Northern Rail has become one of the first UK businesses to attain the new IS0 14001:2015 environmental management certification.
ISO 14001:2015, which has been launched on 15 September 2015, sets out the framework for effective environmental management systems. Northern's early certification to the new standard recognises the company's trailblazing work to integrate sound environmental practices across its entire business operations.
The new ISO 14001 standard places greater emphasis on how a business integrates environmental work into core business processes. It also places an extra focus on environmental leadership from top management and business-wide communication. Northern's ISO 14001:2015 assessment was carried out by NQA.
The Northern team, as a result of its long-term environmental strategy, was able to demonstrate how it had built environmental considerations into aspects of its work from personal objectives to overall business performance measures.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director for Northern Rail comments: "Northern is delighted to have achieved this standard. We've worked hard to embed a business wide strategy for environmental management; from managing our energy use to pollution prevention. Our approach enables us to address challenges collaboratively with our people, making sure we are all contributing to sustainable improvements in our environmental performance."
"We are committed to ensuring Northern is at the heart of an environmentally responsible public transport network in the North. In addition to our environmental management and protection initiatives, we continue to grow our electric fleet. As we look ahead to the new Northern franchise in April next year we will continue to champion investment in new trains."
Matt Gantley, Managing Director for NQA, comments: "Northern Rail is the first in the world to achieve certification with NQA to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. This achievement demonstrates exceptional corporate leadership. Northern's customers can be more confident of choosing a service provider that protects and improves our environment. As an ISO 14001 certified businesses Northern can better conserve or replenish the resources we need, for our economy to prosper in the future. Congratulations to all of Northern Rail's people for leading the way."
About Northern Rail
Northern Rail is a 50:50 joint venture between Serco and Abellio. Northern was formed in December 2004 when Abellio and Serco won the franchise contract to operate train services in the north of England until February 2016.
With 4,900 employees providing nearly 2,500 local and regional train services every day, Northern Rail is the largest train operator in the UK. The trains run across the north of England calling at over 500 stations and serving a population of nearly 15 million. Furthermore, Northern Rail provides direct access to three National Parks: Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. Northern Rail also provides routes into the Lake District.