Sustainability

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Δ%
 
Energy and climate
Data on SBB Ltd and SBB Cargo Ltd.
Energy consumption
GWh 2,466 2,500 2,583 2,552 2,544 -0.3

Energy consumption

Traction current
GWh 1,722 1,731 1,815 1,780 1,760 -1.1

Traction current

SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking; consumption in Switzerland only; including SBB Cargo International Ltd.
Own consumption for traction current supply
GWh 145 153 131 126 126 0.2

Own consumption for traction current supply

Diesel for rail traction
GWh 103 103 106 112 116 3.6

Diesel for rail traction

SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking; consumption in Switzerland only; including SBB Cargo International Ltd.
Fuel for road vehicles, machines and equipment
GWh 44 45 46 47 48 0.8

Fuel for road vehicles, machines and equipment

Electricity for buildings and facilities
GWh 240 243 258 270 281 4.1

Electricity for buildings and facilities

Thermal energy for buildings and facilities
GWh 212 224 227 217 213 -1.6

Thermal energy for buildings and facilities

Heating oil
GWh 81.3 81.5 82.2 82.0 77.4 -5.5

Heating oil

Natural gas
GWh 88.1 91.2 94.9 86.4 80.3 -7.0

Natural gas

Propane
GWh 4.7 10.1 7.1 9.4 6.5 -30.8

Propane

Biogas
GWh 0.2 0.1 0.2 1.4 801.3

Biogas

Wood
GWh 8.7 9.9 6.3 12.4 14.9 21.0

Wood

District heating
GWh 29.3 31.1 36.6 26.3 32.5 23.9

District heating

Specific energy consumption of railway passenger transport
kWh/100 Pkm 8.41 8.58 8.54 8.44 -1.2

Specific energy consumption of railway passenger transport

Converted to petrol equivalent, this equates to 0.943 l of petrol per 100 passenger kilometres. This takes into account the consumption and activities of SBB as a railway undertaking in Switzerland, including standard gauge subsidiaries of SBB Regional Services.
Specific energy consumption of railway freight traffic
kWh/100 net tonne-km 4.45 4.45 4.35 4.34 -0.1

Specific energy consumption of railway freight traffic

Converted to diesel equivalent, this equates to 0.436 l of diesel per 100 net ton-kilometres. This takes into account the consumption and activities of SBB as a railway undertaking in Switzerland, including SBB Cargo International Ltd.
Greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption
t 137,545 132,575 136,189 133,582 132,195 -1.0

Greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption

Including upstream chain: greenhouse gas emissions by upstream industrial processes such as manufacture, storage or transport of raw materials, semi-manufactures or products (grey energy).
Traction current
t 10,410 10,145 12,533 12,028 11,893 -1.1

Traction current

SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking; consumption in Switzerland only; including SBB Cargo International Ltd.
Own consumption for traction current supply
t 2,139 2,258 1,935 1,856 1,859 0.2

Own consumption for traction current supply

Diesel for rail traction
t 41,636 41,842 42,840 45,260 46,872 3.6

Diesel for rail traction

SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking; consumption in Switzerland only; including SBB Cargo International Ltd.
Fuel for road vehicles, machines and equipment
t 13,349 13,599 13,655 14,214 14,333 0.8

Fuel for road vehicles, machines and equipment

Electricity for buildings and facilities
t 13,070 4,866 3,875 2,696 2,245 -16.7

Electricity for buildings and facilities

Thermal energy for buildings and facilities
t 56,940 59,865 61,351 57,527 54,993 -4.4

Thermal energy for buildings and facilities

Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway passenger transport
g/100 Pkm 8.23 13.06 13.31 14.05 5.5

Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway passenger transport

This takes into account the consumption and activities of SBB as a railway undertaking in Switzerland, including standard gauge subsidiaries of SBB Regional Services.
Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway freight traffic
g/100 net tonne-km 146.6 152.5 171.1 187.5 9.6

Specific greenhouse gas emissions of railway freight traffic

SBB’s point of view as a railway undertaking; consumption in Switzerland only; including SBB Cargo International Ltd.
 
Noise protection
 
Low-noise rolling stock SBB Passenger Traffic
% 96.9 97.2 97.6 97.6 97.7 0.1

Low-noise rolling stock SBB Passenger Traffic

Low-noise freight wagons SBB Cargo
% 91.6 92.6 92.9 93.6 93.7 0.1

Low-noise freight wagons SBB Cargo

Total length of noise barriers
km 332 348 355 362 372 2.8

Total length of noise barriers

 
Stock consumption
 
Track construction materials
t 590,722 588,829 592,434 654,255 721,404 10.3

Track construction materials

Gravel
t 71,000 67,451 29,462 22,100 62,900 184.6

Gravel

Ballast
t 434,000 426,759 468,873 530,000 536,500 1.2

Ballast

Line sleepers
t 31,605 37,325 38,614 40,911 55,127 34.7

Line sleepers

produced from concrete
t 24,847 32,571 28,819 33,728 49,327 46.2

produced from concrete

Sharp increase in the demand for concrete sleepers due to the SBB Infrastructure investment strategy of favouring concrete over wooden sleepers.
produced from wood
t 4,550 3,286 5,021 4,269 3,204 -25.0

