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Defining a New Rail Sustainability Strategy

Defining a New Rail Sustainability Strategy

Update: 2021-03-10
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In this episode I talk with RSSB's recently appointed Director for Sustainable Development, George Davies, about his vision for a new Rail Sustainability Strategy. He also talks about his plans for how to collaborate with industry colleagues to agree, implement, and communicate the strategy and the progress it achieves.

00:55 The broad scope of sustainability, its definition, and its primary elements.

02:59 How Sir David Attenborough ignited his passion for the environment.

04:19 Pandemics as a result of human activity, and the climate emergency.

05:42 Transitioning from aviation to the railway and the issues to be addressed.

08:22 Rail's challenges for sustainability—hydrogen and battery power.

09:53 Delivering social benefit, and getting freight off the roads.

11:36 Rail's strategic objectives, and defining the Sustainable Rail Strategy.

14:34 How to set out 'flagship industry goals' on carbon, air quality, social impact, and biodiversity; and their route maps.

16:27 The mission to demystify sustainability and make it an accessible topic.

17:43 Engaging with industry groups and sectors to achieve the strategy's goals.

19:25 The need to engage with rolling stock owners and leasing companies.

20:24 Working with central and devolved governments, and with charitable organisations.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Online explanations of a 'stranded asset' in an environmental context:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranded_asset#:~:text=In%20the%20context%20of%20upstream,as%20a%20result%20of%20changes 

London School of Economics – Grantham Institute: https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/explainers/what-are-stranded-assets/ 

Carbon Tracker: https://carbontracker.org/terms/stranded-assets/ 

Other related resources:

The RSSB Sustainability web page: https://www.rssb.co.uk/sustainability 

The RSSB Decarbonisation web page: https://www.rssb.co.uk/sustainability/decarbonisation 

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