Cross­rail meets green tar­gets

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Cross­rail has achieved or beaten many of its en­vi­ron­men­tal tar­gets, as it moves into the fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion.

Among the en­vi­ron­men­tal tar­gets beaten were re­cy­cling 97% of ex­ca­vated ma­te­rial (against a tar­get fig­ure of 95%), and re­cy­cling 97% of con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion ma­te­rial (against a tar­get of 90%). Stones re­cov­ered from dis­used and dis­man­tled plat­forms were do­nated to the Great West­ern So­ci­ety at Did­cot for re­con­struc­tion there.

The project’s car­bon diox­ide foot­print was re­duced by 15%, re­flect­ing the slow­down in con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, while ef­forts to re­duce emis­sions when the rail­way is run­ning have in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els at Old Oak Com­mon, along with rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tems to re­duce water con­sump­tion.

“From in­creas­ing the pro­por­tion of ma­chin­ery fit­ted with emis­sion con­trols to re­duc­ing our en­ergy con­sump­tion, Cross­rail re­mains on track to meet its sus­tain­abil­ity tar­gets,” said Cross­rail Chief Ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Wol­sten­holme.

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