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Our commitment to the environment 

We believe in green public transport - with rail travel being one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to travel. Operating in a socially and environmentally responsible way is important to us.

Meeting your needs in an environmentally responsible way

Southeastern works together with industry partners, contractors and suppliers to reduce our environmental impact and measure and report on our performance. We’re always looking for ways to improve how we work and go beyond what the law and regulation require of us.
We’re focusing on:
  • Energy use associated with powering our trains
  • Energy use associated with operating our stations and depots
  • Waste management
Our objectives include:
  • Reducing electricity and gas consumption
  • Increasing the amount of waste diverted from landfill
  • Engaging our employees to reduce the environmental impact of our activities
Overall, we want to provide you with a train service that we can be proud of.

Recent environmental statistics - 1 April 2019 - 22 June 2019 (2019/20 P1 - P3)

Environmental measure Data
Carbon emissions per passenger journey (kgCO2ppj)****  1.04
Site electric (kWh*)  4,910,518
Site gas (kW*)  1,704,100
Site solar (kWh)  282,573
Train electricity fuel efficiency (vehicle miles per kWh)  0.25
Waste recycled  26.1%
Waste subject to other recovery (e.g. Incineration)  67.8%
Waste landfilled  6.1%
Complaints in respect of noise** 16
Environment incidents reported, included any enforcement action***  0

*Subject to change following final billing. 

**Does not include complaints related to train horns

***incidents reported to enforcement authorities and any enforcement action

****Location Based

Year end data is reported by the Go-Ahead Group. 

Did you know?

  • We use technology to generate energy when many of our trains brake and return it as electricity to the rail system
  • We have upgraded our lighting at a number of stations and depots to a new energy efficient LED system, reducing energy use
  • We monitor our water consumption with meters and work to fix leaks

Our environmental and energy policy

Through innovation, we will drive continual environmental and energy improvements.
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