Here we provide a summary of the actions and initiatives being taken by the rail industry and the government.

Net Zero 2050

Britain's railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050. Rail is already a naturally low-carbon transport mode. Despite making up around 10% of all distance travelled across the UK, rail is responsible for less than 2.5% of total transport emissions and about 0.6% of the UK’s total emissions. 

For rail this means reducing, and ultimately eliminating, greenhouse gas emissions  through improved energy efficiency, new energy sources and by removing diesel trains from the passenger network. It will support wider transport sector decarbonisation by providing cost- and carbon-effective opportunities for modal shift for passengers and freight from other transport modes.