Environmental protection

As the mobility of the world’s peoples continues to grow, so does international trade. SBB Cargo International is particularly concerned with minimising the negative impact of freight traffic. Every means of freight carriage has its advantages and justifications.

CO2 emissions on the north-south corridor

There is much to be said for using rail transport, particularly along Europe’s north-south corridor. On average, European freight trains account for only 29 grams of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere per tonne of freight and kilometre travelled. In road haulage, large trucks complying with the EURO 5 emissions standard still produce 81 grams. Hence, the longer the transport distance, the higher the savings by rail.

SBB Cargo International helps its customers to focus more on environmental protection. The EcoTransIT application can be used to calculate and compare the energy consumption and pollution emissions of transport by rail, road, sea and air, and identify the direct benefits achieved.

CO2 emissions
Emissions reports

Those who choose the train, choose the environment.

SBB Cargo International also provides its customers with tailored emissions reports detailing the emissions savings they achieve by transporting their goods by rail.

It also offers climate-neutral rail transport services in cooperation with the international climate protection foundation “myclimate”.

The International Union of Railways estimates that, in total, transportation in Switzerland and Europe generates external costs (accidents, emissions, climate change and noise) amounting to EUR 704 billion per year. Of these total costs, EUR 698 billion are caused by road traffic, while rail services account for only EUR 6 billion – so just 1%. By choosing rail, you choose in favour of the environment.