produced from wood

produced from steel
t 2,208 1,468 4,774 2,914 2,596 -10.9

produced from steel

Points sleepers
t 14,157 17,662 13,385 14,903 15,287 2.6

Points sleepers

produced from concrete
t 12,130 15,488 9,926 12,009 12,456 3.7

produced from concrete

produced from wood
t 2,027 2,174 3,459 2,894 2,831 -2.2

produced from wood

Rails
t 39,960 39,632 42,100 46,340 51,590 11.3

Rails

Lubricants
t 704 740 670 640 598 -6.6

Lubricants

Chemicals
t 180 176 158 165 168 2.0

Chemicals

Acids, alkaline solutions, chemicals
t 73 71 70 79 74 -6.3

Acids, alkaline solutions, chemicals

Paints, lacquers, thinners
t 105 103 85 83 92 10.8

Paints, lacquers, thinners

Herbicides
t 2.2 2.8 3.0 2.8 2.2 -22.6

Herbicides

Road salt
t 112 530 284 367 8 -97.8

Road salt

97.8% decrease due to outsourcing of winter business at the stations to external suppliers.
Copy paper
t 418 395 359 321 281 -12.4

Copy paper

 
Waste
 
Industrial waste
t 392,354 357,477 364,466 320,419 -12.1

Industrial waste

Track excavation waste (ballast, sand and gravel)
t 334,150 303,188 253,820 268,260 231,518 -13.7

Track excavation waste (ballast, sand and gravel)

Waste disposal: recycling and reuse where possible; remaining quantities are deposited.
of which recycled and reused
% 79.5 85.2 81.4 83.1 80.0 -3.1

of which recycled and reused

Metals
t 67,942 80,420 73,492 73,730 0.3

Metals

Waste disposal: recycling.
Concrete sleepers
t 14,415 17,526 15,641 6,195 -60.4

Concrete sleepers

Waste disposal: recycling.
Building materials, excavation
t 4,288 2,620 3,755 5,074 35.1

Building materials, excavation

Waste disposal: recycling, thermal recovery or landfill.
Wood
t 1,130 1,259 1,611 1,598 -0.8

Wood

Waste disposal: thermal recovery.
Paper, cardboard
t 453 524 769 776 0.9

Paper, cardboard

Waste disposal: recycling.
Plastic, rubber
t 292 454 372 454 22.2

Plastic, rubber

Waste disposal: recycling or thermal recovery.
Electronic waste
t 201 279 133 241 81.3

Electronic waste

Waste disposal: recycling.
Organic waste, compost
t 99 98 78 94 21.6

Organic waste, compost

Waste disposal: composting, fermentation.
Glass
t 129 146 127 94 -25.8

Glass

Waste disposal: recycling.
Other industrial waste
t 216 331 228 645 182.3

Other industrial waste

Waste disposal: recycling, thermal recovery or landfill.
Hazardous wastes
t 56,327 61,800 51,648 44,634 -13.6

Hazardous wastes

Heavily contaminated spoil
t 40,855 40,081 32,989 23,566 -28.6

Heavily contaminated spoil

Waste disposal: landfill.
Contaminated old wood (wooden sleepers)
t 12,410 18,592 15,205 17,435 14.7

Contaminated old wood (wooden sleepers)

Waste disposal: thermal recovery.
Cleaning residue
t 640 860 756 985 30.4

Cleaning residue

Waste disposal: recycling, thermal recovery or landfill.
Chemicals
t 847 579 835 759 -9.1

Chemicals

Waste disposal: recycling or thermal recovery.
Used oil , transformer oil
t 714 760 605 618 2.2

Used oil , transformer oil

Waste disposal: thermal recovery.
Slurry
t 435 447 572 533 -6.8

Slurry

Waste disposal: thermal recovery.
Accumulators, batteries
t 260 327 393 417 6.3

Accumulators, batteries

Waste disposal: recycling.
Contaminated containers
t 54 53 54 48 -11.1

Contaminated containers

Waste disposal: recycling or thermal recovery.
Other hazardous waste
t 113 100 241 273 13.1

Other hazardous waste

Waste disposal: recycling, thermal recovery or landfill.
Public refuse
t [37,760] 37,184 36,566 35,758 35,176 -1.6

Public refuse

Combustible waste
t [31,440] 31,126 30,192 29,145 28,844 -1.0

Combustible waste

Waste disposal: thermal recovery.
Paper, cardboard
t [6,120] 5,673 5,908 6,017 5,739 -4.6

Paper, cardboard

Collected and reused by type.
Glass
t [21] 39 44 58 64 9.3

Glass

Collected and reused by type.
PET
t [158] 294 329 395 395 -0.0

PET

Collected and reused by type.
Aluminium
t [21] 52 93 142 134 -5.6

Aluminium

Collected and reused by type.