Sustainability.

Energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, noise protection, stock consumption or waste – SBB is proud to be one of the most environmentally friendly railways in Europe, and puts this on display with transparency.

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Energy consumption within Switzerland
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Data on SBB AG and SBB Cargo Ltd (Switzerland).
Electricity and fuel consumption in Switzerland
GWh 2,547 2,527 2,501 2,383 2,463 3.4
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Traction current
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GWh 1,780 1,760 1,734 1,578 1,635 3.6
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Own consumption for traction current supply
GWh 126 126 140 190 192 0.7
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Diesel for rail traction
GWh 112 117 110 102 107 4.2
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Fuel for road vehicles, machines and equipment
GWh 40 33 31 29 28 -3.8
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Electricity for buildings and facilities
GWh 270 279 280 285 297 4.2
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Thermal energy for buildings and facilities
GWh 219 212 207 198 205 3.2
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Heating oil
GWh 82.0 62.4 53.1 50.7 46.0 -9.1
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Natural gas
GWh 86.9 79.7 78.8 59.9 61.8 3.1
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Propane
GWh 9.4 6.5 6.3 4.4 11.1 151.3
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Biogas
GWh 0.2 1.4 2.0 5.0 6.2 25.0
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Wood
GWh 14.2 12.8 13.8 17.1 18.9 10.9
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District heating
GWh 26.3 49.6 53.1 61.5 60.9 -0.9
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Specific energy consumption of railway passenger transport
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kWh/100 Pkm 8.54 8.44 7.90 12.13 11.86 -2.2
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Specific energy consumption of railway passenger transport


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Specific energy consumption of railway freight traffic
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kWh/100 net tonne-km 4.35 4.34 4.35 4.05 4.09 1.0
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Specific energy consumption of railway freight traffic


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Greenhouse gas emissions within Switzerland
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Greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption
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t 85,629 75,554 68,666 69,818 1.7
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Greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption


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Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2, excluding Scope 3).

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Traction current
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t 1,591 1,508 1,309 1,340 2.4
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Own consumption for traction current supply
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The generation of electricity for the railway does not result in any direct or indirect greenhouse gas emissions.

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Diesel for rail traction
t 32,355 30,322 28,308 29,487 4.2
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Fuel for road vehicles, machines and equipment
t 9,622 8,329 7,999 7,242 -9.5
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Electricity for buildings and facilities
t 4,413 255 259 270 4.2
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Thermal energy for buildings and facilities
t 37,648 35,140 30,791 31,479 2.2
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Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway passenger transport
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g/100 Pkm 14.65 15.45 14.47 22.21 21.72 -2.2
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Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway passenger transport


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SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking; including standard gauge subsidiaries of SBB Regional Services. The calculation of these specific emissions follows the EN 16258 standard ("Well-to-Wheel", without shunting and without construction, maintenance and dismantling of energy producing plants). Calculated on the basis of 90% hydro power and 10% nuclear power.

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Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway freight traffic
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g/100 net tonne-km 171.7 188.2 188.0 189.6 186.5 -1.6
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Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway freight traffic


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SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking, including SBB Cargo International Ltd. The calculation of these specific emissions follows the EN 16258 standard ("Well-to-Wheel", without shunting and without construction, maintenance and dismantling of energy producing plants). Calculated on the basis of 90% hydro power and 10% nuclear power.

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Noise protection
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Low-noise rolling stock SBB Passenger Division
% 97.6 97.7 97.8 98.0 98.3 0.3
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Low-noise freight wagons SBB Cargo Ltd (Switzerland)
% 93.6 93.7 97.3 98.0 98.8 0.7
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Noise barriers and walls
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km 391 403 404 408 413 1.2
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Construction length.

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of which SBB infrastructure
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km 390 402 403 407 412 1.2
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of which SBB infrastructure


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Construction length.

