News from East Midlands Trains

30.05.2013

East Midlands Trains annual Green Week to focus on energy reduction

  • Sustainability drive incorporates World Environment Day on 5 June
  • Stagecoach Group planning new phase of environmental strategy

East Midlands Trains is focusing on energy reduction as part of Stagecoach Group’s fifth annual Group-wide Green Week programme next week.

To mark the campaign, the train company is planning a series of events between 3 and 7 June.

During the week-long programme of activities, East Midlands Trains will encourage employees and customers to continue driving forward the green agenda.

This year’s Stagecoach Green Week incorporates World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June – a widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action when people from all walks of life can come together to ensure a cleaner, greener outlook for future generations.

Stagecoach Group’s 35,000 employees in the UK and North America have significant environmental achievements to celebrate during Green Week.

The Group has delivered its current five-year targets 12 months ahead of schedule, achieving an overall absolute reduction of 8% in carbon emissions from buildings and a cut of 3% in annual carbon emissions per vehicle mile from fleet transport. Compared to the size of its global operations, Stagecoach has cut the carbon impact (kg CO2 per £ of turnover) of its business in the UK and North America by more than 20% in the past four years.

Earlier this year, figures compiled as part of the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme showed that Stagecoach Group is among the top 10% of large companies in the UK for its performance in reducing the carbon emissions from its business.

The Group’s strategy has been supported by an £11million green investment programme. Employee initiatives and eco teams set up by staff have also helped drive dramatic improvements in energy and carbon efficiency. Last year, Stagecoach Group also retained the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for its action on carbon reduction.

To maintain the momentum of the Group’s programme, work is now underway to develop a new five-year strategy. This will include identifying further cost-effective energy-saving opportunities, continuing investment to make the business greener, and setting new targets around carbon reduction and water consumption.

Green Week aims to raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and passengers through a series of events. At East Midlands Trains, the following activities will be held for staff and customers:

  • Green newsletters being handed out featuring updates on East Midlands Trains’ latest green measures and successes
  • Sharing facts, figures and information with staff about energy use at East Midlands Trains stations and depots as well as tips on ways to save energy
  • Offering guided walks, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust,  on Thursday 6th June at  Attenborough Nature Reserve, an important local Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Installing additional secure cycle storage at the company’s head office in Derby to support staff who cycle to work
  • Posters featuring employees from across Stagecoach Group on display in depots and offices
  • Green poster competitions for child passengers and a local school
  • Green Week Ambassadors promoting and sharing information with other East Midlands Trains employees

East Midlands Trains Managing Director David Horne said: “We have achieved a great deal over several years in reducing the environmental impact of our operations and that is all down to the hard work of our staff.

“There is a lot more we still want to achieve and Green Week helps us to continue the momentum. We will also continue to work hard all year round to attract more people to public transport as well as taking further steps to become a more sustainable business ourselves.”

Stagecoach Group initiatives underway include:

  • investing in a hi-tech eco-driving system, which is expected to reduce fuel consumption at the Group’s bus division by 4%. The scheme also offers employees the chance to earn “green points” that are converted into financial benefits from a potential £900,000 annual bonus pot.
  • becoming the UK bus industry’s leading investor in new hybrid electric buses, which deliver a 30% reduction in carbon emissions compared to standard vehicles. By March 2013, the Group will have around 240 hybrid electric buses in service across the UK, more than any other operator. Furthermore, Stagecoach recently announced that it has ordered an additional 38 hybrid-electric buses for its Manchester operations as well as 17 biomethane gas buses to go into operation in Sunderland in 2014, with support from the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund.
  • increasing the number of vehicles running on biofuel, as well as testing other sustainable recycled biofuels.
  • investing almost £450 million over the past six years in new buses and coaches for the UK with greener engines.
  • installing a new ‘intelligent’ lighting system, which uses movement sensors to determine the amount of light required, at a number of bus depots and railway stations across the UK and in North America.
  • improving energy management systems at offices and depots to reduce carbon emissions from buildings.
  • investing £2.2 million at South West Trains in a major regenerative braking project to save energy on more than 200 trains.
  • introducing an innovative energy-saving engine standby system to reduce carbon emissions from idling trains.
  • reducing the CO2 emissions from our bus fleet in the UK by more than 188,000 tonnes over the past eight years through use of a hi-tech fuel additive.
  • implementing new contracts for waste and recycling at East Midlands Trains which has helped increase the recycling rate at stations to over 70%.
  • cutting gas and energy consumption at South West Trains’ 20 largest stations by 9%, saving 110 tonnes of carbon.
  • taking part in community environmental projects such as the Adopt-a-Road scheme in Canada where Coach Canada employees take part in an annual road clean-up mission on a stretch of road near their head office.

Every year, Stagecoach reports on its carbon emissions through its corporate website, www.stagecoach.com. It also provides information on its global carbon footprint to the Carbon Disclosure Project, the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emissions database.

For further information about Stagecoach visit www.stagecoach.com