Rail Infrastructure Sustainability Forum
Message from the Chair
I am Nick Hunter, 2019 Chair of the Rail Infrastructure Sustainability Forum, RISF. I have been a proud member for five years and being the new Chair gives me an exciting platform to help our member companies and industry stakeholders at an important time for the UK railway. I am passionate about RISF providing a collective voice for sustainable design and construction on rail projects and this year will see a renewed focus in practical initiatives that support excellent project delivery and achieving sustainable development in all its forms.
Our compliance obligations from important clients like Network Rail, HS2 and UK government remain key drivers for our members and we will work hard to ensure we know how to meet these as a collective, helping address our risks and finding new opportunities we can all benefit from.
RISF will remain a forum to share best practice and lessons learned. We will push the boundaries of sustainable development by celebrating achievements and providing an environment where new suppliers and products can be showcased. We are building even stronger ties to groups likes RSSB, the Railway Industry Association, IEMA and CIRIA, to support existing initiatives. And we will leverage the unique skills and capabilities that RISF has to influence the sustainability agenda for the benefit of all.
I would like to personally encourage all rail stakeholders to get in touch with me or any member company about us making a difference this year.
The purpose of the forum is to share collective rail industry sustainability knowledge and promote improvement across the industry. The Forum will pursue environmental and social improvements in chosen priority areas that will also bring triple bottom line benefits in terms of legacy, our workforce, neighbours and supply chain.
The forum will fulfil its purpose through these activities:
- Developing and coordinating a network to improve environmental management and social sustainability in the rail industry.
- Actively collaborate with wider rail and sustainability groups and partners to develop and implement sustainability objectives and standards.
- Develop and publish good practice guidance and codes of practice relevant to infrastructure contractor activities.
- Act as a formal group for stakeholder consultation.
- Work together to establish the most efficient ways to deliver client expectations.
- Actively promote the adoption of sustainable development principles and practices through the sharing of best practice and lessons learned.
RISF members meet 6 times each year: February, April, June, August, October and December on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
The meetings will be held over 1 day and cover both general and specific issues as required by industry needs, and to achieve forum objectives. The meeting venue for this year will be the RSSB offices in London.