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RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

New guidelines on the energy use of non-traction activities by train companies could save the industry millions by making processes “keener, leaner and greener”.

In new recommendations published by the RSSB, it was stated that millions could be saved by changing the way non-traction energy (energy used in processes not involved with the running of trains), could save the industry large amounts of money.

Though most energy used by rail companies is encompassed by traction activities, 20% is taken up by non-traction, which includes the lighting and heating of stations and buildings as well as the running of IT systems.

The RSSB pointed to Network Rail as an example of how much money could potentially be saved, saying that it had made annual savings of £1m by spending £389,000 to install an upgraded energy monitoring and invoicing system across the organisation.

Two major points are highlighted by the guidance, which encourages companies to be: “leaner” through their energy conservation, “keener” by finding savings from more efficient production and consumption of energy, and “greener” by incorporating renewable energy sources into their day-to-day working processes. 

The recent guidelines walk organisations through the process of targeting opportunities to deliver more efficient energy solutions, from planning to delivery.

Michelle Papayannakos, RSSB senior sustainable development specialist, said: “We hope the industry appreciates the significant opportunities both to generate savings and to lessen their impact on the environment.

“The potential savings are substantial yet many of the solutions suggested are inexpensive to implement and pay for themselves quickly.”

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Anon   21/04/2017 at 12:25

With respect to platform lighting, the issues I can identify are: TOC must buy into the LED replacement programme. LED fittings are in excess of 50% more expensive than standard discharge lighting. The operator realises the majority of the benefit. This results in an increased CAPEX expenditure for Network rail and limited or no benefit. However, the operator has maintenance and operational benefit for no capital outlay. I believe the cost of lighting renewals should be a shared investment.

Andrew Gwilt   23/04/2017 at 21:42

I like what Trenitalia c2c (formerly National Express c2c) has installed new LED lightings at stations on the c2c network including at Pitsea, Barking, Grays, Basildon, Southend Central, Leigh-on-Sea, Benfleet, Upminster, Stanford-le-Hope and other c2c stations that have new LED lights. Greater Anglia could also replace the old lightings at their stations across the Anglia network with new LED lights installed and also to replace the older information departure screens with new LED information screens at stations including Rayleigh, Hockley, Rochford, Prittlewell, Ingatestone and other stations in Essex and East Anglia.

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