On the right track to cut greenhouse gas emissions

SNCF is a vital player in low-carbon mobilities, offering sustainable solutions to the twin challenges of limiting climate change and protecting the environment. And you don’t have to take our word for it. In July 2019, the Science Based Targets initiative validated our goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cutting greenhouse gas emissions

As part of our mission—bringing the freedom of effortless mobility and a greener planet to all—we’re committed to slashing our emissions. Our aim? To make a low-carbon mobility offer available to you.

We’ve pledged to reduce our CO2e emissions 26% by 2030, and in July 2019 the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative validated that target. Our goal includes business trend projections through 2030, provided by SNCF Voyages, Transilien commuter rail, TER regional rail, SNCF Fret and other SNCF business units.

About the Science Based Targets initiative

By 2015, 80%1 of the world’s top 500 companies had set targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But would these commitments actually meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise this century to below two degrees Celsius? The mission of the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative is to answer that question.

Experts at SBT, backed by four non-governmental organizations2, have developed a methodology enabling companies and municipalities to set GHG reduction targets that are consistent with the Paris Agreement. SNCF is one of around 30 French companies whose targets have been validated by the SBT.

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The SBT has validated the targets of 298 companies, including 28 in France

Eliminate 1/4 of emissions by 2030

At SNCF, we’ve pledged to eliminate 26%4 of our Scope 1 & 2 GHGs3 by 2030, and 26%4 of our energy-related Scope 33 GHGs by the same date. And we’re committed to ensuring that our goods and services suppliers (covering 70% of our emissions) set their own Science Based Targets by 2024.

1 Figures established by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) 

2 World Resources Institute, WWF, Carbon Disclosure Project and United Nations Global Compact.

3 Scope 1 = direct greenhouse gas emissions generated by the activity of an organization or region

Scope 2 = indirect emissions from consumption of electricity or heat

Scope 3 = all other indirect emissions

4 As an absolute value, relative to the base year of 2017.