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Stock consumption
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Track construction materials
t 658,744 732,741 674,051 617,496 643,583 4.2
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Gravel
t 22,100 62,900 41,574 49,612 63,996 29.0
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Ballast
t 530,000 536,500 510,261 460,729 466,495 1.3
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Line sleepers
t 47,403 64,260 54,573 50,335 55,072 9.4
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produced from concrete
t 39,771 58,164 47,836 45,773 50,478 10.3
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produced from wood
t 5,009 3,759 4,302 2,557 2,913 13.9
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produced from steel
t 2,623 2,337 2,434 2,006 1,680 -16.2
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Points sleepers
t 14,430 14,988 13,670 12,154 16,188 33.2
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produced from concrete
t 11,448 11,874 11,492 10,356 14,287 38.0
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produced from wood
t 2,982 3,114 2,178 1,798 1,901 5.7
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Rails
t 44,811 54,093 53,973 44,665 41,832 -6.3
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Lubricants
t 640 598 628 653 679 4.0
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Chemicals
t 165 168 177 147 149 0.8
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Acids, alkaline solutions, chemicals
t 79 74 74 60 67 11.7
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Paints, lacquers, thinners
t 83 92 101 86 80 -7.3
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Herbicides
t 2.8 2.2 1.9 1.3 1.8 34.6
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Road salt
t 367 8 13 6 2 -62.7
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Copy paper
t 321 281 192 166 136 -18.0
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Waste
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Industrial waste
t 364,466 320,419 339,402 254,124 243,275 -4.3
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Track excavation waste (ballast, sand and gravel)
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t 268,260 231,518 242,669 165,459 149,496 -9.6
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Quantity of track excavation waste that cannot be cleaned on site and immediately reused as ballast. It is handed over to Swiss waste management companies, which process and reuse around 80 % of it, for example as chips for concrete; the remaining 20 % has to be landfilled. To these quantities must be added the portion of the track excavation waste that is so heavily polluted that it must be disposed of in hazardous waste landfills (see section on hazardous waste).

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Metals
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t 73,492 73,730 77,140 72,947 71,798 -1.6
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Waste disposal: recycling.

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Concrete sleepers
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t 15,641 6,195 11,898 9,798 16,453 67.9
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Waste disposal: recycling.

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Building materials, excavation
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t 3,755 5,074 3,865 2,401 2,149 -10.5
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Waste disposal: recycling, thermal recovery or landfill.

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Wood
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t 1,611 1,598 1,667 1,667 1,519 -8.8
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Waste disposal: thermal recovery.

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Paper, cardboard
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t 769 776 805 835 825 -1.2
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Waste disposal: recycling.

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Plastic, rubber
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t 372 454 513 393 222 -43.5
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Waste disposal: recycling or thermal recovery.

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Electronic waste
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t 133 241 326 235 322 37.1
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Waste disposal: recycling.

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Organic waste, compost
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t 78 94 55 32 35 8.2
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Waste disposal: composting, fermentation.

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Glass
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t 127 94 166 184 196 6.4
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Waste disposal: recycling.

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Other industrial waste
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t 228 645 299 174 261 50.0
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Waste disposal: recycling, thermal recovery or landfill.

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Hazardous wastes
t 51,648 44,634 45,939 30,625 49,746 62.4
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Heavily contaminated spoil
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t 32,989 23,566 19,435 15,819 33,195 109.8
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Waste disposal: landfill.

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Contaminated old wood (wooden sleepers)
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t 15,205 17,435 22,419 11,237 12,565 11.8
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Waste disposal: thermal recovery.

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Cleaning residue
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t 756 985 1,097 966 793 -17.8
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Chemicals
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t 835 759 807 792 1,203 52.0
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Waste disposal: recycling or thermal recovery.

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Used oil, transformer oil
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t 605 618 768 534 595 11.5
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Waste disposal: thermal recovery.

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Slurry
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t 572 533 560 527 694 31.6
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Waste disposal: thermal recovery.

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Accumulators, batteries
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t 393 417 394 334 255 -23.6
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Waste disposal: recycling.

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Contaminated containers
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t 54 48 50 47 42 -10.2
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Waste disposal: recycling or thermal recovery.

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Other hazardous waste
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t 241 273 408 369 404 9.4
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Public refuse
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t 12,655 11,863 12,866 9,617 10,088 4.9
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Volume of waste sent by SBB for disposal.

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Combustible waste
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t 10,898 10,316 11,429 8,662 9,201 6.2
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Paper, cardboard
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t 1,162 954 849 489 443 -9.3
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Collected and reused by type.

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Glass
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t 58 64 58 46 35 -22.5
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PET
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t 395 395 384 302 274 -9.4
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Aluminium
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t 142 134 146 119 135 13.5
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