Sustainable Connectivity

Trains connect and save time, but above all help in emitting less carbon dioxide. Sustainability is at the centre of our reason for being, saving around 80% of carbon dioxide per person per journey.

High-Speed and Total Sustainability

Travelling by High-Speed train in Spain combines the following optimal qualities:

Speed

Cost

Sustainability

In a country with a radial configuration the size of ours, where the distances from Madrid are less than 700 km in the majority of cases, the train is the transport means that best meets these three premises.

Punctuality and comfort, together with easy access to train centres in city centres, mean that High-Speed journeys are more and more appreciated by Spanish travellers who at the same time help care for the environment.

The impact of climate change is beginning to have an important influence on our way of life, and we expect it to continue doing so in the coming years.  

Leaders of Sustainability in Europe

Along the same lines, our commitment to sustainable connectivity and to clients who prefer to use “green” transport, has become the centre of our being.  We are going to lead the sustainability market, thereby contributing to global sustainability objectives and to the UN’s Agenda 2030. Sustainable connectivity is possible, and we are working every day to achieve it. Our commitment goes further than the train itself as a vertebral axis of mobility.

We aim to lead the connectivity of different sustainable transport modes in a way that the entire journey of the client from start to finish meets the most rigorous environmental standards. Punctuality and comfort, together with easy access to train stations in city centres, mean that High-Speed journeys are more and more appreciated by Spanish travellers at the same time as helping to take care of the environment.

A more sustainable Spain and Europe

Recently, the European Council agreed to a new objective in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from now to 2030 of at least 55% as against the 40% forecast until now.

The EU has decided to be more ambitious in the next decade and to update its action framework on climate issues and energy on its path towards climate neutrality by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Agreement.  

To stay up to date with these strategies we are carrying out, click here to see the Environmental strategy of the EU and the Green Pact.

Source: European Union – 2020

ILSA in numbers

100% sustainable

The choice of the greenest transport in the market

0% contaminating energies

Energy used in operations will be from renewable sources.

0% waste

The most efficient waste management programme

23

New latest-generation Hitachi-Bombardier trains

95%

Our trains are manufactured from 95% recycled materials.

The quickest, quietest, and most sustainable fleet in Europe

100% digital

Paper free

100% without plastic

Recyclable packaging

*Fuente: Sigma Dos. January 2020

90%

of Spaniards see climate change as a serious problem.

Calendar of Events ILSA

JANUARY

1
New Year

26
World Environment Education Day

FEBRUARY

21
International Tour Guide Day

MARCH

3
World Nature Day

5
World Energy Efficiency Day

8
International Women’s’ Day

22
World Water Day

28
Earth Hour

APRIL

1
International Fun at Work Day

5
International Mother Earth Day

28
World Day of Health and Safety at Work

29
International Day of Noise Awareness

MAY

1
International Workers’ Day


Europe Day

17
World Recycling Day

JUNE

5
World Environment Day

21
Take your Dog to Work Day

JULY

3
Plastic Bag Free Day

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

16
Ozone Layer Day

22
World Car Free Day

27
World Tourism Day

16-22
European Mobility Week

OCTOBER

5
World Habitat Day

18
World Protection of Nature Day

21
World Energy Conservation Day

24
International Day Against Climate Change

28
Spanish Day of Train

31
World Cities Day

NOVEMBER

8
World Urbanism Day

DECEMBER

25
Christmas

European Environmental Agency

European Environmental Agency

Grammes of CO2 per passenger and kilometre.

0
14
68
72
104
158
285

A wide range of transport options exist, but it is not always to choose the one with the lowest emissions. One way of measuring their environmental impact is to analyse CO2 emissions per passenger and kilometre travelled.

Vehicle and number of passengers

 CO2 emissions are calculated using an estimate of the amount of CO2 per passenger and kilometre. Different means of transport are analysed in the estimates, using the average number of passengers per transport means used. As the number of passengers in a vehicle increases, the total CO2 emissions of said vehicle increases, but the emissions per passenger decreases. It is estimated that the level of emissions of inland ships are 245 g CO2/km but comparative data with other means are not yet available:
European Environmental Agency. The estimates are based on the TRACCS database, 2013 and on the TERM 027 indicator.

