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Network Rail launches Environment Sustainability Strategy

Network Rail has set out how it will tackle decarbonisation with greener trains as part of its Environment Sustainability Strategy.

The document sets out Network Rail's key priorities to deliver a low emissions railway between 2020 and 2050, including focussing on greener trains and infrastructure, improving air quality at its stations and playing its part in boosting the UK's model shift from road to rail.

Network Rail has also committed to converting 100% of its vehicle fleet to ultra-low emission technology by 2034.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said that while rail is starting from a strong position, he wants to see the sector powering Britain’s green economic recovery as the country builds back better from Coronavirus.

Haines said: “This is a guide to how we should think, plan and manage the way our railway is run.

“Some of the steps on this journey are ones we can take now. Others will develop over time. 

“They will lead us towards a railway which cuts its emissions to a minimum, prepares for climate change, protects and strengthens lineside habitats and limits the impact of the waste and plastic pollution we create.

“This strategy is not an addition to the goals we have set for the organisation. Nor is it just a piece of dutiful good housekeeping.

“To me it is central to the way we work.”

The strategy document focuses on four key areas, including:

  • A low-emission railway.
  • A reliable railway service that is resilient to climate change.
  • Improved biodiversity of plants and wildlife.
  • Minimal waste and sustainable use of materials.

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