Managing our environmental impacts.
Originally appointed to manage the IT systems at the Tyne Tunnels, Hanson's role has expanded during the years he has worked here, and now encompasses the management of the full range of technical and maintenance needs at the tunnels.
Tyne Tunnels monitoring
and managing environmental
The environmental conditions provided to customers using the vehicle tunnels are monitored continuously.
TT2 is strongly committed to managing its environmental impacts as carefully as possible, and constantly seeks opportunities to improve its environmental performance.
A range of initiatives are running across the organisation towards this aim.
TT2 actively drives an ethos of waste minimisation, with a tiered approach to re-use, reduce, and recycle. All staff are supported in recycling day-to-day items such as soft drinks cans, plastic cups, office paper and cardboard packaging. Corporately TT2 also manages its resources and waste products as efficiently as possible, minimising waste arisings wherever possible and recycling items that are spent.
A fully automated air quality control and ventilation system has been installed in the Tyne Tunnels and the tunnel portals to maintain acceptable air quality standards.
Landscape. TT2 has a large natural landscape, covering the tunnel portals. These grounds are sensitively managed, and in August 2013 a full landscape survey was carried out which identified areas for wildflower habitat creation. 10,000 poppy seeds have also been purchased to support the 2014 Real Poppy Campaign.
Moth surveys undertaken during 2013 have revealed the presence of several rare species of moth inhabiting TT2’s grounds. This includes the Phyllocnistis Unipunctella, which has only been recorded five other times in Northumberland.
In order to support national efforts to strengthen bee populations TT2 has been working closely with a local bee keeper to develop a localised strategy. In 2014 bees will be actively introduced into the TT2 landscape and staff training will enable key TT2 officers to support the growth and development of the bee population on site. Historically, TT2 has erected bird and squirrel boxes, with support from North Tyneside Council, to support local populations.
TT2 plays an active role in grass roots community initiatives, particularly through our local community groups and schools. A future initiative is being planned to enable school children to visit the bee communities that will be established on TT2’s landscape, for educational purposes.