News & Insight
We are also looking forward to working with our friends at CEPA for the first time on a package of work for ORR including:
Study 1: National Highways’ biodiversity metric
Study 2: RIS3 environmental performance framework review
Study 3: National Highways’ non-user engagement.December 2021
We are looking forward to working with Arup as part of a wider team developing a Shared Digital Carbon Architecture (SDCA) for DfT and their partners. This SDCA aims to transform the way carbon data is captured, managed and exploited to support advanced analysis, policy development and to de-risk interdependent strategic infrastructure delivery.
Partners include Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Education, Homes England, Environment Agency, Network Rail, National Highways, Infrastructure Projects Authority and the Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab.
Congratulations to our clients Hitachi and their partners Alstom for winning the contract to build and maintain HS2 Trains in the UK. We were delighted to have been able to support the bid with FCP.
Michelle had a great day out joining a panel discussion on ‘Climate Adaptation: the crucial role of the infrastructure sector in creating a green and resilient future’ arranged by the Infrastructure Operators Adaptation Forum as a side event to COP26 in Glasgow. What made it very exciting was it took place on our client Porterbrook’s HydroFLEX train, the UK’s first hydrogen-ready passenger train.
As part of the rail industry’s response to the Williams-Shapps Review and the formation of GB Railways Eracura is working with Arup to support the development of key parts of the Sustainable Rail Strategy (SRS) for RSSB. The SRS will form a key input to the Whole Industry Strategic Plan. Our input will cover climate resilience, biodiversity, water, circular economy, social value, community integration, supply chain resilience and noise.
We are looking forward to working with the Arup team again on a Sustainable Development and Environmental Impact in Rail Study for ORR. This is a research study examining ORR’s approach to sustainable development and environmental management.
The study aims to identify ORR’s material issues and benchmark and evaluate activity against other economic regulators to identify good practice. It will include engagement with Network Rail, RSSB, and economic and environmental regulators.
Karen is leading the sustainability submission for a Public Service Concession Contract for the Operation of Urban and Inter-city Trains Nice-Azur for Arriva UK Trains Ltd focusing on delivering a low carbon network (operations and infrastructure) as part of an FCP team.
We are excited to be providing rail sustainability expertise in a project with Arup delivering Sustainability Leadership Capability Training for Network Rail’s senior leadership team. The training focuses on megatrends, key sustainability issues and how leaders can embed and deliver the Sustainability Strategy. It will be delivered virtually.
Eracura are delighted to be working with Arup on the development of a Sustainable Stations Accreditation Framework for RSSB aiming to develop a bespoke stations sustainability assessment tool.
Michelle will be working as part of the Arup Environmental Overview Consultancy team as lead author of the Volume 1 of the HS2 Phase 2b Environmental Statement and a senior reviewer for Volume 2, the Community Area Chapters.
Eracura are delighted to have won a contract working with FCP Partners to support the DfT in a review of the use of Bio-toilet technology on the GB rail system. The team will review the environmental licensing and operational issues surrounding the deployment of this innovative technology on the GB rail network.
We are excited to be carrying out a sustainability review and materiality assessment for Porterbrook Leasing Ltd, with a particular focus on shareholder expectations, and developed a sustainability strategy and action plan.
Eracura team are Associates of First Class Partnerships (FCP), and as such have had a long relationship helping a multitude of clients. We are now engaged via FCP with helping Hitachi Rail Europe with their bids for new rolling stock providing both sustainability advice and bid quality management services.
Arriva UK Trains Ltd has asked Eracura to provide strategic advice on sustainability to assist them in their bid for the new East Midlands franchise. Another exciting opportunity.
Following on from the first phase of work with RSSB, and in response to Jo Johnson, Minister of State for the Department for Transport request for the industry to develop a carbon reduction strategy by September 2018, we have been pleased to help develop a preliminary road map of activity. We have also helped to develop RSSB’s approach to the rapidly developing position on air pollution.
We are pleased to say announce we will be working with RSSB to review the progress that has been made in embedding the Rail Industry Sustainable Development Principles across the industry. We anticipate identifying gaps and developing a priority list of issues for a refreshed sustainable development strategy to address.
Eracura has been asked by Abellio Group to help with their bid for the new Southeastern rail franchise due to be submitted in March 2018. Our role will be in addressing the DfT requirements for sustainable development including environmental improvements.
An interview with Karen about how train operators can deliver social value through improved community engagement.
Eracura is excited about the prospect of helping Abellio Group mobilise its new West Midlands franchise which starts in December 2017, and helping it through the transition period as West Midlands Trains Ltd. We helped Abellio with their successful bid, developing their approach to sustainability and included some exciting initiatives especially around broader community engagement.
Karen finally makes it into a dream team! This article outlines the positive impacts that the rail franchising process can have on driving the industry forward.Passenger Transport – Issue 161 (PDF)