"Greening" Our Day-to-Day Behaviors
We are moving aggressively to reduce our emissions and to increase ridership. We are also working with our clients to integrate various modes of transportation, (train, bus, shuttles, etc) so that their schedules are tightly synchronized to optimize passenger mobility and reduce wait times.
In North America, we have launched an extensive array of sustainability programs. We’re committed to measuring our footprint and reducing it as well, by “greening” our vehicles, maintenance facilities, and offices. We are training our people on ‘green’ behaviors and engaging them in incorporating more green practices into their day-to-day behaviors. We are working hard to build a culture in which we bring a “green filter” to our decisions and daily practices, and become more environmentally friendly every month.
Reducing our Footprint
We’re reducing the environmental impact of our vehicles by practicing “green driving” techniques. We are training our operators to drive with a gentle foot, thereby greatly reducing emissions and conserving energy. We’ve also made fuel efficiency a top maintenance priority, taking steps to ensure that our vehicles are always operating at peak performance.
We’re making our maintenance facilities the greenest in the industry, by using eco-friendly products and carefully managing all waste. We’re working to minimize our use of heat and air conditioning, and to practice the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. We have a rigorous Environmental Management System to ensure tight compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, and we have trained key personnel at every one of our facilities. In a few locations, together with our clients, we’ve designed and built LEED©(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified shops, among the most energy-efficient buildings in the country.
We’re committed to making each of our offices a model of environmental responsibility by buying only the most energy-efficient computers, copiers and other equipment. We buy eco-friendly supplies and recycle everything we can. We’re focusing on reducing our use of heat, lighting and air conditioning. We have staff experts dedicated to sustainability, and we’ve invested heavily in sustainability tools and resources to support our greening efforts. Our custom-developed Advantage Series books provide all of our managers with up-to-date information about key sustainability topics.
To reinforce green thinking in every Veolia Transportation employee, we are establishing ‘Green Teams’ at our locations – staff groups who help identify challenges specific to their site, and then develop solution-oriented programs and actions.
Measuring our Footprint
We annually collect location-by-location statistics for vehicle usage; vehicle efficiency; consumption of fuel, electricity and water; and the amount of solid waste generated. This enables us to quantify our emissions and carbon footprint at each location.
In 2008, we took our commitment to corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship to a whole new level: we became the first private transportation company to join the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR). As a member of CCAR, we have committed to calculating and publicly reporting all CO2 emissions generated by our activities, having them audited by a certified third-party auditing firm, and reducing them in the future.
We have sophisticated software that enables us to analyze and optimize routes for efficiency, and are working hard with our clients to integrate the schedules of different modes of transit to maximize passenger convenience and reduce wait times. We are also working with some of our clients on promotional campaigns to communicate the environmental benefits of using public transportation In sum, at Veolia Transportation, we’re leading the charge toward a greener, more sustainable tomorrow. We’ve made a huge commitment, and by holding ourselves to a high standard, we want to invite others to join us – because we know that every car that is parked instead of driven is a small victory for our planet.