We want to make travelling by train as easy as driving. How? By developing active and shared mobility options for getting to and from stations—so when people choose rail, CO2 emissions fall even more.
As part of this effort, we’re continuing to offer digital technologies through our all-in-one SNCF app. We’re also developing a full palette of services to support you over the last leg of your journey—and the first.
Our door-to-door services
Whether you own or rent a bike, we offer a range of options to help make cycling part of your journey—including over 24,000 secure bicycle parking spaces at stations across France.
Light rail and metro
As our climate continues to change, offering easy-to-use urban public transport is more critical than ever. Thanks to our subsidiary Keolis, SNCF is the world’s leading light rail operator.
Our ride-sharing service is a great solution for commuting and other routine journeys.
Stations play a central role in our drive for sustainable mobility. As multimodal transport hubs, they offer a smoother, safer transition to urban transport, green mobility options and mass transit.
1% of CO2e
Rail carries 10% of passengers and freight but generates just 1% of the CO2e emitted by the transport sector.
Our commitment is simple: we want to make your travel efficient and eco-friendly.
France’s transport industry generates 30% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the French government has pledged to eliminate at least 70% of transport-related emissions by 2050. SNCF has a critical role in meeting this challenge, and we’re doing our part by making rail more attractive—especially to drivers.
3 sample journeys, 3 CO₂e footprints
Travel in France
A journey from Nantes to Lyon generates:
- 87 kg of CO2e per passenger on a plane
- 64 kg of CO2e per passenger in a car
- 3 kg of CO2e per passenger in a TGV
A journey from Dijon to Auxerre generates:
- 22 kg of CO2e per passenger in a car
- 5.5 kg of CO2e per passenger in a train
Travel in the Paris region
A journey from Pontoise to Paris generates:
- 5 kg of CO2e per passenger in a car
- 0.18 kg of CO2e per passenger in a train
The CO2 your travel generates
In 2007 France passed the Grenelle Act, requiring all transport operators to provide you with information on the CO2 footprint for their services. As part of our commitment to sustainable mobility, we give you the full range of information.
When you buy your train ticket, you can get information on the CO2 emissions for all of your journeys and choose the most eco-friendly transport solution.
Rail—the natural energy-saver
Rail is a particularly good solution for routine transport of large volumes of freight over long distances.
The challenge is to combine the advantages of each transport mode—road, sea and air—and offer comprehensive, end-to-end transport that works for both the economy and the environment.
Comprehensive transport offer
For every semi-trailer transported from Perpignan, France to Luxembourg, rail motorways save one tonne of CO2 emissions, eliminating some 70,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2016 alone.
Once they reach a city, goods are carried to consolidation platforms on the outskirts, then distributed to locations in the centre using low-emission vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas or hybrid technology.
In cities, freight transport accounts for 20% of traffic and 40% of pollution.
We’re working with our subsidiaries to find solutions that reduce these environmental impacts.
For example, a Paris department store chose our subsidiary Geodis and its natural gas-powered trucks to handle deliveries. Result:
- 15% less CO2 emissions than diesel trucks
- 50% less noise for the local community
of Fret SNCF volumes are hauled by electric locomotives
Tackling a big challenge
We also see ourselves as a champion of “demobility”, defined as the elimination of unnecessary mobility. We’re pursuing this goal by focusing on three strategic priorities:
- showing governments and stakeholders how expert urban planning can bring home, work and leisure closer together
- creating coworking spaces near stations so employees can work close to home
- staggering work hours to avoid peak travel times and using incentives to redistribute traffic. In Rennes, for example, a partnership between the university, hospitals and major businesses has evened out the flow of passengers, eliminating saturation and the hassles of rush hour.