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What if the train was the way the method of transpart of the future?



The railroad transportation only represents 0,5 % of the total Transport Industry carbon dioxide rejections, it is therefore the least polluting actor as its contribution to the global warming is so small . Despite operating one of the "greenest" mean of transport, SNCF is aiming at trying to reduce its carbon footprint even more.

As a consequence, Train is the mean of transport with the lower carbon footprint:
- Airplanes = 180 g de CO2 per traveller and per km
- Cars = 111 g per traveller and per km
- High Speed trains (TGV) = 5,7g per traveller and per km


A commitment since 1999


How did the environment become a major stake? It is really in 1999 when the SNCF took the measure of the ecological challenge which was in front of it. By that time, the company signed the Charter of public enterprises for the sustainable development. In 2002, the company creates a Department delegated to the Sustainable development, connected with the Department of the Strategy.

In 2003, SNCF has signed a framework agreement with the ADEME (Agency of the Environment and the Control of the Energy). Finally, in 2005, SNCF sets up a Committee of ethics.

Concrete measures



To answer the urgency, SNCF experiments since the beginning of 2007, bio fuels in 3 regions. B30 (30 % of bio fuel, 70 % of diesel oil) is tested in Poitou-Charente with the circulation of 8 TER. Champagne-Ardenne and Burgundy regions will follow in 2008/09.

SNCF also makes a commitment to reduce the use of the phytosanitary products on railways and around it. An alternative: the train intelligent weeder. Via a computerized system and cameras under the train, the weeding is applied in a surgical way, according to the type of vegetation.

Another good pupil: Eurostar who launches the program " green Journey ". Objective: return its travellers neutral rejections of CO2. This plan foresees for example the reduction of the use of the paper thanks to the adoption of the electronic ticket and the ticket bar code downloaded on the mobile phone.

Besides, our trains have good energy efficiency thanks to the low fuel consumption.

Samples of energy consumption :

- Cars = 39 km / traveller for 1kg of equivalent fossil-fuel source
- Airplanes = 20 km / traveller for 1kg of equivalent fossil-fuel source
- High Speed Trains (TGV)= 172.2 km / traveller for 1kg of equivalent fossil-fuel source




Finally, the travellers are invited to get self-conscient on the questions of environment. In 2006, SNCF had already created the Eco Comparator in partnership with the ADEME. Eco comparator is a tool which allows to compare the time of travel, the price, as well as the CO2 rejection connected to the various means of transportation.


Compensation with Action Carbon


This year, the company goes even further and offers to its customers to compensate for their CO2 rejections, thanks to a partnership with Action Carbon. The travellers are invited to calculate their CO2 rejection according to the distance and to the chosen mean of transport, and to compensate for them through a credit card donation.

The received donations are then "mutualized" and assigned to all the projects supported by Action Carbon. As example, A round trip Paris / Marseille by plane emits 196 kgEqCO2: 2,94-euro compensation, when the same route by train emits 10kgEqCO2: 0,15-euro compensation.

More information on www.actioncarbone.org


SNCF has for ambition to become the leader of the eco-mobility by 2012


An example; Eurostar and its environmental assets

It is better when it is the others who say it: an independent study brings to light the environmental assets of Eurostar and high speed .

Commissioned in the UK on behalf of Eurostar Group Paul Watkiss Associates (independent expert, who notably produced a large number of studies for the European Commission and the British government) and the AEA Technology Environment (British body in charge of the air quality and the expertise of greenhouse gas emissions) reveals that flights from London to Paris and London-Brussels generate ten times more rejections of CO2 than the train.

This study, the conclusions of which were made public at the beginning of October, notably clarifies that a return flight London Heathrow Charles-de-Gaulle produces 122 kg of CO2 by traveler against 11 kg by traveler on the route Paris-London made in Eurostar. For the route London-Brussels, these figures are respectively of 160kg of CO2 by traveler against 18kg by traveler.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 14:15