Consultation on developing ORR's approach to environment and sustainable development

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This consultation was on developing ORR's approach to environment and sustainable development. 

Consultation outcome

We consulted stakeholders on proposals to update two ORR policy documents on sustainable development and environment. 

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All the above documents were published on 21 September 2022.

September 2021 consultation

The consultation comprises a covering letter and two consultation documents:

  1. Consultation on a Revised ORR Sustainable Development Policy Statement
  2. Consultation on ORR’s Guidance on Environmental Arrangements for Railway Licence Holders 

Our covering letter explains the context to the consultation, how our work already supports environment and sustainable development in line with our statutory duties and how we see our role developing in future (for example in the context of PR23 and rail reform).

Consultation on a revised ORR sustainable development policy statement

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Our sustainable development policy statement applies to all our activities and is intended to provide transparency on our approach to the delivery of our duties on sustainable development, succinctly stating our policy, its aims and how we will put it into practice. 

Consultation on ORR's guidance on environmental arrangements for railway licence holders

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This guidance is intended to clearly state our expectations of railway licence holders and management of their activities affecting the environment. The guidance indicates we are keen to improve the availability and disaggregation of environmental data for rail. We are proposing to set up an ongoing industry process to achieve this. 

Publishing your response

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We plan to publish all responses to this consultation on our website.

Should you wish for any information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that this may be subject to publication, or release to other parties or to disclosure, in accordance with the access to information regimes. These regimes are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR,) the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Under the FOIA, there is a statutory code of practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, if you are seeking confidentiality for information you are providing, please explain why. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information, we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on ORR.

If you are seeking to make a response in confidence, we would also be grateful if you would annex any confidential information, or provide a non-confidential summary, so that we can publish the non-confidential aspects of your response.

Any personal data you provide to us will be used for the purposes of this consultation and will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice which sets out how we comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.


In responding to this consultation you consent to us:

  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
  • publishing your response on our website (unless you have indicated to us that you wish for your response to be treated as confidential as set out above.)

Your consent to either of the above can be withdrawn at any time. Further information about how we handle your personal data and your rights is set out in our privacy notice.

Format of responses

So that we are able to apply web standards to content on our website, we would prefer that you email us your response either in Microsoft Word format or OpenDocument Text (.odt) format. ODT files have a fully open format and do not rely on any specific piece of software.

If you send us a PDF document, please:

  • create it directly from an electronic word-processed file using PDF creation software (rather than as a scanned image of a printout); and
  • ensure that the PDF's security method is set to no security in the document properties.