Virgin Trains achieves environmental management certification

Virgin Trains has achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard.  It is believed to be one of the first UK train operating companies to be awarded ISO: 14001 for its entire operation, covering all stations, trains and offices.

Peter Bowes, Safety and Environment Director said: “After a year of hard work I am delighted that Virgin Trains has achieved certification to ISO 14001. This certification demonstrates our commitment and passion to continuous improvement of our environmental performance – through energy saving, waste reduction, ethical procurement and sustainable actions. It is recognition for a great team effort by our people right across the business.”

Examples of green initiatives include:bsi

•  a project to fit LEDs to Pendolino trains and all multi storey car parks by mid 2014

•  a target to send zero waste to landfill (currently only around 6% still goes to landfill)

•  a robust Energy Management system (ISO 50001) which enables us to commit to a target to reduce CO2 emissions across stations and trains, year on year

•  electric car charging points at stations managed by Virgin Trains: Runcorn, Stafford and Warrington Bank Quay.

Certification followed an extensive assessment by BSI during 2013. The company successfully passed its audit in December 2013 and received its certificate in January 2014.

Mark Gouldstone, Sustainability Management Specialist, at BSI said: “Achieving certification for an entire rail organisation is no mean feat. It’s a credit to everyone at Virgin Trains and clearly demonstrates their commitment to being a sustainable organisation. The team should be proud of the hard work that has gone into implementing a system that enables them to control their environmental impact and continually improve their performance.”