Intelligent Transport Podcast Episode 20 – Isabel McAllister, First Bus
In this latest episode of the Intelligent Transport Podcast, Editorial Assistant Halimah Haque sits down with Isabel McAllister, Chief Sustainability & Compliance Officer at First Bus, to discuss the company’s ambitious sustainability initiatives and its progress towards achieving a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035.
Beginning the conversation for this episode, Isabel McAllister, Chief Sustainability & Compliance Officer at First Bus, provides valuable insights about her role and the company’s commitment to achieving a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035, highlighting the significance of reducing its carbon footprint, improving air quality and ensuring reliable and efficient public transport services.
Then, we consider the process involved in securing Department for Transport (DfT) approval for boosting the ZEBRA funding to electrify Leicester’s bus depot, along with the integration of electric buses into First Bus’s fleet, Isabel addresses the challenges encountered while transitioning to a fully zero-emission fleet. Particular focus is placed on staff training, charging infrastructure implementation and collaborative efforts with industry partners and government entities to overcome these obstacles.
In the second half of this episode, we focus on the future of First Bus and the broader transportation industry, as Isabel sheds light on the potential advancements and shifts that lie ahead. She focuses on sustainability, electric vehicle adoption and the role of data and customer interface in passenger transport. In addition, Isabel highlights the emerging trend of car rental services as a viable alternative to private car ownership, emphasising its importance not only in urban areas but across the entire UK.
Isabel McAllister serves as the Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer at First Bus, where she leads the company’s environmental initiatives, decarbonisation efforts and fleet product development. With over 20 years of experience in the sustainable built environment sector, Isabel brings a wealth of expertise to her role. She is passionate about integrating sustainability ambition, implementing ESG processes and ensuring compliance within the organisation. Isabel’s appointment comes at a crucial time as First Bus strives to achieve a zero-emission fleet by 2035 and actively minimise its impact on the climate crisis.
Active travel, Air Quality, Alternative Power, Fleet Management & Maintenance, Mobility Services, Passenger Experience, Public Transport, Staff & Skills Development, Sustainable Urban Transport, Workplace