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More TERs, less CO₂

We celebrated European Sustainable Development Week by launching PlaneTER, our campaign to reduce the environmental impact of our TER regional trains and make them even more eco-friendly. Here’s how it works.

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Regional rail travel is eco-friendly by nature. Every day, passengers on our TER trains leave over 1 million cars at home in the garage.

When you choose rail, you’re opting for one of the greenest mobility solutions around—and that will be even more true in coming years as we shift to trains powered by hydrogen, next-generation batteries, biogas and biofuels.

Thanks to these new technologies, France’s regional transport organizing authorities (TOAs) will be able to slash CO2 emissions from their rail networks, and SNCF will eliminate diesel by 2035.

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—greener, quieter and cheaper—will soon be here, with high-capacity batteries that save more energy and generate less noise. The first hybrid Régiolis trains are slated to begin running under actual operating conditions in 2021.

Learn more about our hybrid TERs

On track for hydrogen-powered regional trains

In addition to our work on hybrid TERs and biofuels, we’re developing hydrogen-powered TERs, with testing set to begin in 2022. These zero-emission trainsets will replace the diesel locomotives now running on the non-electrified sections of our network.

Learn more about hydrogen-powered TERs

The ecological transition can’t wait. With our regional partners, we’re innovating to create a more sustainable mobility system that will preserve our planet and serve communities throughout France. Shrinking our carbon footprint is everyone’s business.

Frank Lacroix, Managing Director TER, SNCF Voyageurs

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.