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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.

Jimbo   24/04/2017 at 12:36

This shows a lack of understanding from RSSB about their industry. Yes, of course, making savings on energy usage is good for the "industry" as a whole, but the "industry" is a collection of public and private companies, each with contracts and responsibilities. If one company has to invest for another company to realise a saving, then it isn't going to happen unless the costs are included in the contract. Saving money through better energy usage is an obvious statement to make. If would have been better for the report to say that the following savings can be made if the these structural and contractual changes are made, but that requires some real work, which organisations like RSSB seem unwilling or incapable of doing. This kind of light-weight, obvious recommendations gives consultancy a bad name, and it just wastes huge amounts of money in the "industry". Unless you are offering real value, stop wasting everyones time and money.

SWB   25/04/2017 at 19:20

I'm in total agreement with Jimbo. This inane declaration from RSSB seems nothing more than an opportunity to roll out a trite rhyming slogan (keener?). Any company worth half its salt is looking to reduce energy expenditures.

Al   29/04/2017 at 10:52

For years in Shenfield they have had three or more floodlight posts (about 60ft high) each with multiple floodlights blazing away throughout the hours of darkness on empty sidings and spilling light everywhere besides. They're a relic of the 1960s I guess. Now that Crossrail is coming along some have been switched off while work progresses but I note not removed. Is this repeated across the country? Why do sidings empty or even with empty coach stock need to be lit? Security I hear - but is anyone watching (empty sidings don't make great entertainment)? These days I'm sure there is a better solution - low level LED lighting, night time security cameras and movement sensors? I wonder if the organisation is good enough to consider such changes? I'm not optimistic.

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