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At SNCF we’re constantly working to improve our environmental performance. True, rail is an inherently eco-friendly mode of transport. But we’ve also pledged to cut our greenhouse gas emissions from passenger traffic by 30% from 1990 to 2020. And today we’re applying ecodesign—designing products with sustainable development in mind—to all of our equipment, materials and buildings.

Melting into the landscape

Right from the start, the Besançon Franche-Comté and Belfort-Montbéliard TGV stations were designed to meet the sustainability challenges of our Rhine-Rhone high-speed line. As major transport hubs, they promote intermodality—the use of several modes of transport for a single journey—so it’s easy for you to transfer from your TGV to a regional train, a car, a coach or a bicycle.

You almost missed the station? That’s not surprising. Our Besançon Franche-Comté station blends into its surroundings like no other: the main building is partially underground, and its roof is covered with vegetation. Renewables supply 75% of the energy it consumes, and it features a wood boiler, 300 sq m of photovoltaic panels on the roof, and a solar power plant.

The Belfort-Montbéliard station is designed like a bridge, with four tracks flanking a single central platform that measures 400 m by 15 m. Inside, the buildings are lined with wood. Heat rises from deep underground, drawn by geothermal probes and heat pumps, while rainwater and runoff are filtered through plant-lined trenches before flowing back into the drainage system.

reduction in CO2 from powering trains between 2007 and 2010

certification: Besançon-Franche- Comté and Belfort-Montbéliard TGV stations meet High Environmental Quality building standards

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