ScotRail is up for a top environmental award in recognition for its work to improve biodiversity across Scotland’s Railway.

The train operator has been nominated for Partnership Scotland Award at upcoming the VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards 2019.

The category recognises partnerships which demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability and reducing environmental impact.

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Last year, ScotRail partnered with community volunteering charity The Conservation Volunteers and RSPB Scotland, and so far, these partnerships have:

· Invested £40,000 supporting 28 biodiversity projects

· Enhanced habitats for foraging insects and animals

· Created nine wildflower meadows and three ponds

· Dedicated 752 volunteer hours on biodiversity projects

· Upskilled 188 volunteers in local communities

· Increased awareness of the importance of biodiversity among school children

· Promoted the reuse of waste materials at ScotRail stations and depots

ScotRail is also exceeding ambitious energy and carbon reduction targets which form a critical part of its franchise agreement committed obligations.

The committed obligations required a 4 per cent reduction in the energy used in stations and depots – with a 7.45 per cent reduction achieved; and a 1 per cent reduction in the energy used to power trains – with a 9.8 per cent reduction achieved.

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ScotRail Head of Environment Damian Keaveny said: “It’s great be nominated for the Partnership Scotland Award at the 2019 VIBES.

“We recognise the part we have to play meeting Scotland’s ambition to be a world leader on tackling climate change, and we’re fully committed to creating a sustainable railway and which contributes to an environmentally aware Scotland.”