SWR partners with IEMA

Monday 07th October 2019

South Western Railway (SWR) is delighted to announce its partnership with the world-leading Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) as it kicks-off Sustainability Week, Monday 7 - Friday 11 October.

SWR’s Sustainability Week showcases how it’s investing to deliver positive change for customers, communities, people, and the environment, by becoming a more sustainable train company.

IEMA is the leading global professional body representing more than 15,000 members working in the environmental and sustainability fields. Its sustainability standards are the industry benchmark across the world. SWR is passionate about sustainability and the partnership with a globally recognised organisation demonstrates its commitment to become a leader in the rail industry.

Among the benefits of this new partnership, IEMA will support rolling out a special training development programme focused on embedding sustainability at all levels of SWR's business.

Between Monday 7 and Friday 11 October, Sustainability Week sees SWR holding events and making a series of announcements, including:

  • Publication of SWR's progress in reducing the impact of its train, depots and stations on the environment
  • 7,500 reusable coffee cup give away for passengers to encourage a move away from disposable, single-use cups
  • A behind the scenes look at how SWR recycles paper waste and other material from across its network

Follow @SW_Help or visit http://bit.ly/SWRSustainabilityWeek throughout the week for daily updates.

Amelia Woodley, Head of Sustainability at South Western Railway, 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, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, said:

"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."