Setting standards in climate protection.

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The railway remains the most environmentally friendly form of transport behind human-powered mobility such as the bicycle.

By moving traffic onto the railways, SBB is making a significant contribution to climate protection in Switzerland. With its climate protection strategy, SBB is also actively committed to reducing CO2-emissions in railway operations and in its stations, offices, factory buildings and other facilities. By 2025, it has set itself the goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by half compared with 1990.

SBB is making an important contribution to climate protection in Switzerland.

After non motorised transport, the railway is the most climate friendly form of transport. A train journey in Switzerland generates 27 times less CO2 than a car journey on a comparable route.

Thanks to SBB's eco friendly transport solutions and its drive to move traffic onto the railways, Switzerland saves five million tonnes of CO2-emissions per year, equivalent to 10% of the country's overall emissions.

SBB is cutting its CO2 emissions by half.

By saving energy and switching to renewable energies, SBB had reduced its CO2-emissions since 1990 to 132 575 tonnes (-37%) at the end of 2015. SBB has set itself an ambitious goal in its climate strategy 2016-2025. By 2025, it wants to halve its CO2-emissions compared with 1990. It also plans to adopt strategic measures in the future to tackle indirect emissions from the supply chain and emissions generated by product use. SBB is therefore leading the way in reducing CO2-emissions.

In implementing its strategy, SBB is concentrating on the following five key activities:

SBB is directly affected by climate change.

With forward thinking measures, SBB is ensuring that the network will continue to function reliably even if the consequences of climate change start to be felt in the form of extreme weather conditions.

For further information, please see Natural hazards

Flagship example.

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