Energy Efficiency & Carbon

Delivering low carbon transport solutions

Reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change

The UK is legally bound by the Climate Change Act to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 to prevent climate change. In response to this legislation the government and Office of Rail Regulation has asked Network Rail to reduce its carbon emissions over Control Period 5 and Infrastructure Projects has responded to this by committing to reduce its carbon emissions to meet UK targets.

Major infrastructure programmes such as the Thameslink Programme have an important role in helping the business and the UK in meeting its carbon targets. Whilst reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change may be seen as long term problems not within our power to influence, the short term decisions we make when delivering infrastructure projects have significant impacts not just on our climate but on the sustainability of our business.

Over the last several years the Thameslink Programme has been tackling the complexity of reducing carbon emissions in the design, construction and operation of a large infrastructure programme to help meet the carbon targets for both the business and the UK.

Delivering Low Carbon Transport Solutions

This report details Thameslink Programme’s journey, highlighting our successes and lessons learned. It includes:

  • The rail carbon challenge
  • The role of Infrastructure Projects in reducing carbon emissions
  • How TLP tackled the rail carbon challenge
  • Reducing carbon emissions in design – best practice.

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Case Studies

Energy Efficiency & Carbon: Blackfriars Station

The incorporation of PV cells at Blackfriars Station is a flagship project, creating the ‘world’s first solar bridge’ and demonstrating the benefits of solar power and renewables on Britain’s rail network.

Energy Efficiency & Carbon: London Bridge station

How carbon impacts were identified, and then a range of energy saving measures introduced, during the redevelopment of London Bridge station.

Whole Life Costings: London Bridge station

Achieving Whole Life Cost objectives for five key project elements: Geothermal Piles and Heat Pump, Escalators, Lifts, Photovoltaic Cells and Platform and Concourse Lighting.

Sustainable Construction: London Bridge Station

How a collaborative approach between Network Rail and Costain encouraged a sustainability ‘blueprint for delivery of major complex projects’

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