The environment

We're all seeing the increasing effect of climate change on the world around us. At ScotRail we believe it's up to us all to take action and do what we can to reduce the impact we have on our environment.

We know we have a responsibility, at a corporate level and as individuals, to do what we can to help tackle climate change.

ScotRail is now part of Abellio, who have a set of fundamental principles called The Abellio Way. This is defines our approach to caring for the environment.

Find out more about The Abellio Way

We fully support Scotland's world-leading ambitions for sustainable economic growth and environmental protection. Because of this we've established environmental targets for energy use reduction and reducing landfill waste, in agreement with Transport Scotland.

We encourage innovative solutions to the environmental challenges we all face in reducing carbon emissions and waste, so we're establishing a Sustainability Innovation Fund. This Fund will support research into potential solutions for reducing our waste and emissions.

We want to make the difference by working together so we're seeking out partners to work with us. This will help us to improve ScotRail's environmental performance as well as supporting staff training.

The Fund will be launching soon, so keep an eye on this page to find out more and get involved.

The amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere from our activity is called our carbon footprint. Over 40% of this comes from personal transport such as cars and motorbikes.

Calculate your carbon footprint

Travelling by train is less carbon intensive and could save you time and money, and help you reduce your carbon footprint. As if that wasn't enough, here are even more great reasons to take the train.

  1. You'll never get stuck in a traffic jam
  2. You can go really fast without a speeding fine
  3. Reading a book or the newspaper will not endanger the lives of you or your fellow passengers. Neither will day-dreaming out of the window or dozing off
  4. You don't need a map
  5. You can stretch your legs without accidentally braking or accelerating
  6. You can enjoy beautiful views out of the window
  7. You don't need to find a parking space, or worry about parking tickets
  8. You can eat and drink safely and comfortably without having to stop halfway through your journey at the motorway services
  9. You can concentrate on your work instead of having to concentrate on the road
  10. You're in safe hands as rail is nine times safer than car travel (ATOC, 2008)

You can travel to some incredible destinations with ScotRail so why not try something new. If you travel 80 miles once a month by train (from Ayr to Edinburgh) you could save over 220kg CO2 over a year compared to driving. That's the same amount of CO2 emitted by the electricity used to power a TV for two years.

Taking the train to meetings helps to reduce your carbon footprint but also gives you time to get more work done. By taking the train once a week on a return journey between Glasgow and Edinburgh you save over half a tonne of CO2 over a year compared to driving. That's the equivalent of powering a computer for nearly four years.

Buying a season ticket saves you money, and if you travel 30 miles to work (between Stirling and Glasgow) every day by train, you're saving over 1.5 tonnes of CO2 each year compared with driving. That's the same amount used to power a fridge for over 16 years.

Here are just some of the small steps you can take small steps to reduce your impact on the environment:

Save energy

  • Install energy-efficient light bulbs - if every UK household installed just three, we could power all our street lights with the left over energy
  • Turn off your appliances at the power switch and save on average £37 a year
  • Turn your thermostat down by one degree
  • Wash clothes at 30 degrees
  • Switch your lights off if you're not using them
  • Install roof and wall insulation and save up to £400 per year in energy costs

Save water

  • Turn off the taps when you're brushing your teeth or shaving - this can save up to five litres of water a minute
  • Take a shower instead of bath to save water
  • Fit a new washer to stop dripping taps - just two drips a second can add up to about 26 litres of water a day
  • Use a watering can instead of a hose in your garden

Reduce waste, re-use and recycle

  • Buy things you can reuse rather than disposable versions, like batteries
  • Give you clothes to charity or recycle them at a clothing bank
  • Give your print cartridges to a charity or workplace for refilling
  • Buy your goods in bulk and get concentrated cleaning products, this means you'll use less packaging

Greener shopping

  • Try borrowing or hiring items you're unlikely to use more than once - the average drill is used for only 15 minutes in its lifetime
  • Hang on to your shopping bags and reuse them - this will help to reduce the 10bn plastic bags handed out by supermarkets each year
  • Buy flowers, fruit and vegetables locally to reduce environmental impact through reduced energy use