Thinking about tomorrow with the actions we take today. c2c provides passenger rail services with low carbon emissions compared to many other forms of transport. Being a public transport company we are constantly looking at reducing our emissions through a series of low carbon sustainable, innovative transport improvement plans. Every year more than 47 million passenger journeys are made on our trains. Our services make an important contribution in reducing carbon emissions from travel because trains produce fewer emissions per passenger kilometre than other forms of transport such as car or air travel. A series of carbon reduction programs linked to energy use in buildings, effective waste management and the broader supply chain supports this and addresses our static emissions. The key environmental issues for our business are; mitigating and adapting to the climate change agenda, driving responsibilities and programs to manage waste sustainably and use water responsibly.
Climate change performance
As a business we actively respond to both the climate change and resource efficiency agenda by managing our greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water and embodied energy performance via our supply chain. Reducing our emissions is a priority for c2c. We conduct a variety of programs aimed at reducing them which makes sense both environmentally and commercially, especially where energy use reduction is achieved delivering immediate cost efficiencies and sustainable benefits.
Driving environmental excellence and beyond
One of our key goals to achieve “Excellence” in our environmental performance is to ensure external standards are maintained throughout. Our continued goal in reaching this is achieved through maintaining both ISO 14001:2015 and 50001:2011 management standards and in 2015 c2c was independently assessed against BS8903 Sustainable Procurement standard.
Environmental management & protection
Safeguarding and protecting the natural environment is a dedicated practice that c2c embraces in the areas that we operate. We maintain organisational structures, management systems, procedures and training that ensure compliance with all EU and UK regulatory frameworks. The c2c continues to have zero prosecutions, enforcement notices, breaches or violations.
Sustainable Procurement Strategy
Ensuring our procurement activity is outcome-focused we have defined deliverables that cover:
- Environmental issues – the non-exploitation of raw materials and natural resources, helping to reduce our CO2 emissions
- Social issues – the procurement of Fair trade products and a pledge to ethical sourcing practices/signatory schemes (via fair pricing and sourcing policies)
- Economic issues – the further promotion of equal pay, providing opportunities for SMEs and other diverse suppliers (agreements are at fair and viable margins)
- Engaging with our suppliers to ensure they recognise and understand their role in supporting these objectives is vital to the delivery of our corporate objectives
c2c recognises the need to manage waste effectively, use and conserve water sustainably and contribute positively to air quality improvements. The management of the waste strategy involves the continuing education and support within the business. The adoption of the waste hierarchy, coupled with new elimination and reduction programs, are key elements to hitting the environmental targets. In 2017/18 zero non hazardous waste was sent to land fill.
c2c will be investing in on-site renewable electricity through Solar PV at a number of stations during 2018.
Site energy efficiency measures
Energy efficient light fittings
Energy efficient light fittings where installed on station platforms during 2016/17. These installations have reduced the lighting electricity consumption by 40-50% and improved the lighting quality.
Along the c2c route into London are a number of wasteland areas and we have an interest in sensitively developing and managing the fauna, flora and habitats in these types of area. We support the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which aim to promote the conservation and study of nature, and to educate the public in understanding and appreciating nature. We also work with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which supports biodiversity schemes contributing to the halt and reverse of declines in the UK’s bumblebees by managing land in a bee-friendly way.
Environment and Energy Targets
Traction Energy The total kWh/per passenger km for 2017/18 was 0.0752 against the target of 0.0747 which was an increase of 0.001 on the previous year.
Traction Energy The total kWh/vehicle mile was 3.0140 against a target of 3.39 which was a reduction of 0.0054 on the previous year.
Non Traction Energy The total kWh was 648990 against a target of 719190 which was a reduction of 65952kWh on the previous year.
Non Traction co2 The total non traction kg co2 was 211939 against a target of 332402 which was a reduction of 56332kg co2 on the previous year.
Traction co2 The total traction kg co2 was 2476975 against a target of 2993350 which was a reduction of 346289kg co2 on the previous year.
Water The total water consumption was 6560m³ against a target of 6705m³ which was an increase of 885m³ on the previous year.