Our operations inevitably have an environmental impact, but we have the systems and processes in place to ensure our impacts are managed and can continually be improved.

We have a responsibility for reducing our impacts on the environment alongside providing a reliable, sustainable and resilient train service.

Our activities are accredited to ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 and we have challenging targets in place to reduce energy, minimise waste and environmental incidents, to enhance biodiversity, drive innovation and report on climate change activities.

Having effective environmental and energy management systems supports our overall sustainability strategy and contributes to nationwide rail industry initiatives.

ScotRail is committed to contributing to a greener Scotland by reducing emissions and air quality from our services and making our operations as sustainable as possible. These reductions help deliver the Scottish Government’s vision of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and support the National Transport Strategy 2 and Decarbonisation Action Plan.

We work closely with our partners in Network Rail and Transport Scotland. Governance is managed through our joint Sustainability Programme Board that has a number of strategic priority areas including Air Quality, Circular Economy, Biodiversity, Social Value, Traction Energy, Non-Traction Energy, Noise and Climate Change Adaptation. We also work closely with the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) to participate in research and development activity.

In this part of our website you’ll be able to learn more about our actions and activities we undertake in order to manage and improve our environmental impacts.

We’re always happy to chat about our environmental work. Please do get in touch with the team using [email protected] if you would like to get involved or understand more about what we do and why.

Read our Sustainability Policy