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Stepping up

We’re actively involved in the fight against climate change. Find out how we and our partners—in the business community, in academia and in civil society—are making a difference.

Being part of the solution

We’re going all out to lay the groundwork for the ecological transition, investing in research and conducting studies with partners in the business community, academia and civil society.

Our goal is to be part of the solution—always—and the COP 21 Climate Change Conference, held in Paris in 2015, was an opportunity to enhance our credibility as a serious player in the climate movement.


“We must take action—first, to optimize travel, then to use the most energy-efficient resources, and finally to optimize use of each transport mode. Rail, mass transit, cycling and other active solutions, and low-carbon door-to-door transport aren’t only our best contribution to the planet—they’re opportunities for French businesses to excel."

Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of SNCF’s Executive Board and Chairman and CEO of SNCF Mobilités

Climate Chance

Climate Chance is an association of multiple non-state actors committed to fighting disruptive climate change. Its aims: Recognize regional climate initiatives, encourage efforts to achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement in 2015, and make a concrete contribution towards meeting the goals of the signatory countries.

SNCF participated in summits organized by Climate Chance in Lyon in 2015, in Nantes in 2016 and in Agadir, Morocco in 2017. At each event, we underscored our commitment to sustainable mobility and advocated for:

  • low-carbon solutions for reaching railway stations, including shared mobility and active mobility options such as cycling and walking
  • interconnected, multimodal freight transport solutions 

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The French association Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE)

Founded in 1992, EpE is an association of some 40 major corporations, both French and international, that want to make the environment a more important component of strategic decision-making.

In addition to being an EpE member, SNCF is an active participant in several of the association’s commissions—high-level forums where representatives of companies, NGOs, and ministries can share ideas with elected officials, scientists and academics. 

EpE’s priority is to promote adoption of a carbon price to ensure that greenhouse gas costs are incorporated into the final price of goods and services and enable consumers to choose goods and services with the lowest CO2 emissions.

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Zen 2050

The Zen 2050 study, launched under EpE’s leadership, aims to identify the actions industries should take to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050— a goal consistent with the target announced by Nicolas Hulot, France’s Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

Zen 2050 uses Kaya’s equation (a way of calculating greenhouse gas emissions) to better define the policy actions required to control carbon emissions. Its conclusions, set for release in late 2018, will provide a framework for assessing strategies and guiding investments across all sectors of the economy.

Organisation pour le Respect de l’Environnement dans l’Entreprise (Orée)

Founded in 1992, Orée is an organization of over 170 stakeholders from every part of society that aims to create and maintain a thoughtful, shared conversation on three priority issues: biodiversity, the circular economy and the role of businesses in local communities.
As an active member of Orée, SNCF has access to:

  • a forum for meaningful exchange between different cross-sections of society
  • support for creating new projects
  • a creative space for developing practical tools
  • a source of expertise for members
  • a leading website for environmental intelligence
  • a source of proposals that is recognized by institutions

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Foundation for Nature and Mankind (FNH)

Founded by Nicolas Hulot, FNH encourages individuals and communities to adopt new habits that will step up the pace of the ecological transition in societies around the world.
We have supported FNH since 2012, as part of an ambitious partnership to promote sustainable mobility—defined as mobility that:

  • is more affordable, lowering the risk of energy poverty
  • reduces resource consumption
  • has lower greenhouse gas emissions

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Les Messagers du climat

An offshoot of the French association Météo et Climat, Les Messagers du climat (“Climate Messengers”) are a group of climatologists, oceanographers, economists and other scientists who are actively sharing their knowledge of the climate. They inspired our Climate Train—a specially adapted TER with a climate exhibit that gives visitors a better understanding of the challenges we face, examines how we might meet them and shows them what they can do. SNCF is a partner and co-founder of the project.

For the 2018-2019 edition, new volunteers and young researchers familiar with the climate issues facing each region are going out to a variety of audiences and accompanying visitors throughout the exhibit as they explore the history of our climate.

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  • The Climate Train exhibit was on view 7 15 December 2017 in Paris-Est station.

  • In 2015, the first Climate Train crisscrossed France in advance of the COP 21 Climate Change Conference, held in Paris that year.

  • Installed aboard a Mistral train, the exhibit gave the public an opportunity to learn about Earth’s climate—past, present and future.

  • The Climate Train will travel throughout France in 2018-2019.

  • At each city on its itinerary, it will stop for several days, offering a programme of debates, events and tours for students.