Two-thirds of Network Rail suppliers set targets to reduce emissions

67 percent of Network Rail suppliers have signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative to reduce their carbon footprint. By 2025, three-quarters of suppliers should have set targets to reduce emissions in line with the goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.

British rail infrastructure manager Network Rail has the goal to be carbon neutral by 2045 in Scotland and by 2050 in the rest of Britain. The majority of the emissions it causes are however not directly emitted by the railway manager itself. Around 97 per cent of Network Rail’s emissions are within ‘scope three’, meaning emissions largely come from third parties, including suppliers.

Therefore, Network Rail’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy includes a target that 75 per cent of suppliers need to have their own science-based targets by 2025, a target which Network Rail announced is already in sight with two-thirds having done so. Network Rail says it is the first railway infrastructure body in the world to adopt Science Based Targets to this level.

Workshops for the industry

Network Rails Commercial & Procurement (C&P) team has delivered workshops demonstrating the benefits of committing to these targets and sharing industry best practice and ideas for cutting carbon emissions. Four workshops have been held so far, with each one being attended by more than 350 people from the transport sector and supply chain, with more on the planning.

“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”, said Clive Berrington, Network Rail’s group commercial and procurement director. “It’s 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.”

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Author: Esther Geerts


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