TransPennine Express becomes first UK rail operator to be declared Carbon Literate

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UK train operating firm TransPennine Express (TPE) has revealed that it has become the first UK rail operator to be formally recognized as “Carbon Literate” by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

According to TPE, this recognition is the first step in a long-term program designed to enhance its approach to sustainability and environmental awareness.

Nicola Martin, head of sustainability for TPE, said, “I’m delighted that we have been recognized for our commitment to tackle the climate crisis and maintain our low-carbon culture. This accreditation, as a Carbon Literate Organization, 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.”

The accreditation, awarded by the Carbon Literacy Trust, is internationally recognized, and demonstrates recipients are prioritizing action to tackle the climate crisis.

TPE has cut its carbon emissions by 18% since 2019 and its Nova train fleet, which includes bi-mode and electric trains, helps reduce customers’ CO2 contribution by 77% compared to travelling by car.

But being Carbon Literate is about much more than reducing emissions and recognizes the efforts of TPE to address all aspects of sustainability through improved day-to-day working practices.

Martin added, “More than 85% 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,” she added.