Environmental and Energy Policy

We are committed to sustainable development and recognise the social value created by protecting environment capital.

So, we have set ourselves key objectives to reduce carbon emissions and reliance on natural resources, minimising waste and optimising disposal and by actively protecting natural resources, in line with the Rail industry sustainable development principles.

Below you will find our latest Enviroment and Energy Policy.

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway operate suburban and regional services radiating from Birmingham as well as suburban, regional and inter-regional services from London Euston to Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Crewe, and Liverpool.

A key objective in WMR/LNR’s approach to sustainable development is the creation of social value by protecting environmental capital. We will achieve this by reducing carbon emissions and reliance on natural resources, minimising waste and optimising disposal and by actively protecting natural resources, in line with the Rail industry sustainable development principles. To achieve our objective, we are committed to:

  • Working in partnership with colleagues, customers, communities, the supply chain and wider stakeholders to educate, learn, share best practice and continually improve our environmental and energy performance
  • Complying with all legal, regulatory and other requirements and aspiring to exceed them where possible
  • Managing environmental and energy performance as an integral part of our business model
  • Ensuring we have the resources in place, be that human or financial, to deliver. We will ensure all employees have the skills and capability to help us deliver our objectives.

Our key target areas are to:

  • Maintain an Environmental Management System and an Energy Management System certificated to ISO14001:2015 and ISO50001:2011 respectively.
  • Set baselines and subsequent targets for improvement, and measure, monitor and review on a regular basis, specifically to ensure energy consumption and associated carbon emissions are considered in the planning, design and implementation of business activities.
  • Reduce traction carbon in kgCO2e/vehicle-km by 49% (vs 2015/16 baseline) by end of franchise. 11% will be through WMT’s own activities.
  • Reduce non-traction energy consumption by 21% throughout the franchise. Minimise waste production and maximise re-use and recycling across the business. To recycle 90% of recyclable waste and ensure no waste is sent to landfill.
  • Reduce the risk of pollution and emissions from operations, especially noise and vibration, spills and leaks and exhaust emissions.
  • Reduce water consumption and improve its measurement and monitoring, through the fitment of automated meter readers across the business by 2020
  • Develop a biodiversity management plan for the estate and achieve approval from the Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Scheme, for work undertaken within WMT to increase Biodiversity on our estate.
  • Develop schemes to encourage sustainable travel modes to and from our stations.
  • Include sustainable design principles (addressing issues including energy, material use, landscape, biodiversity, noise) in all new assets, and new stations constructed under our control will achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
  • Commit to ensuring our approach to procurement is sustainable. We will ensure our approach is in line with BS8903 Level 4 by 2020.

This policy will be reviewed annually as part of the maintenance of our Environmental & Energy Management Systems.

Issue 03 – Jan 2020

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