Traveling comes with a substantial carbon footprint. We produce emissions from the time of booking to arriving at our destination. Can carbon reporting help drive more demand rail travel?
Rail, a greener travel option
Rail is the most environment-friendly way to travel. According to Statista, the carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from rail travel is only 1%, road travel being the biggest contributor to CO₂ emissions. In that sense, taking the train could cut CO₂ emission by up to 90%. How can railways take advantage of this?
Carbon reporting: a must for railways
Carbon reporting should be like financial annual reporting: a must for every single travel company. Some railways are already disclosing their carbon emissions, and there are some excellent examples such as SNCF tool to calculate CO₂ emissions or Eurostar comparison of air vs rail (see graph below).
Travel agencies also tend to include the carbon impact of a trip in the booking confirmation.
- Operational efficiency
- Employee and community engagement
- As well as branding
Carbon reporting is the next step for the rail industry. If we want to position rail as a sustainable travel option, railways should disclose carbon emissions when booking.
At Amadeus, we are working to achieve a world, where every rail journey booked will include both the journey price and the carbon costs attached to it. If you would like to learn more about carbon reporting, download now our report Proving the Case: Carbon Reporting in Travel and Tourism: