A ‘Battle Bus’ is coming to Worcester next week as part of an environmental awareness campaign.

The Zero Carbon Tour will come to Worcester on Monday September 20 as the sustainability and net zero certification group, Planet Mark, continues its journey to COP26 in Glasgow in November.

Planet Mark are aiming to raise awareness of the importance of the net zero carbon concept to modern businesses by visiting 30 towns and cities.

The event is being hosted in collaboration with the University of Worcester and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP).

Katy Boom, director of sustainability at the university, said: “Having the bus visit on the first day of teaching is just great.

“Students and staff work so hard to develop projects and integrate the climate emergency and sustainability into their teaching and research.

“It reinforces the learning they will have undertaken by taking an open book sustainability literacy test on enrolment and gives them a chance to be inspired for the forthcoming year learning more about both what’s happening on campus and in the community.”

Gary Woodman, CEO of WLEP, added: “The partnership is pleased to welcome the national net zero tour bus to Worcester.

“The event will explore the challenges and opportunities that climate change present the business community.

“This issue is a key priority within the recently launched Worcestershire Economic Strategy, The Plan for Growth 2040.”

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The tour, featuring the UK’s first 100 per cent electric coach dubbed the ‘Carbon Battle Bus’, will arrive at the University Arena at midday before moving on to the St John’s Campus from 2pm until 4pm.

During this time, guest speakers will educate students and businesses on how they can reduce carbon emissions as part of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign.

Steve Malkin, founder and CEO of Planet Mark, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with the University of Worcester and Worcestershire LEP on this Zero Carbon Tour flagship event as part of the Together For Our Planet campaign in the build up to COP26.

“We look forward to gathering in-person and online with the Worcester community to talk about how all businesses and organisations, no matter their size, can contribute to the fight against climate change by committing to net zero carbon.”