Nova train in service, via TPE

TransPennine Express is the inaugural ‘Carbon Literate’ train operator

TransPennine Express (TPE) is now the first train operator in the UK to be formally recognised as Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Trust, representing a major achievement in pushing forward sustainability within public transport.

TPE have a clear and established long-term sustainability strategy which outlines its vision and flagship goals that are integrated into business and operational strategies. These drive forward environmental and social opportunities through reducing carbon consumption and improving nature within local communities.

Nicola Martin, Head of Sustainability for TPE, said:

 “I’m delighted that we have been recognised for our commitment to tackle the climate crisis and maintain our low-carbon culture.

“This accreditation, as a Carbon Literate Organisation, is a visible ‘badge’ that shows our dedication to lead and enable sustainable tourism and transport across the North and beyond. We’ve achieved bronze and are well on our way towards silver.”

Katie Goldsmith, Hugh Thomas, Peter Walley, Fran Barrett, and Nicola Martin accepting the award, via TPE

The awarded accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Trust is internationally recognised and fully demonstrates that the recipients are prioritising the climate crisis throughout its operations.

Following the principles from its sustainability strategy, TPE has effectively cut its carbon emissions by up to 18 per cent since 2019, accompanied by its bi-modal Nova train fleet, which reduces customers’ CO2 contribution by 77 percent when compared to travelling via car.

The reduction of harmful emissions is integral to an organisation being carbon literate, however the further efforts from TPE to address all aspects of sustainability through improved day-to-day working practises help to support the overall efficacy of achieving net zero.

Nicola added:

“More than 85 per cent of our senior management have undertaken Carbon Literacy training bespoke to rail, which gives them the tools and knowledge to take positive action to tackle the climate crisis.

“This is a great step on our journey to be as environmentally efficient as possible, demonstrating our contribution to net zero ambitions, and reducing our negative environmental impacts.”

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