Over two-thirds of Network Rail suppliers pledge to limit carbon emissions
Posted: 12 April 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
67 per cent of Network Rail suppliers have now signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative to reduce their carbon footprint.
Progress is being made by Network Rail and its supply chain on making green commitments, with 67 per cent of suppliers now signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative to reduce their carbon footprint.
Science Based Targets form a key part of Network Rail’s comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Strategy, which sets out a clear pathway to a better, greener railway for Britain. These are independently verified plans to reduce carbon emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Network Rail is the first railway infrastructure body in the world to adopt Science Based Targets to this ambitious level.
Around 97 per cent of Network Rail’s emissions are within scope three, meaning emissions largely come from third parties, including suppliers. To address this, Network Rail’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy includes a target for 75 per cent of suppliers to have their own science-based targets by 2025; a target which Network Rails Commercial & Procurement (C&P) team have announced is already in sight.
The C&P supplier management team has worked alongside transport industry partners to deliver workshops demonstrating the benefits of committing to these targets and sharing industry best practice and ideas for cutting carbon emissions.
Four workshops have been delivered so far, with each one being attended by more than 350 people from the transport sector and supply chain. Further events are being planned for the future.
“Achieving the commitment of more than 60 per cent of our suppliers to adopting Science Based Targets is a really important milestone for us to reach,” Rupa Bhatt, Strategic Supplier Manager for Network Rail, said. “The success of the Science Based Targets workshops is reflected in the growing number of suppliers committing to reducing carbon emissions. We have more to do to achieve our goal but we’re making excellent progress with 67 per cent of suppliers now committed to Science Based Targets by carbon emissions.”
“Rail is already a very environmentally friendly way to travel, however, we can do more and need our suppliers’ help to become an industry powered by renewable energy,” Clive Berrington, Group Commercial and Procurement Director for Network Rail, said. “It is great that our supply chain is rising to this challenge, and we look forward to more companies signing up to science-based targets in future.”