We are always happy to get on board with new ways of reducing our environmental impact. If you would like to talk to us about our policy and practices, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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