Passenger rail is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation which helps reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to climate change.
Switching to trains as a means of travel is better for the environment.
more efficient than road transport in the Corridor
more efficient than air transport in the Corridor
Upgrade GHG reduction targets to support 2050 net-zero emissions ambition.
Improve fuel and energy efficiency in all operations.
Complete review of climate change risks and implement action plan.
In 2022, a pilot program was completed in our simulators in collaboration with Transport Canada and Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream, to test EcoRail, an artificial intelligence-enabled software that provides driving recommendations to locomotive engineers to reduce fuel consumption and resulting GHG emissions, without affecting travel time. The preliminary results showed significant benefits, with fuel-saving potential of up to 15%.
Building on that success, VIA Rail announced the extension of the pilot project, which started in 2023, to test the application in real train operations.
Part of our commitment to delivering a more modern and sustainable transportation network to Canadians also involves reducing our environmental footprint every step of the journey.
Our focus is on minimizing the generation of waste, re-using and recycling.
Reduce waste generated in our operations.
Increase reuse, recycling and organic waste collection.
VIA Rail has committed to the ambitious goal of offering a zero-waste experience on board its new Corridor fleet by 2025. While we don’t yet have all the answers, we are using this objective to drive our entire teams to reduce our environmental footprint to the maximum. And our passengers and our planet will benefit.
In 2022, we progressed towards this objective. We initiated changes to products and packaging served on board to reduce waste at the source. For example, we removed extra packaging for sandwiches which alone is planned to reduce waste by more than six tonnes annually. We also completed initial testing of waste collection with onboard employees using a dedicated collection trolley to increase recycling.