Ahead of World Environment Day (5 June 2021), Translink’s Chief Executive Chris Conway welcomed Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Kate Nicholl, to her new role this week with a tour of a new zero emission hydrogen bus and on-board discussion about the importance of a Green Recovery as lockdown eases.
During her time in office, Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl will be taking on an environmental challenge every month and for the month of June, Translink is challenging the Lord Mayor to use public transport at least twice a week for her journey to City Hall.
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said:
“Using more public transport is a vital step in tackling the climate emergency we all face, improving air quality and delivering a healthier and more sustainable future for people across Northern Ireland.
“It’s fantastic that the Lord Mayor has pledged to use more public transport as her first Eco-Challenge in office and we hope her actions will encourage others to use public transport as a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.
“Our team is working hard to ensure the highest standards in safety, comfort and convenience for our customers and we look forward to welcoming more people on board our services in the weeks and months ahead.”
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl said:
“I’m delighted to have a monthly mayor’s environmental challenge, set in conjunction with organisations across Belfast City. Who better than Translink to give me my first challenge, to take public transport twice a week, given their focus on the green recovery of not just the city but the entire region.
“Translink’s plans for net zero emission transport is crucial in our fight against climate change – it is ‘Our Belfast’ and collectively, we need to come together to build back better. I hope councillors, businesses and the public will also join me in my challenge to get on-board!”
Translink has launched a Climate Positive Strategy and committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040, with the recent introduction of new zero emission hydrogen powered vehicles a key part of this mission. To find out more visit www.translink.co.uk/climate