Freightliner Environmental Commitment
In comparison to road, rail offers many significant environmental benefits, including:
- Reducing CO2 emissions by 76% per freight tonne mile moved compared to road.
- Improving local air quality.
- Where electric locomotives are used, CO2 and air quality are improved even further.
Rail freight can therefore play a key role in meeting the government’s environmental targets. Growing rail’s share of the surface freight market will be crucial in meeting the UK’s future carbon reduction targets.
Investments by rail freight operators and the government have further enhanced rail freight’s green credentials. Improvements to the capability of the rail network and the acquisition of new rolling stock have allowed freight operators to run more efficient, longer and heavier trains. Since 2003, freight tonnes moved per train have increased by over 75%, and further incremental increased are planned, increasing the productivity of the paths we use on the rail network.
We have invested in fitting all our class 66 locomotive fleet with start-stop technology and this is used in conjunction with our loco idling policies to minimise energy consumption.
We are proud to support Midlands Connect project to create space for up to 72 extra freight trains a day, with the potential to shift a million lorries’ worth of cargo a year from road to rail.