Translink has signed the Climate Action Pledge NI, a public commitment to achieving an ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030.
The Pledge is a driver for business to take action on the climate emergency, working to ensure a liveable future and limit the increase in global temperatures well below 2°C.
By signing the Climate Action Pledge and setting and striving to achieve ambitious GHG reduction targets, Northern Ireland organisations can demonstrate their commitment and willingness to collaborate to address this critical issue.
Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink, said: “Our pledge announcement coincides with the launch of our new Climate Positive Strategy that sets out our ambitious plans to deliver a clean transport future achieving net zero emissions across our buses, trains and buildings by 2040.
“Our journey will not end there as we aim to go beyond Net Zero and become Climate Positive by 2050, removing additional harmful carbon dioxide and NOX to clean the air we breathe while also incentivizing the use of public transport as a greener, healthier, smarter lifestyle choice.
“This Climate Action Pledge is a key milestone on our Climate Positive mission. Our strategy focuses on key priorities including: Greener Vehicles – bus and train fleet strategies, Green Sustainable Infrastructure, Biodiversity, the Circular Economy (designing-out waste) and active travel strategies.
“As we emerge from Covid-19, the business sector has a real opportunity to reset, join forces and tackle the global climate crisis for a green recovery – we hope more local organisations will sign this Pledge and take action now to secure a brighter sustainable future,” said Chris.
Kieran Harding, Managing Director, BITC, said: “Signing the Climate Action Pledge is an act of public accountability that proves to an organisation’s stakeholders, customers and employees that they are taking ambitious action on the climate crisis.
“To make a real difference, businesses need to collaborate and act now. We are delighted that Translink has joined our growing group of Northern Ireland organisations that have made a public declaration to take action urgently.”
Translink has also recently retained its top Platinum status in the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey which assesses the extent to which organisations have embedded environmental business practices within corporate strategies and operations.
The Translink Youth Forum is the co-signatory and witness to this BITC Climate Action Pledge and will be provided with an annual update on progress towards delivering targets as well as being given the opportunity to provide advice and challenges to shape Translink’s climate action plans.
Translink’s new Climate Positive Strategy is available online – www.translink.co.uk/climate .
The Pledge is a cornerstone of the Business Action on Climate campaign, an initiative of the responsible business network Business in the Community (BITC), which inspires and supports organisations to act as a force for good, convening business to tackle key societal and environmental issues. For more information on the campaign and the pledge, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/climate or email firstname.lastname@example.org.