Climate Action

Kings Cross station reduces carbon emissions by over 40 tonnes

Kings Cross railway station in London has reduced carbon emissions by over 40 tonnes from solar installation.

  • 09 November 2018
  • Rachel Cooper

Kings Cross railway station in London has reduced carbon emissions by over 40 tonnes from solar installation.

During a major refurbishment, which took place between 2006 and 2012, several measures were implemented by Network Rail to ensure sustainable outcomes.

The eco-friendly initiatives included rainwater harvesting taps, extra insulation and 2,300 square metres of solar panels.

The solar panels, specifically designed to integrate with the Grade I listed building, have generated one million kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 38 homes for a full year. This has saved Network Rail £125,000 in utility costs.

Rob McIntosh, Network Rail Route Managing Director, said: “Network Rail is committed to being as efficient and sustainable as possible. The initiatives we introduced at King’s Cross during the refurbishment are paying real dividends both in terms of reducing our carbon footprint and in saving us money.”

Network Rail now want to encourage other companies to implement sustainable measures to reap the same benefits.

Rob McIntosh added: “We now want to encourage our retail tenants, contractors and station users to do their bit to cut down on waste, increase recycling and be more environmentally friendly.”

This news follows a report that confirmed that the UK renewable energy capacity has surpassed fossil fuels for the first time.

Photograph: Network Rail