Our aim is to make booking and travelling by train as seamless as possible so that it’s easier for you to make greener travel choices.
In the UK and across Europe, governments are targeting net zero emissions by 2050. Transport is the largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions and across Europe, it accounts for more than a fifth.* This means that collectively, how we choose to travel can have a big impact on the environment. Taking a flight for a journey which could be travelled by train generates 20 times more carbon, and 7 times more if you choose to go by car.*
This is what motivates us at Trainline – we keep innovating on our app and website so that we can continue to make the choice of travelling by train even more of a no-brainer. It’s why our customers are twice as likely to increase their train travel, having switched most often from car, in comparison with others who don’t use Trainline.*
In fact, it’s estimated that our customers will save 600,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next three years by moving to more sustainable travel modes.* It’s the equivalent to the CO2 that would be absorbed by 9 million trees over the same period.
As well as helping our customers make more sustainable travel choices, we support our teams, who share a passion for protecting the environment, in making greener choices for themselves. Our travel policy encourages our people to choose public transport for longer journeys, otherwise, we make owning a bike more accessible, for completing journeys and shorter trips. Through the Cycle to Work scheme, Trainliners can pay off the cost of their chosen bike and gear over a 12-month period, tax and interest-free.
Our “Green Team”, made up of Trainliners across the business, are committed to reducing the carbon impact of our office spaces, such as minimising the amount of plastic we use and increasing the materials we recycle. We make a conscious effort to make better choices for the environment on a day-to-day basis, including considering environmental credentials when selecting catering, courier services, and office supplies and making the switch to renewable energy contracts.
As well as inspiring modal shift from more polluting forms of transport, our journey to carbon net-zero has begun and we are committed to making meaningful progress. We have pledged to set ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets, and have signed up to both the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Call to Action. We are currently establishing a comprehensive and accurate view of our emissions, which will inform our strategies to reach carbon net-zero and determine our net-zero goal, with clear interim targets to measure our progress.
In the meantime, we’ve offset the carbon emissions from our operations over the last year – including the impact of our team working from home during the pandemic. We’ve chosen to do this via a donation to the Neema Forestry program which preserves 170,000 hectares of forest in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya while developing a local sustainable economy.
*For references, please visit the Trainline Investor website here.