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Stepping up

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

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Being part of the solution

We’re going all-out to lay the groundwork for the ecological transition, increasing our investment in research and carrying out studies with partners in the business community, academia and civil society.

We always want to be part of the solution, 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.

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 give the environment more weight in their 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 the costs of greenhouse gases are incorporated into the final price of goods and services. That, in turn, enables 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 each industry should take to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050—a goal consistent with the target announced by Nicolas Hulot, France’s former Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

Zen 2050 uses Kaya’s equation (a method for calculating greenhouse gas emissions) to better define the policy actions required to control carbon emissions. Its conclusions, presented in late 2018, offer a framework for assessing strategies and guiding investments in every sector of the economy.

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

At SNCF, we’ve adopted the principles of the circular economy—better design, less consumption and better recycling—and to make this effort successful, we’ve partnered with Orée. Founded in 1992, this non-profit organization encourages companies and communities to put CSE policies into practice and apply the principles of the circular economy.

Since 2013, we’ve been actively involved in Orée, serving as both board member and deputy chair, and taking the lead in three sector-specific clubs. For SNCF, key elements of the circular economy include reclaiming foams and textiles, deconstructing buildings, and managing waste from stations and trains.

As part of this effort, we’ve taken a leadership role in FRIVEP, a campaign to create a full-scale industry for re-using and recycling workwear.

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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”) is a group of climatologists, oceanographers, economists and other specialists who are actively sharing their climate expertise.

They inspired our Climate Train—a specially adapted TER featuring a travelling exhibit that gives visitors a better understanding of the climate-related 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 climate issues facing each region are going out to a variety of audiences and accompanying visitors through 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 travelled throughout France in 2018 and 2019.

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