Towards a greener supply chain

In a trading environment where sustainability is increasingly important, rail freight can help businesses decarbonise without compromising on the efficiency of their supply chains.

Rail freight is a faster, greener, safer and more economical way of transporting goods compared to long distance road journeys. Every tonne of freight carried by rail produces at least 70% less carbon dioxide than if it was moved by road and as a sector rail freight contributes less than 1% of total UK CO2 emissions, compared to 21% by road transport.

Rail freight contributed £2.45bn to the UK economy in 2018/19, according to a repot for the Rail Delivery Group, reducing congestion from the country’s roads, as well as emissions and noise pollution. Rail freight’s role has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, and could help the country recover by reaching net-zero and assist in levelling up the UK economy.

Every tonne of freight carried by rail produces at least 70% less carbon dioxide than if it was moved by road.
15 times less NOx emissions are produced by rail, compared to that produced by road.
An average gallon of fuel will move 1 tonne of goods 246 miles by rail and only 88 miles by road.
Each freight train removes up to 76 lorries from the roads.
Since opening, iPort Rail has helped its customers cut 37millon tonnes of C02.

Customer success stories

“We’re conscious of our role in providing solutions that will help our clients optimise their supply chains and reduce their emissions where possible. This strategic partnership with iPort Rail and the new routes we’re building together are representative of our continued drive to engineer supply chain solutions that will make a difference. We’re encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment our customers across the globe show in supporting our carbon conscious efforts and will continue to push to develop initiatives further.”

Luke Fermor
Global Fulfilment Manager
Woodland Group

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