TransPennine Express is first TOC declared Carbon Literate

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TransPennine Express (TPE) has been being formally recognised as Carbon Literate – the first time a UK train operator has achieved the standard set by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

The accreditation is internationally recognised and demonstrates recipients are prioritising action to tackle the climate crisis.

TPE says this is the first step in a long-term programme designed to enhance its approach to sustainability and environment awareness.

“I’m delighted that we have been recognised for our commitment to tackle the climate crisis and maintain our low-carbon culture,” said Nicola Martin, TPE’s head of sustainability.

“This accreditation, as a Carbon Literate Organisation, is a visible ‘badge’ that shows our dedication to lead and enable sustainable tourism and transport across the North and beyond. We’ve achieved bronze and are well on our way towards silver.”

Since 2019, TPE has cut its carbon emissions by 18% and its Nova train fleet, which includes bi-mode and electric trains, helps reduce customers’ CO2 contribution by 77% compared to travelling by car.

But being Carbon Literate is about much more than reducing emissions and the award recognises the efforts of companies to address all aspects of sustainability through improved day-to-day working practices.

“More than 85 per cent of our senior management have undertaken Carbon Literacy training bespoke to rail, which gives them the tools and knowledge to take positive action to tackle the climate crisis,” said Nicola.

“This is a great step on our journey to be as environmentally efficient as possible, demonstrating our contribution to net zero ambitions, and reducing our negative environmental impacts.”

Image credit: TransPennine Express

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