South West Trains annual Green Week to focus on energy reduction

South West Trains annual Green Week to focus on energy reduction

The South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance is focusing on energy reduction as it takes part in Stagecoach Group’s fifth annual Group-wide Green Week programme next week.

South West Trains has held several Green Week events in the past. However, this will be its first since forming an Alliance with Network Rail last year. Because of this, the focus is on staff engagement, and the launch of a joint environmental strategy.

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, the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance will encourage employees 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.

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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.