The Living Coast
Southern is proud to support The Living Coast as a member of the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership. The Living Coast is recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Region based on its mission to pioneer a positive future by connecting people and nature in this world-class environment of Downs, Towns and Coast. Everyone is encouraged to play a part to ‘Follow Your Better Nature’.
Our commitment to a sustainable future
As a company, we are committed to taking environment and energy concerns into account in all our decisions. As we work towards minimising the environmental impact of our business, we’re guided by our Environment and Energy Policy:
Our commitment hasn’t gone unnoticed – our efforts continue to earn us recognition for the improvements we are making.
- Recommendation for Certification to ISO14001, the international standard for environmental management
- Recommendation for Certification to ISO 50001, the international standard for energy management
- Environment Award for our groundbreaking ‘Towards a One Planet Railway’ Strategy at the Rail Industry Innovation Awards 2016
- A member of our team was highly commended for an Outstanding Personal Contribution at the National Rail Awards 2016
Setting high standards
Our initiatives to reduce environmental impact, alongside our commitment to improve rail sustainability, align with the One Planet principles making Southern very well positioned to become the first One Planet Train Operating Company.
The One Planet principles we follow – developed by BioRegional and adapted slightly to better suit our operations – are shown here:
We don’t expect to achieve all of these principles within our franchise term: for example, Zero Carbon is a significant challenge. But the aim of the scheme is to be inspired by long term aspirations and to make clear progress towards these ultimate goals.
If you have any suggestions for how we can further reduce our environmental impacts, email the Environment Team.
Here are just a few examples of the kind of work that we’ve been doing to meet our environmental goals.