Network Rail have become the world’s first railway company to commit to science-based targets to limit global warming.
Science-based targets provide companies with a clear pathway to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, indicating how much they need to and how quickly. Targets that limit emissions to a 1.5 degrees celsius warming scenario are considered the most ambitious and that is exactly what Network Rail has committed to doing.
Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said:
“Rail is already the cleanest and greenest mode of transporting large numbers of people and goods, but we’re committed to cutting our carbon footprint even further.
“We’re on an important journey – to support the government’s target of being net-zero by 2050, to help the country build back better as we recover from the pandemic and to help passengers and freight users make the greenest choices they can.”
The company have already made strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions with all the energy used to power stations, depots and offices coming from renewable sources. Network Rail are also trialling moving their road fleet to electric vehicles as well.
As well as having their own targets, Network Rail are keen to help their wider supply chain set science-based targets, such as manufacturing and construction companies.
Safety, technical and engineering director at Network Rail, Martin Frobisher, explained:
“Most of our carbon emissions come from our supply chain, so we need to give our suppliers confidence that we are serious about this and must make the changes needed to meet these challenging targets.
“Many of our suppliers are already making great strides to this end which we can learn from. Working with them to find creative engineering solutions and clever ways to reduce the energy we consume, for example, is key to delivering these targets.”