Impact on the environment on the Madrid-Barcelona route

0

65,6

115,2

Carbon Dioxide
Greenhouse, global warming gas

Source: Eco-passenger (www.ecopassenger.org) including the ILSA Frecciarossa trains.

Frecciarossa 1000 is the first High-Speed train in the world to obtain the EPD environmental impact certification (EPD) because it manages to hold CO2 emissions to 28 grammes per passenger/kilometre. Our trains are electric, and the energy is 100% renewable under contract with Adif, which makes our service 100% sustainable.  

Electrical Mix of Railway

Carbon dioxide (kg)

ILSA Trains

0,028

Car

65,6

Suburban Trains

0,33

Airplane

114,9

TOTAL

115,2

Energy resources consumed
(equivalent litres of petrol)

ILSA Trains

0

Car

29,2

Suburban Trains

0,48

Airplane

48,2

TOTAL

48,7

Particulate matter (g)

ILSA Trains

0

Cars

6,4

Suburban Trains

0,21

Airplane

10,6

TOTAL

10,8

Nitrogen oxides (g)

ILSA Trains

0

Car

281,5

Suburban Trains

1,5

Airplane

554,8

TOTAL

556,3

Hydrocarbons other than methane (g)

ILSA Trains

0

Car

21,8

Suburban Trains

0,07

Airplane

48,6

TOTAL

48,7

*This calculation does not include the total impact on global warming of flying.  The RFI factor takes into account the additional climatic effect of emissions of other greenhouse gases, especially high-altitude emissions (nitrogen oxide, ozone, water vapour or sulphurs).

*Source Eco-passenger (www.ecopassenger.org) taking into account ILSA Frecciarossa de trains.

Electrical Mix of Railway

* Including transport to and from the airport.

Component

ILSA
Trains

Car

Suburban Trains

Airplane

TOTAL

Carbon dioxide (kg)

0

65,6

0,33

114,9

115,2

Energy resources consumed
(equivalent litres of petrol)

0

29,2

0,48

48,2

48,7

Particulate matter (g)

0

6,4

0,21

10,6

10,8

Nitrogen oxides (g)

0

281,5

1,5

554,8

556,3

Hydrocarbons other than methane (g)

0

21,8

0,07

48,6

48,7

*This calculation does not include the total impact on global warming of flying.  The RFI factor takes into account the additional climatic effect of emissions of other greenhouse gases, especially high-altitude emissions (nitrogen oxide, ozone, water vapour or sulphurs).

*Source Eco-passenger (www.ecopassenger.org) taking into account ILSA Frecciarossa de trains.

The 10 Commitments of ILSA

1

We contribute to New Environmental Policies

We are aware of the role the transport sector plays in responsible growth and we try to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in the country.

2

CO2 emissions must be reduced.

Atmospheric pollution is a complex phenomenon caused by multiple factors and which effects above all large urban areas, with a high impact on human health.

3

Noise Pollution must be reduced.

Our trains are the most silent ones of the European rail fleet, helping to reduce noise both inside and outside the train.

4

Our entire fleet is electric.

Our trains are totally new with maximum consumption optimization and the most efficient ones in the current European fleet.

5

All our fleet is100% sustainable

Our trains are manufactured with 98% recycled materials.

6

Green Certification

We are certified in sustainable practices by AENOR.
(i.e., ISO 14001 and/or ISO 50001)

7

We only use renewable energy

We will insist by contract that all the energy we use in our services and our offices come from renewable sources.

8

Reduction in emissions in our operations

All our fleet of auxiliary vehicles (maintenance, Management) will be electric.

9

Project “0 Waste”

The collection, processing and recycling of waste has been part of our commitment from the beginning.  Our programme is the most advanced with regards to efficiency, being classifiable as 100% sustainable.

10

Digital DNA

Both in our operations area as in our client services area, our objective is zero paper.