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Our PlaneTER programme reduces the environmental impact of our TER regional trains, making rail travel even greener. Find out how.

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Regional trains are eco-friendly by definition. Every day, our TERs keep over 1 million cars off the road.

When you choose rail, you’re opting for one of the most eco-friendly mobility solutions around. And soon we’ll transition to power sources that are even greener—hydrogen, biofuels and next-generation batteries.

Armed with these new technologies, SNCF and France’s regional transport authorities will work together to shrink carbon footprints for TER passengers.

Every day, regional rail passengers leave 1.1 million cars at home in the garage

Hybrid TERs: Coming soon to a station near you

Hybrid trains are greener, quieter and cheaper, and they’ll be here soon. Type-approval testing is now complete, and commercial operation is set to begin in 2023. We expect our hybrid TERs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy consumption by up to 20%.

Learn more about our hybrid TERs

On track for hydrogen-powered regional trains

We’re also developing hydrogen TERs, with preliminary testing slated for late 2023. These new hydrogen-powered trainsets are expected to replace the diesel TER locomotives now running on the non-electrified sections of our network.

Learn more about hydrogen-powered TERs

Battery-powered TERs to arrive in 2023

In this project, we’re replacing diesel engines with lithium batteries, starting with 5 pilot trainsets. Backed by SNCF Group, 5 French regions, and train manufacturer Bombardier, the battery TER is expected to cut energy consumption by up to 20%.

Learn more about the battery TER

Running on rapeseed: the biofuel TER

We’re now trialling B100 biofuel as a replacement for diesel in 15 TER trains in Normandy. If successful, this new solution could cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 60%.

Learn more

Every region is unique, so we take a customized approach, helping each regional authority choose the right energy and get it to the right place at the right time.

Jean-Aimé Mougenot, Acting Director, TER

Next steps

Our TER subsidiary is determined to become a major player in tomorrow’s low-carbon mobility by meeting three key goals:

  • cutting 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025
  • shrinking TER passengers’ carbon footprint by one-third
  • preventing 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in France by convincing drivers to take trains

PlaneTER—a vital commitment

The Covid-19 pandemic has stepped up the pace of environmental awareness around the world, and we’re ramping up our own efforts with PlaneTER, a key component of our TER 2021-2025 strategic plan.

At its core, PlaneTER is a pragmatic campaign to unite TER employees, customers and regional stakeholders behind a simple idea: when more people choose TER, CO2 emissions drop significantly.

PlaneTER focuses on three action areas:

  • boost energy efficiency by optimizing day-to-day operations. This means paying attention to how we drive and park our trains, choosing the right temperature settings in our coaches, managing our transport system and service vehicles effectively and improving on-time arrivals.
  • renovate our existing rolling stock and deploy new technologies such as hybrid and hydrogen trains, batteries and biofuels
  • reduce each passenger’s carbon footprint by attracting as many riders as possible, through good deals and door-to-door travel options.
  • 1

    more passenger on each of our 8,200 daily TERs reduces CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes.

  • 73 %

    of our trains are now electric or dual-mode.