Environment and sustainability 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.

Issue 04 – Feb 2021

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern operates 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 for WMT is improving the sustainability of our business and the wider rail industry by considering and improving upon all aspects of our operations economically, socially and environmentally and ensuring that we operate a responsible business. We aim to improve social value, protect the environment in which we operate, support the economy and local communities and provide a sustainable rail service to the regions we serve. To achieve our objective, we are committed to:

  • Working in partnership with colleagues, customers, communities, the supply chain and wider stakeholders to educate, learn and share best practice- continually improving our environmental and sustainable 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 our combined Environment and Energy Management System certificated to ISO14001:2015 and ISO50001:2018, respectively.
  • Develop and follow a Business Recycling Strategy, aiming to minimise waste production and maximise re-use and recycling across the business through considering all aspects of the waste chain from production to disposal, using the Recycling Strategy Forum to advise and support.
  • Utilise the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Steering Group to evaluate and set baselines and subsequent targets for improvement, ensuring we maintain our progress towards our sustainability goals including protection of the environment, supporting the economy and our local communities. We will continue schemes to encourage modal shift and support integration of the railway within wider transport systems.
  • We will ensure that Sustainable Leadership training is provided for leaders within the business to ensure that sustainable decision making is kept at the forefront of our strategy.
  • Continue to measure, monitor and review our performance on a regular basis, specifically to ensure energy consumption and associated carbon emissions are tracked to reach our reduction targets.
  • Collaborate with the Energy Management Forum to ensure continual reduction in energy consumption for both traction and non-traction areas of the business. We will develop campaigns, educate and continue to reach towards our traction carbon target of an 11% reduction in kgCO2e per vehicle-km and 21% reduction in non-traction energy.
  • Reduce the risk of pollution and emissions from operations, especially noise and vibration, spills and leaks and exhaust emissions and continue to support industry research surrounding air quality on the railway.
  • Reduce water consumption and improve its measurement and monitoring, through the fitment of Low-Flow taps and monitoring our consumption closely.
  • Collaborate with the Wildlife Trust to support, enhance and encourage the growth of biodiversity within our estates, ensuring that we engage with local charities, stakeholders and biodiversity specialists to boost habitats surrounding the railway.
  • We commit to using sustainable design principles (addressing issues including energy, material use, landscape, biodiversity, noise, environment and social concerns) in all new assets, and new stations constructed under our control and follow the principles outlined by CEEQUAL where feasible to do so.
  • Commit to ensuring our approach to procurement is sustainable. We will ensure our approach is in line with ISO20400:2017 and continue to uphold this standard within our procurement process.

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

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