Supporting Our Customers
Although rail is number one in environmental protection when compared with other modes of transportation, there is still work to do. Working to protect the environment not only benefits society, it also creates competitive advantages for our customers, the rail operators.
Our initiatives include:
- Energy Consumption
Reducing energy consumption has become increasingly important to our customers, due to energy’s environmental impact and effect on cost and availability. Minimizing energy consumption is achieved by lowering weight, decreasing aerodynamic drag, recovering brake energy and reducing losses for all propulsion components. In addition, power meters can be installed in vehicles to control consumption.
- Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
In 1999, Bombardier Transportation became the first in the rail industry to produce an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) − a tool that presents quantified information on a product’s environmental life cycle, based on the ISO 14020 series of standards. We were also the first in the industry to have a Product Declaration validated according to the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
- Environmental Fact Sheets (EFSs)
Environmental Fact Sheets (EFSs) allow us to evaluate the environmental performance of a customer-specific version of a vehicle and/or component. We introduced our first EFS in September 2004 for the Locomotive Class Re 484 (Swiss Cargo), based on the EPD for the Locomotive Class 185.1. While relevant ISO standards provided guidance, the EFS was also validated through EMAS.