Busways wins 2022 National Industry Award for Environment and Innovation

Busways Smart ZEB charging optimisation solution is one project considered by the judges
Busways' Smart ZEB charging optimisation solution with Evenergi was just one of many Busways' innovation and environmental projects considered by the judges

Busways is thrilled to be named the winner of the 2022 BIC National Industry Environment and Innovation Award at the 2022 Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) Conference on November 15.

The Award was presented to Busways by BIC Chair Tony Hopkins and Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, The Hon Mark Bailey, for their outstanding results across a wide range of environmental initiatives from the Busways management team and staff.

Busways’ commitment to the environment and focus on innovations such as future mobility trials, zero emission bus rollouts, software to optimise ZEB charging, a switch to environmentally-friendly cleaning products and projects to digitally transform workflow at depots (pictured) contributed to the judges’ decision.

Byron Rowe, Managing Director of Busways thanked the BIC Awards committee and welcomed the Award, saying the Busways leadership team nurtures a culture of continuous improvement under the company’s core value of finding better ways. 

“Our managers are encouraged to visit depots, talk with industry, listen to customers and keep abreast of trends, so as to propose new ideas within the business to keep providing a more sustainable bus service and a better journey experience for our customers,” Mr Rowe said.

“Over our 80-year history we’ve introduced many innovations which are now standard in the bus industry and we’re continuing to work with our clients, customers and partners as we move with the industry into a sustainable future.

“At Busways trial and testing are an important part of the innovation process, with lessons learned opening a pathway to practical innovation for long term improvements.  As a result, there is then an unparalleled willingness to invest in innovation and sustainability projects across the business.”

Busways was nominated by BusNSW after winning the NSW Award in October and BusNSW Executive Director Matt Threlkeld accepted the National Award on behalf of Busways in Brisbane, saying “it was recognition of Busways’ outstanding results across innovation and environmental initiatives”.

Matt Threlkeld of BusNSW accepts the award on behalf of Busways
Matt Threlkeld, Executive Director of BusNSW accepts the BIC National Industry Environmental and Innovation Award on Busways' behalf

Busways is the largest wholly Australian-owned bus operator carrying 26 million passengers a year, with a fleet of over 1,350 and 2600 employees.