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Our carbon flagship goals build on our previous franchise agreement target for a 30 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent per vehicle km by 1 April 2023 against the 2014 baseline of 1.39 kg/vkm. Through our Net Zero goals we are targeting milestone steps to further reduce carbon emissions and are setting Science Based Targets to align to the Paris Agreement and do our bit to help limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
In consuming energy, 88 per cent of our carbon impact comes from our diesel trains, with a further 10 per cent coming from our electric units. The remainder is from power used at our stations and offices. By tackling diesel consumption – and moving towards more electric miles and efficient driving standards – we can also reduce the negative impact on air quality in our region.
Under Beyond Carbon we have achieved zero waste to landfill, with 65 per cent of all waste recycled. Through a circular economy approach we are developing a waste management strategy to further increase the proportion of recycled waste.
Our people are key to our success, and we are developing processes to support succession planning within TPE. Currently, 2.5 per cent of our employees are on an apprenticeship programme, which supports entry level roles and career development, and encourages a new generation into rail employment.
Being part of the communities we serve is key to our ongoing ethos and success and we have set our ambitions to drive social value, whilst supporting our communities to develop, involve themselves with the railway and engage with station adoption. We continue to work with Community Rail Partnerships, Rail User Groups, schools and the wider community to drive further community benefits.
In supporting our existing customers and attracting new customers to the railway it is vital that our service is accessible to all. An accessible railway is an inclusive one. We will continue to listen to, and understand, the needs of existing and future customers to shape our approach and annual improvement plan.
Our goals are aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are the most relevant to TPE and our activities as a train operating company.
|Carbon and Air
|Our customer and communities
|Net zero: Net zero by 2050
|Circular economy: Responsible sourcing and material management is embedded within our processes by 2030
|Diversity & Inclusion: Significant progress is made on pay gaps by 2040 and our workforce represents diversity within our communities
|Accessibility: Deliver an accessible train service that eliminates barriers to travelling by rail by 2025 and supports integrated travel
|Climate Resilient: Resilient to climate related risks by 2025
|Noise: Manage complaints and perception through a focused effort to reduce noise by 2030
|Careers not just jobs: 10 per cent increase on the number of people enrolled on an apprenticeship or career development programme by 2025
|Community: 47 per cent of our managed stations are recognised as community hubs, which are adopted by local groups by 2030
|Air Quality: Set pathway to reduce air quality impacts, including idling time that achieves rail air quality targets by 2030
|Water: Water resources are conserved and protected at all times
|Social Value: Plan and deliver additional social value, offering at least a 10 per cent increase by 2035 following baseline
|Good for Nature: Deliver projects that are good for nature, enhancing our stations for biodiversity by 2030
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