Sustainable travel through Europe

The Railteam alliance is particularly concerned with environmental issues and sustainable development.

While you’re travelling through the continent at high-speed, on-board a high-tech train along Europe’s rail network, our engineers and technicians are working hard to reduce CO2 emissions even further.

Journeys made by high-speed train generate up to 90% less CO2 emissions than comparable transport modes. Trains operated by Railteam’s members run on electricity, and therefore emit practically no CO2. However, the volume of CO2 generated by rail traffic depends on the various forms of energy production. Emissions are even more reduced in the countries where Railteam’s members operate in as these are increasingly making use of renewable sources of energy.

Trains also produce energy: energy generated during braking which is then converted into electrical energy and fed back into the rail network via the overhead lines. This energy can then be reused by other trains.

The Railteam alliance is aware of the importance of sustainable development and has set itself the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 1990 levels by the year 2020.