The environment and the impact that organisations have on it has become of increasing importance over recent years. National, EU and international legislation combined with public pressure are requiring organisations to be more aware of their impact on the environment and to develop long term strategies and active plans to reduce and contain this. Nexus is committed to being responsible in the way it carries out its activities and ensuring that our natural and built environment, upon which the quality of life within Tyne and Wear is so dependent, is safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.
The organisation is committed to continually improving our environmental performance, by addressing the causes and potential impacts of climate change. Resource efficiency and waste management are key requirements of all our operations, functions and activities, including the operating concession for Metro stations and services. One of our overarching aims is the provision of sustainable transport to help promote regeneration, improve air quality, engender good health and support accessibility across Tyne and Wear. We will seek to advance good practice by others.
The Nexus Environment Policy sets the principles and values by which Nexus will operate. The environment strategy sets out the following core objectives:
- To assess and reduce the environmental impact caused by Nexus operations and the operations of companies supplying us and working on our behalf
- To engender an organisational culture of sustainability that supports and promotes environmentally ethical behaviours
- To make a positive contribution to the cultural and economic development of Tyne and Wear in an environmentally sustainable way
- To play a key role in partnership with local authorities and transport operators to develop and implement environmentally sustainable transport policies that will be efficient, effective and economic
IS014001 - Shields Ferry Environment Management System
Nexus has voluntarily implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) in conformance with the internationally recognised standard ISO14001. The EMS has been designed to reflect the objectives and targets within our Environment Strategy. Applying ISO14001:2015 helped us to measure our environmental risks and sets out how to manage them.
The benefits of ISO14001:2015 to the ferry have included the prevention of pollution, a commitment to compliance with environmental legislation, and a commitment to continual improvement.
The Energy Saving Trust
We have been working very closely with The Energy Saving Trust with regards to gaining and maintaining an official rating for carbon emissions released from our fleet of ancillary road vehicles. We have joined the “Motorvate” scheme and supply data to the Energy Saving Trust on an annual basis for them to provide us with a benchmark of our CO2 emissions. Nexus is currently rated as being at the “Bronze” level in the scheme. Continuing to work with the Energy Saving Trust will ensure that we keep to a programme of improvement which will be monitored by an impartial independent company who will provide us with an industry standard CO2 rating.
Corporate Environmental responsibility
Nexus has an ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility and recognises the importance of undertaking ethical business practices, ensuring the health and safety, well-being and training of our employees, controlling our impact on the environment, and having a positive impact on the society and communities that we work within. We undertake to achieve this by working with our customers, employees, suppliers, partners, communities and other stakeholders to act on our responsibilities by working within our core business principles:
- We recognise that our social, economic and environmental responsibilities to our stakeholders are integral to our business. We aim to demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and within our company policies and strategies
- We take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders
- We shall be open and honest in communicating our strategies, targets, performance and governance to our stakeholders in our continual commitment to sustainable development
- We are committed to full legal compliance in all that we do
- We aim to provide a safe, fulfilling and rewarding career for all our employees
- We actively assess and manage the environmental impacts of all our operations
- We will further develop our standing as a responsible business in the community
- We strive to support local, national and international causes where we have a business presence
- We will benchmark and evaluate what we do in order to monitor our outputs against our targets and objectives
- We will operate in a way that safeguards against unethical or unfair business practices
We are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling our items and to this end a number of initiatives and policies are in place across Nexus.
At the end of 2017/18 Nexus recycled 98% of our waste which is a marked increase from the 26% 'at source' recycled in 2009/10. The initiatives below show how we increased our recycling rate by this amount in one academic year:
- A new waste contract was in place
- Office recycle bins and coded bins were purchased and put in at the ferry and in our main offices
- Printers were set to “double sided” as default
- An online flexi and time recording system which eliminated paper reconciliation forms and document management system to support projects
- Reusing and donating rail sleepers and other parts replaced during modernisation works
These initiatives are still developing in order to raise our 'at source' recycling rate even further.
Nexus is committed to saving energy both by encouraging and supporting behavioral change and by carrying out physical modifications to our infrastructure, buildings and systems. We encourage everyone throughout the Nexus to either act to reduce energy usage, or where appropriate. It is increasingly apparent that most people within the Nexus community are concerned about energy usage and would like to minimise this as much as possible.
Energy savings across Nexus include:
- Installation of LED lighting in stations and the ferry
- Utilization of Photovoltaic systems on our bus stops with dimmed lighting when not in use
- The use of multi-functional-device (MFD) across the whole of Nexus. The MFDs should reduce the consumption of energy for printing as well as other consumable such as ink and paper, permit more double sided printing
- Saving of £110,000 per year in energy and 630 tonnes of C02 thought the implementation of actions from a subway climatology study
- The installation of a Building Management System (BMS) and lighting at Nexus Rail Headquarters
- Continually monitoring energy consumption
The key aim is to encourage staff and visitors to use more sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transport rather than travelling by car. The main ways of achieving the aim are: lead by example, promote the use of public transport and 'active travel' in a positive way, improve on-site facilities and security, provide up to date information on travel and services and raise awareness of the travel plan amongst different departments. The benefits to staff and Nexus as an employer include a sense of ownership, improved health and fitness, reduction in air pollution and reduction in carbon associated with staff commuting.
Public Transport - A Greener Form of Travel
If you want to do your bit for the environment, getting public transport and leaving the car at home is one of the most straightforward things to do. Public transport can be more convenient, quicker, and cheaper to do so. And the green benefits are great too. Car journeys contribute a significant amount of our overall carbon footprint. According to the Energy Saving Trust nearly half of us use a car to drive short journeys, journeys that could otherwise be completed in another, more sustainable way. Using public transport may also have health benefits too.
CO2 emissions by transport mode:
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*relate to passenger kilometres