Rail freight contributes to a cleaner environment
In 2016 SBB Cargo International saved a total of around 830,000 tonnes of CO2 – thus avoiding some 1.2 million road haulage journeys. Compared with 2015, the company has reduced its transport emission levels by a further 10%.
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. "We are proud to have made such a significant contribution to climate protection together with our customers. We define this as sustainability," says Pascal Jenni, Head of Sales and Product Development at SBB Cargo International.
This month, SBB Cargo International will be providing its customers with tailored emissions reports detailing the emissions savings they achieve by transporting their goods by rail compared with road freight. The figures have been calculated in collaboration with EcoTransit based on each route. Alongside information about the greenhouse gases produced, it also lists information about other air pollutants such as ozone and particulates.
In cooperation with the international climate protection organisation myclimate, SBB Cargo International also offers its customers an innovative approach to communicating their commitment to climate protection. They can make their shipments with SBB Cargo totally climate-neutral by offsetting the cost. The offsetting costs are used to develop and support climate protection projects around the world with the highest international standards.