Latest Rail News

20.06.13

Zero carbon commitment for TfGM

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2033, it will announce at the Ticket to Kyoto (T2K) conference today.

T2K is a European partnership to reduce carbon emissions in public transport, and has already seen the construction of a wind turbine at Bolton’s Horwich Parkway station and will fund onsite hydroelectricity to power Rochdale’s new interchange.

Over the last three years, TfGM has reduced its own emissions by 19%. The new targets for carbon savings are 75% by 2018 and to be completely zero carbon by 2033.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM Committee said: “Traffic on our roads makes up about one-third of Greater Manchester’s carbon emissions so anything we can do to influence that is important, which is why we are playing our part with these ambitious carbon savings targets.

“Our zero carbon commitment and Ticket to Kyoto partnership show we are serious about making a difference – and T2K has helped us invest in some really innovative green projects.

“Beyond the partnership, we’re also doing what we can to show leadership in cutting transport-related emissions, which account for around 30 per cent of Greater Manchester’s carbon footprint. Metrolink is the first UK tram system to run on green energy – and we’re on our way to having 280 green hybrid and electric buses on the road – more than anywhere in the UK outside London.

“These are just a few high profile examples of our work, which extends to making all our bus stations and offices greener.

“Traffic emissions also contribute directly to local public health concerns, which were highlighted last week by Public Health England’s identification of Greater Manchester as the area with the highest levels of premature death in the country.

“We want everyone in Greater Manchester to play their part in improving the air we all breathe through greener travel. Walking and cycling are good for you as well as the environment, and choosing public transport also reduces the overall emissions impact of travel.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the lack of gender diversity in the rail industry.
  • 01/11/2019The dangers of fatigues

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance – and when we’re fatigued we make more...
View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's no... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >