June 13, 2024

Trainline gets approval for net zero targets

Ambitious science-based net zero targets set by Trainline have been officially verified by Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

SBTi is a global body which enables businesses to set emissions reduction targets in line with climate science. 

Trainline has committed to achieving a package of emission reductions:

  • Reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain by 2040.
  • Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 55.2% by 2030 from a 2020 base year.
  • Ensure that 80% of its suppliers by spend covering purchased goods and services will have science-based targets by 2028.
  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2040 versus 2020.
  • Reduce absolute scope 3 GHG greenhouse gas emissions 90% by 2040 versus 2020.

Pete Wood, Chief Financial Officer of Trainline, said: “We promote rail and its credentials as a greener travel choice than car or plane, so that means we must also lead by example when it comes to the environmental impact of our own business.

“We have committed to net zero through these science-based targets to show we are determined to substantially reduce our carbon emissions, and to play our part in addressing the climate change challenge facing society.”

Trainline is dedicated to action on three key priorities focused on driving positive change and reducing emissions in the transport sector.

To measure and reduce, Trainline will aim to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions at “an accelerated pace” through the deployment of renewable electricity and procurement of lower-carbon gas alternatives.

It will also ensure suppliers remain actively invested in reducing the emissions of their products and work with them to develop bespoke activity-based models and lifecycle assessments, for example digital marketing, to improve emissions measurement.

To educate and inform, it will continue to develop initiatives such as personalised carbon dashboards, which show the CO2 emissions saved by taking the train instead of driving.

To influence and change, Trainline has initiated the ‘I came by train’ movement to celebrate and build greater public awareness of the environmental benefits of rail travel.

It aims to increase the number of people choosing to travel by train, supporting the UK Climate Change Committee’s targets for a 30% increase in passenger rail travel by 2035.