In 2020, SCRP created our own Environmental & Sustainability Policy. One of our commitments was to review our progress annually.
In July 2021, we reviewed how we managed our working practices within SCRP. Like many organisations, responding to the health emergency has changed many of our previous ways of working, allowing us to reduce our need for printing for example. We have also made progress in reducing our use of single use plastics and have set up re-cycling systems for equipment and general waste. Our central mission is to encourage the use of public transport and active travel. Train travel is used comprehensively by staff and Directors as you would expect. Additionally Team members took part in ESCC Active Travel Challenge and added more walking and cycling into our daily routines.
In our work with volunteers on projects we have tried to source recycled and sustainable material wherever possible. The provision of water butts at stations has made an impact on sustainable planting and has improved conditions for our many excellent gardening volunteers. We will continue to roll this improvement out along our nine lines. As food outlets re-open we hope to carry on with our successful pilot scheme of promoting sustainable packaging and the use of Fair-Trade Products. We are grateful for the support from the environment teams from our rail colleagues and key stakeholders . When we work together we can make positive changes that make a difference to all rail users and the local community. We are still learning and look forward to reporting on further progress. If you want to help us, please join your local steering group, you will be very welcome!
To read our updated policy and full progress report visit our Policy page https://www.southeastcrp.org/about-us/policies/