Northern Rail is celebrating the award of two internationally recognised Environmental standards. The accolades come on the back of a wave of focussed changes to how Northern contributes to environmental sustainability.
Northern has been certified to BS EN 16001 for its Energy Management System, and is the first British company to be certified this standard by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited.
This recent certification follows on from the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard in 2010. The awards recognise Northern’s commitment to implementing processes to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment.
Dr Karen Booth, Head of Sustainability at Northern, said: “We have an established vision, which is to be the train operator making the most positive contribution to environmental sustainability. We recognise we have a moral and legal responsibility to minimise the adverse effects of our activities and that the majority of aspects of our operations consume energy.
“We have always been clear that our approach goes beyond avoiding pollution and legal compliance. Achieving certification to ISO14001 and RS EN 16001 is a very important strand in our strategic approach”.
David Derrick, UK Business Centre Manager for LRQA commented: “As the first British company we certified to this important new energy standard, this certification endorses a demonstrable commitment by Northern Rail to continually improve its energy efficiency companywide, across its trains, support vehicles, depots, stations and offices.”
Dr Booth continues: “The achievement of the standards has taken a lot of work, firstly ensuring that our data management processes are robust; identifying key objectives to improve our performance; delivering new initiatives and finally engaging with our employees. We are proud to say we have an active group of environmental champions that help us achieve our objectives in this important area.”
Northern is investigating alternative and renewable sources of energy, and has a policy of reducing wasteful energy consumption by only using energy where needed. This entails ensuring lighting, heating and cooling are only used when necessary and not when desired.
Northern is working to ensure new infrastructure projects and vehicle specifications are designed to maximise energy efficiency. Another important aspect of Northern’s strategy is to promote awareness of its staff on the impact of their activities on energy consumption, and to develop energy programmes focussed on the wider community.