It’s all aboard the journey to Destination Green at Arriva North West and Wales as directors make an environmental pledge.
Destination Green is the latest green initiative from the transport operator and involves all Arriva staff taking environment-friendly action and looking for new ways of reducing the company’s impact on the planet’s resources.
As part of the scheme, Arriva has set some ambitions environmental targets which it plans to meet by 2020, based upon a 2013 baseline. These include:
▪A 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
▪A 30 per cent reduction in annual building energy
▪A 30 per cent reduction in annual water consumption
▪30 per cent of the electricity used will be from renewable sources.
Regional health, safety and environmental manager Eddie Rogers, explained: “We’re working with industry specialists, other Arriva companies and staff, to identify best practice and reduce our impact on the environment.
“Everybody at Arriva contributes towards our environmental impacts, so has a part to play in the company’s journey to Destination Green. Individuals probably know better than anyone else how they can be part of this journey. By making pledges and building on the good things we already do, we can all help make a difference.”
The Arriva North West and Wales board of directors have made a joint pledge to do play an active role in reaching the business’ wider objectives, with the following measures already underway:
▪Investigating and trialing low and zero-emission vehicles
▪A focus on reducing water use by at least 10 per cent
▪Replacing conventional lighting with very economical LED units
▪Installing energy-saving equipment at the new Rhyl depot, such as solar panels, an ultra efficient ‘VRV’ (variable refrigerant volume) heating and cooling system throughout offices and training rooms and a bus wash water recycling unit.
Eddie added: “The journey to Destination Green is good for Arriva; we will improve our position as a sustainable business.”