May 20, 2024

Case study highlights major carbon benefit of switching from car to rail

A case study conducted by TMC (The Miles Consultancy) and validated by Thrust Carbon has highlighted the huge carbon savings of switching from car to rail.

The study, which came about as part of testing the TMC’s algorithm pre-launch of its mobility ‘super app’ Mobility iQ, was based on a user travelling five out of seven days, 12 hours a week and completing 20,000 miles/30,000 kilometers per annum.

The study shows that an ICE vehicle (petrol or diesel) equates to 0.09 tonnes of CO2e, a hybrid vehicle reduces this by 37% to 0.06 tonnes and an EV reduces this further to 0.03 tonnes. 

But TMC found that when travelling by rail, carbon is reduced by a significant 82% when compared to ICE vehicles, 72% compared to hybrid and 42% when compared to EV.

Stuart Donnelly, President of Mobility at The Miles Consultancy, said: “Decarbonising our fleets is not enough to get to net zero and moreover, you cannot decarbonise your suppliers fleets, and the issue is compounded by the fact, you typically cannot steer your employees choice of mode or supplier at point of sale, which unlike air and hotel is commonly the issue with ground transport”.

The Miles Consultancy is developing a mobility ‘super app’ designed to help steer employees across modes and suppliers of ground transport through one mobile app. 

Mobility iQ seeks to transform the current mobility ecosystem, which today is highly fragmented and decentralised with this disruptive technology. 

The first release will be launched this month.