Network Rail’s Commercial and Procurement (C&P) team has reached an important climate milestone by partnering with suppliers agreeing to reduce their carbon footprint.
Half of Network Rail suppliers have agreed to join the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce their carbon footprint.
Science Based Targets form a key part of Network Rail’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy to provide a greener railway.
Network Rail was the first body in the rail industry across the globe to adopt science-based targets to this level.
Emissions from Network Rail come from third parties and suppliers for the most part with around 97% of Network Rail emissions considered to be within ‘scope three’.
Network Rail’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy sets a target of 75% of suppliers having science-based targets by 2025.
The C&P supplier management team has worked with transport industry partners to deliver workshops throughout 2021.
These workshops show suppliers the benefits of committing to science-based targets as a means of cutting carbon emissions.
Roger Maybury, Supplier Management Director spoke on the positive impacts such workshops can have.
Mr Maybury said: “We’ve had a wonderful response and we’re extremely grateful to our suppliers for showing such positive support for this initiative.
“The success of the science-based targets workshops is reflected in the growing number of suppliers committing to reduce carbon emissions.
“We have more to do to achieve our goal.
“We've made a strong start with 50% of suppliers already committed to science-based targets by carbon emissions.”
Clive Berrington, Group Commercial and Procurement Director spoke on rail’s role in protecting the environment.
Mr Berrington said: “As a country we need to show we are serious about climate change by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels to leave a positive legacy for future generations.
“Rail is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel.
“But we need our suppliers' help to become an industry powered by renewable energy.
“It's great that our supply chain is rising to this challenge and we look forward to more companies signing up in future.”
Details of previous science-based target workshops can be seen on the Network Rail website.