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RSSB appoints new Sustainability Director George Davies to oversee a fresh approach

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George is tasked with ramping up rail’s sustainability agenda spearheading the creation of a new cross industry Sustainable Rail Strategy.

Rail body RSSB has appointed George Davies as its new Director of Sustainable Development.

George, who joins from Heathrow Airport where he was Head of Sustainability, will lead a new, dedicated programme designed to reinvigorate the railway’s collective efforts to tackle key sustainability challenges including carbon, air quality, and social sustainability.

Rail industry leaders on RSSB’s Board recognise that the industry now needs to move to the next level on sustainability and bring together a more ambitious and coordinated industry-wide approach with RSSB taking on the role of lead developers.

The shift will build on work that RSSB has already supported since the mid-noughties, but with much better definition and coordination across industry and government, and ensure sustainability is embedded in rail’s approach following any outcomes of the Williams Review.

The Board members see RSSB’s independence, impartiality and existing sustainability expertise make it uniquely placed to provide next phase research, development, and innovation.

The Covid-19 pandemic has also sharpened the focus on rail’s role as improving people’s quality of life and supporting the economy, society and environment as the UK recovers and continues to address the long-term challenges presented by climate change.

Welcoming his appointment, RSSB’s chief executive Mark Phillips said:

George has joined RSSB to enhance industry’s collective effort and provide a more collaborative, coordinated approach to sustainable development – it’s fantastic to have George with us. The new strategy and programme of work will ensure industry is in the best long-term position to support recovery after the pandemic recedes, and that policy makers in government get the best advice on the issues for the rail sector.

On his appointment, George said:

I’m delighted to join RSSB’s team at this critical time. Industry and government have rightly had to prioritise the pressing concern of the pandemic, but as we get on top of it, the longer term challenges around climate change and quality of life will still be there waiting for us to solve. And rail will be part of that future, but we must not get complacent. That’s the nub of the strategy I want to oversee, setting a vision for an optimally utilised net-zero carbon railway that increases quality of life for people and improves the natural environment.” 

Further information

A photograph of George Davies is available to download here.

If you want to interview George, or have any questions about this release, call us on 020 3142 5332, or 07711 001907, or email pressoffice@rssb.co.uk  

About RSSB

RSSB brings industry together to deliver expertise, solve complex issues and provide the headspace for collaboration, all leading to a better, safer railway.

As a membership-based rail industry body, RSSB includes train and freight operating companies, infrastructure managers, contractors, rolling stock leasing companies and suppliers, and our work involves partnerships and affiliation with academia, government, and many other railways and organisations across the world.

We provide impartial, risk-based analysis and insights to continually improve health, safety and performance. We develop standards, setting engineering and operational requirements for safe interworking and to increase efficiency.  We also undertake research and development to enable industry to generate knowledge, technologies and operational solutions that individual players in the rail system could not pursue in isolation.

Together we form an industry support network, so that we all benefit from better safety, sustainability and service, and reduced cost and risk.

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