Stagecoach is a headline sponsor of an international online conference taking place in November in Perth which will showcase examples of sustainable transport, city design and innovation across Europe. The move marks the 40th anniversary since Stagecoach was founded in Perth in 1980 by Brian Souter and Ann Gloag, and the company retains its headquarters in the city.
The 6 November conference – ‘What will it take to make Perth the most sustainable small city in Europe?’ – has been organised by the Perth City Leadership Forum and is designed to inspire a new vision for Perth, encouraging city leaders to develop a roadmap to become Europe’s most sustainable small city.
The online conference is showcasing cutting-edge case studies from across Europe, including Copenhagen, Malmo, Ghent, and Ii in Finland.
Experts will focus on the development of traffic-free city centres, carbon neutral living, and energy security from city waste, as well as walking and cycling and the concept of 15-minute neighbourhoods.
Martin Griffiths, Stagecoach chief executive, says: “We were founded in Perth 40 years ago and we are proud of our continuing strong links with the city and wider region. Perth has all the qualities needed to become Europe’s most sustainable small city and in Stagecoach and renewable energy company SSE has two major businesses with huge expertise to help make this happen.
“The transport choices we all make are fundamental to delivering a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for Perth and other cities across the country as we look to build back better from the current Covid-19 pandemic. We are delighted to support this major international conference and we look forward to playing a big part in the conversation on how we achieve the city’s vision.”