World Water Day 2020
17 March 2020
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
World Water Day 2020 is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. The campaign shows how our use of water will help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and will help fight climate change itself. By adapting to the water effects of climate change, we will protect health and save lives. And, by using water more efficiently, we will reduce greenhouse gases.
Jenny Outten, CPMS Head of Safety, Assurance and Environment recently published an article on LinkedIn; CPMS are committed to supporting Britain's Railways in their drive for decarbonisation by 2050.
Rail is already a naturally low-carbon transport mode. Despite making up around 10% of all distance travelled across the UK, rail is responsible for less than 2.5% of total transport emissions and about 0.6% of the UK's total emissions.
CPMS have worked on numerous Electrification schemes such as Gospel Oak to Barking Electrification and Great Eastern, Shenfield to Southend Victoria and the Mark One refurbishment on the Fenchurch street lines. CPMS know that by eliminating diesel engines from the rail network will see significant reductions in the rail's carbon footprint and this was highlighted by Jo Johnson MP, the Minister for Rail in February 2018, when she challenged the rail industry to remove all diesel-only trains from the network by 2040 and to provide a vision for how it will decarbonise.
The rail industry and government are working together to ensure the railways continue to offer one of the lowest-carbon transport options for passengers and freight. The rail industry intends to decarbonise through improved energy efficiency, new power sources and modal shift.
Extract from the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce's Final Report to the Minister for Rail (July 2019) Decarbonisation – Our Final Report to the Rail Minister
CPMS are also working with lineside developers (such as Enfield council) to build adjacent to rail and rail stations. This will also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint further, primarily focusing on commuters that will remove the need for driving to/from the stations as part of their daily commute.
Key messages of World Water Day:
• We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans.
• Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation solutions.
• Everyone has a role to play. In our daily lives, there are surprisingly easy steps we can all take to address climate change.
World Water Day Video