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 40 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 kilometer 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.
Transport is an industry not without its challenges, as it contributes 24% of all CO2 emissions in the UK, and a quarter of CO2 emissions in the EU, some 6% of the total EU emissions (Source: European Commission)
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 was achieved through maintaining both ISO 14001:2004 and 50001:2011 management standards and in 2015 c2c was independently assessed against BS8903 Sustainable Procurement standard.
In 2016 a clear demonstration of our continued commitment in driving sustainability, cutting our energy costs, with proven carbon emissions reduction measures over the last 7 years, saw c2c achieving recertification to the Carbon Saver Standard, again attaining the top Gold Standard status.
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.
c2c will be investing in on-site renewable electricity through Solar PV at a number of stations during 2016.
Site energy efficiency measures
Energy efficient light fittings
Energy efficient light fittings and new control equipment will be installed across our stations during 2016. These installations will reduce the lighting electricity consumption by 40-50% and improve 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.
Shoeburyness Station is both the start of our route and the beginning of our journey in supporting the aims of these and other similar organisations.
There is a small area of land opposite the station, which was overgrown, strewn with waste and used for fly tipping. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear the waste and make the area more accessible and picturesque.
Environment and Energy Targets
Our trains are the single most significant energy use for our business and account for approximately 90% of our total annual energy use. A target was set to reduce our traction energy use per passenger km by 3% based on our 2013 baseline performance. This target has been exceeded in 2014 and 2015 but in 2016 the reduction was below target as a result of the new timetable which introduced additional train services.
Our site energy accounts for the remainder of our annual energy use and as with traction energy we set a target to reduce site electricity by 20% based on our 2013 baseline performance.
c2c aims to use water responsibly and as part of that a target was set reduce total water consumption by 10% based on our 2013 baseline. In 2016 the water consumption increased and this was partly as a result of additional train washing and an increase in tenants at stations.
c2c set a target to divert all non hazardous waste away from landfill by recycling and energy from waste. c2c successfully maintained zero non hazardous waste to landfill for the last two years.