Alstom Transport in the Netherlands certified for level 3 of ProRail CO2 Performance Ladder
Alstom is the first train manufacturer in The Netherlands that is certified to Level 3 of the ProRail CO2 performance ladder. ProRail is one of the main principals for the Dutch rail transport business. The company manages the Dutch railroad network and encourages the parties with which it cooperates to take energy saving measures through the CO2 performance ladder.
This ladder has five steps. The higher the level a company reaches, the more benefit it will receive for contracts. For a company that is certified at level 1 the benefit is 1%. Level 3 is 4% and even 10% at level 5.
Last July and August, Lloyds, as independent conformity assessment body, audited the collected and issued data, resulting in a certificate Level 3 attributed to Alstom Transport in the Netherlands. The audit checklist contained: insight in internal processes concerning the companies’ carbon footprint, the targeted ambition for CO2 emission reduction, transparency in the way the company communicates internally and externally and participation with other companies to set up C02 reduction programmes. The audit focused for example on activities such as the use of public transport for business travel, commuter travel, waste disposal, paper used, electricity used at client sites, business car travel.
“Rail transport has the advantage to be the most environmental friendly means of transportation, especially due to the fact that it easily uses electricity. Receiving certification for going beyond rolling-stock activities attests to our global efforts in sustainability”, declared Philippe Mellier, President of Alstom Transport.
Alstom strives to reduce its environmental impact across the globe. The company aims to reduce the amount of natural resources used across the full range of operations, particularly CO2 emissions. Alstom targets a 20% reduction in energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions, the decrease in water consumption by 12% from 2008/09 levels and the recycling of 80% of waste by 2015.
Alstom commits to providing market leading power and transport products, systems and services to communities across the globe in a responsible and sustainable way. With a collaborative spirit, passion for excellence and innovative approach Alstom offers solutions which help overcome some of the world’s greatest challenges. In the process of limiting the impact activities have on the environment, promoting sustainable development for all stakeholders and partners or improving the lives of those who come into direct contact with Alstom, the company takes its corporate and social responsibilities very seriously.
People, sustainability and the environment are at the heart of Alstom’s decisions.
Source: Alstom Transport