take the train to protect the environment

Taking the train is the first step to protect the environment.
A TGV emits 5,7g of CO2 per km/traveller, whereas the car emits 111g, and plane 180g.
THe sustainable development and the SNCF
The SNCF, the french railways company is very concerned about its role into the society and its responsability towards present and future generations, so SNCF tries to develop its ecological assets and to put into practice news ideas to develop the environment.
1) engaged to protect the environment :
– to diminuate loud pollution
– to limit atmospheric rejections
2) engaged in societal matters:
– as travellers reflect the diversity of french people, SNCF wants to enable handicapped people to travel by train, by improving the accessibility of TGV for wheelchairs.
3) a role into the economical development in France:
– to improve the meshing of the territory, by proposing a diversity of destinations which can favor economical exchanges of goods and persons.
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source : http://www.developpementdurable.sncf.com

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4 comments on “take the train to protect the environment
  1. Martinlemalin says:

    that’s amazing that the TGV produces such low emissions! We need one in Canada. We have long distances and slow trains, while in France you have shorter distances and fast trains. can we exchange?
    martin

  2. Martinlemalin says:

    that’s amazing that the TGV produces such low emissions! We need one in Canada. We have long distances and slow trains, while in France you have shorter distances and fast trains. can we exchange?
    martin

  3. JM says:

    I can’t agree with you more Martin… we need this train in Canada…our problem is the protection of the train corridor. Our corridors are wide-open and vulnerable to interactions with traffic…can you imagine a 300 km traveling train colliding with a car….what a mess!
    However, I can’t agree more with you. I used to think that our job as a industrially developed country, stopoed at helping other countries (such as the PM’s announcement today in relations to the partnership with Columbia – http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=3&id=1755 -)in developing themselves, and I think we need to continue this, but we have alot of work to do in our own backyard…such as public transportation. As I posted in an other blog area, the past month in France has heighten my awareness to the benefits of walking, public transportation and so on.
    JM

  4. jeremy says:

    The model for public transport in my opinion (albeit on a very small scale) is Singapore. The bus, light rail, and taxi services are cheap, efficient and plentiful in supply. I do not own a motor vehicle in Singapore (i) because they are very expensive because of taxes, and (ii) I don’t need one because of the excellent public transport. On the minus side, Singapore is not very bicycle friendly.

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