As part of our vision to deliver a world class railway to our local region, Merseyrail is committed to providing an affordable, green and well connected transport system that values the communities and environment it operates in.
As an electric traction fleet, our trains, which are powered without burning fossil fuels, are already amongst the lowest carbon modes of transport within the region. One of the key benefits for our passengers is the significant carbon savings that can be made compared to other modes of transport, such as single occupancy car. For example, the average UK car emits 181g CO2 per km. Using a Merseyrail train for your journey will reduce the carbon footprint for that journey by 66% (61g CO2 per km).
With 800 daily train services, Merseyrail provides local communities with an affordable, reliable and greener way to travel.
However, in response to the challenges of climate change, we recognise our role in helping to achieve the UK’s and world’s target of significant carbon savings.
A key goal within our environmental sustainability strategy is to reduce our impact on the environment. This will be achieved by increasing energy efficiency and reducing consumption through the improved design, procurement and operation of assets.
An additional goal is to help local communities to reduce their environmental impact. We understand that a journey doesn’t start when a passenger boards a train. For that reason we provide secure cycle shelters and electric vehicle charging points at a number of our stations, enabling a green journey from door to destination.
As a local business, we strive to be recognised across Merseyside and within our industry as a leader in environmental good practice, with an environmental management system which is fully embedded across all our business operations. Our ambition is for all employees to demonstrate and embody good environmental management behaviours.
This commitment was recognised at the prestigious National Rail Awards 2018 when we won the Sustainable Development Award highlighting us as a leader within our field.
If you would like a copy of Merseyrail’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Environment and Energy Policy and/or a copy of our ISO14001 and ISO50001 certifications including the scope please contact the Energy and Environment manager at [email protected].