RSSB welcomes today's publication of the consultation on the draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
The draft Strategy outlines targets for reducing air pollution, protecting nature and boosting the economy.
The announcement is welcomed by RSSB, for whom sustainability is high on the agenda.
As part of RSSB's trio of core workstreams, our work on sustainability is continuing to develop.
Current projects include:
- Running the taskforce that is investigating how to decarbonise the rail industry and improve air quality through reducing harmful emissions
- Working with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to develop a specific air quality plan to ensure the rail sector is minimising pollution and mitigating impacts
- Working on a government-sponsored independent assessment of air quality at a range of stations to identify if air quality is a more widespread problem. This work is due to be delivered by 2019
- Supporting the Rail Technical Strategy in a number of projects to develop new fuels and technology to reduce harmful emissions.
Anthony Perret, Head of Sustainable Development Programme, RSSB, said: RSSB welcomes the draft Clean Air Strategy consultation.
As rail looks to the future, RSSB has been working on several projects to improve sustainability in rail, in particular working on decarbonisation and improving air quality.
It's key to remember that despite the need to improve air quality, rail is still a comparatively low emitter. But there's always room for improvement.
Currently, RSSB is working on several projects which will tie into the Government's Clean Air Strategy. We're happy to be at the forefront of this work.
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