South Western Railway (SWR) has partnered with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as it highlights its sustainability efforts.

The rail operator is celebrating Sustainability Week from 7 to 11 October to showcase its investments in delivering change for customers, communities, people and the environment by aiming to become a more sustainable company.

Throughout this week, SWR will hold a series of events and make announcements, including publication of its progress in reducing the impact of its trains, depots and stations on the environment. The company will also give away 7,500 reusable coffee cups to passengers to encourage them to move away from single-use cups and will give the world an inside look at how it recycles paper waste and other material from across its network.

The IEMA is a global professional body representing more than 15,000 members working in the environmental and sustainability fields. Industries use the organisation’s standards to benchmark sustainability.

Among the benefits of partnering with the organisation, SWR said the IEMA will support its roll-out of a special training and development programme focused on sustainability.

SWR’s head of sustainability Amelia Woodley said: “Investing in sustainability is crucial for the long-term future of the industry. Our Sustainability Week showcases how we are being innovative to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainable resource use for the benefit of our employees, passengers and the communities we serve.”

Alan Darby, corporate partnerships manager at the IEMA, added: “We are delighted to welcome South Western Railway as our newest corporate partner. The approach they are taking to embed sustainability skills throughout the organisation, along with their proactive attitude to engaging all parts of their business, is a great example of IEMA’s growing partnership programme. We look forward to supporting SWR on their journey as they transform their business.”;

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