ScotRail have hit environmental targets set by the government to reduce energy and carbon in the bid to create a sustainable railway. 

The stringent targets are critical part of the franchise obligations which require ScotRail to take action to tackle climate change and support the transition to a low carbon economy.

Obligations require a 4 per cent reduction in the energy used in stations and depots and a 9.8% reduction has been achieved. 

ScotRail say extending electrification across the network has been central in the success of meeting the targets, with growing numbers of class 385 electric trains being introduced to support a carbon efficient fleet.

Drivers are being trained extensively on eco driving techniques which assists in promoting energy efficient travel.

Stations and depots are being made more sustainable via training for staff and investment in new technology to reduce energy usage.

ScotRail Head of Environment Damian Keaveny said: “The ambitious targets set for us by the Scottish Government require a commitment to energy across the business, and I am delighted that we aren’t just meeting those targets – we are exceeding them.

“Through actions like the introduction of more electric trains, assistance for drivers, and increased investment, we are making considerable environmental and energy performance enhancements.

“But we aren’t complacent, we are continuing to drive performance by investing and trialling new technology. It’s all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”