The use of public transport is a pillar of sustainability in cities. At TMB we manage our services while protecting the environment and working actively to incorporate less polluting energy sources and develop greener technologies.
We work in accordance with our Environmental Sustainability Master Plan, based on four major objectives:
- To strengthen the role of TMB as a major actor in metropolitan transport using new transport models based on the application of new, more efficient and less polluting technologies.
- To strengthen our relationship with the public and users and facilitate the use of public transport over private vehicles.
- To develop and implement plans and measures to reduce environmental impact and slow climate change and reduce emissions.
- To involve the entire organisation to include environmental sustainability in TMB’s daily activity.
Thanks to this undertaking we have become the cleanest public transport network in Europe.
We are able to ensure appropriate water management thanks to audits, the constant detection of possible improvements and the design of the integrated management plan (reduction of consumption, utilization of phreatic, waste and rain water). Advancing in the context of the Master Plan, we have designed an environmental management pilot scheme, based on a station and a workshop, which contemplates optimised water management and increased energy efficiency.
The main challenge we face is the responsible management of the waste generated in the course of our activity. In order to achieve this, we must first identify the waste, initiate improvements, implement a collection system in workshops, offices and the network, and anticipate what measures need to be implemented in the design of new areas and new facilities or when carrying out alterations.
Environmental sustainability is linked to greater efficiency in the configuration and management of the bus fleet and metro network. Aspects such as the defining of an efficient network type, the constant updating of emission and immission maps, extending bus lanes, optimising traffic light priority for buses or adapting the design of stops to facilitate intermodality or accessibility are elements that can be planned and managed to make a more sustainable public transport network.
Public transport contributes to reducing atmospheric and noise pollution in cities. However, we must continue to work to minimise levels. To do this, we must establish the emission, noise and vibration levels we produce in the course of our activity and draw up action plans to reduce those that have the greatest impact.
Our application of environmental criteria when purchasing technology, research into maximum efficiency when renewing the bus fleet, consideration of environmental criteria in remodelling processes, repair and maintenance of vehicles and our spirit of constantly seeking mobile units that better meet environmental requirements, make TMB a reference in environmental sustainability and means that we meet the most exacting standards of eco-efficiency in order to minimise impact on climate change.
The design and implementation of an environmental management system establishes the bases for the gradual improvement of TMB's environmental behaviour. It includes a series of organisational responsibilities, procedures, processes and necessary means of implementing sustainability policy effectively.
TMB is currently implementing an environmental management system based on standard ISO 14001:2004 for buses on public roads.
Having an internal culture of sustainability means incorporating criteria of responsible consumption (energy, water, materials and proper waste management into our way of thinking, that is, when making decisions and when TMB staff undertake their activities. When a culture of sustainability becomes rooted in an organisation, this is projected more strongly and with greater credibility towards the wider world.
The inclusion of sustainability criteria in purchasing processes has a twofold impact: one internal, in which sustainability is incorporated into the management of one of the company's critical actions, and one external, by means of which considerable external influence is exercised by favouring the integration of sustainability into the behaviour of the supply chain.
Applying environmental criteria to infrastructure, research into construction materials that better meet environmental requirements and the consideration of environmental criteria in remodelling, repair and maintenance processes contribute to the environmental sustainability of TMB.
Giving society the best response in terms of sustainable responsibility involves managing relations with the different external agents to establish their expectations of TMB—requirements, priorities—verifying the initiatives TMB undertakes, detecting risks and opportunities and fostering sustainable mobility synergies with the Administration and other public transport operators.
This involves the development of communication and awareness-raising action aimed at encouraging the use of public transport and corporate reputation via messages associated with sustainable mobility, such as: more economical, safer, healthier, more efficient, less polluting, less congestion, less noise... a city with greater quality of life.