TransPennine Express (TPE) has launched a blueprint for sustainability. Quadrant Transport look at how the blueprint will help the train operator become greener and benefit the travelling public.
One focus for TransPennine Express, which runs services across the north of England and into Scotland, is to prioritise where its efforts can have the biggest positive impact to meet the needs of the communities it serves, delivering environmental, social, and financial sustainability.
Delivering Environmental Change Is Key
Concentrating on the delivery of environmental change is a focus of TPE’s strategy. To deliver this change, factors such as reducing emissions, waste and water usage are important.
In addition to this, the strategy outlines the plans for developing and promoting inclusion in the workplace, as well as providing tangible benefits to the local communities.
Since 2015/16 TPE is said to have reduced its emissions related to diesel, and natural gas and purchased electricity by 12 per cent.
With the introduction of the new Nova trains, which include bi-mode and electric trains, customers’ carbon impact has been reduced by 77 per cent compared to travelling by an average car.
Encouraging The Modal Shift Is Essential
Head of Sustainability at TPE, Nicola Martin, said: “Our approach to sustainability is defined by understanding our contribution to society, the economy, and the environment, and what is important to our communities.
Through this understanding we have developed our sustainability strategy in line with the rail industry’s goals for greener transport and encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and turn to rail.
As outlined in the Department for Transport’s Rail Factsheet 2021, rail contributed to 1.7 per cent of total domestic transport greenhouse gas emissions in 2019.
Encouraging the modal shift from road and air to rail is important when it comes to helping to reduce the industry’s carbon emissions. People need interconnected and green transport in order to be encouraged to travel by rail compared to by car.
Nicola added: “Protecting our environment is a key component of our approach to sustainability and reducing our carbon impact will figure prominently in our plans in the coming years.
Travelling by rail is a low carbon option and, when customers travel with us on our new Nova fleet, they are significantly reducing carbon emissions compared to travelling by car.
TPE has also recently added smart water meters to all but one of its stations, helping to monitor consumption, identify and fix leaks more quickly and reduced overall usage.