Rail embraces environmental stewardship as an important part of its corporate commitment and makes significant investment every year in the pursuit of innovation and new methodologies with the goal of reducing its environmental impact.

Ever increasing household costs and concerns for the environment are reversing the transportation trends away from road and back to Rail. In fact, while Rail carried more than a billion tonnes of freight and makes more than 685 million passengers per year, it is responsible for only 3.5% of transportation sector-related GHG emissions - far less than any other mode of land transportation. The superior environmental performance is a result of rail’s significant investment in its infrastructure and services.


Facts and Figures



  • Road travel produces more than 40% more carbon pollution than rail Travel for each kilometre travelled by a passenger.
  • Every additional rail journey reduces carbon emission costs by around 2 cent so if 1000 people switched their daily commute from road to rail, this would reduce costs from carbon emissions by 11,000 per year.



  • Rail freight causes up to 19 times less emissions than road freight.
  • Rail freight is up to 23 times more energy efficient than road freight.
  • Every tonne kilometre of freight moved from road to rail results in a reduction of carbon pollution costs of around 0.21 cents.