Environmental Indicators

UIC Leaflet nr 330

Rail offers sustainable transport solutions and UIC Leaflet nr 330 “Railway specific environmental performance indicators” enables the sector – as well as single railway companies – to demonstrate its environmental advantages towards other transport modes.

Society’s expectations on companies’ environmental and sustainability performance and behaviour are increasing. The market, the decision makers – and the consumers - demand more sustainable products and services as well as proper documentation for performance and continuous improvement.

The UIC Leaflet Nr 330 “Railway specific environmental performance indicators” has defined six key performance indicators for the rail sector on issues such as energy and climate, air pollution and noise. These indicators enable railways to monitor their environmental performance and to compare themselves to other modes of transport.

In addition the leaflet provides several supporting indicators and a stepwise approach-guide to the data collection.

The UIC environmental indicators leaflet is the result of coordinated effort during several years performed by experienced environmental rail experts and summarise important progress done within the environmental performance of railways.

Voluntary Guideline for Company Reporting

In 2011 the UIC developed a voluntary guideline for UIC members who had signed the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility & Transport and who wished voluntarily to report to their stakeholders on the company’s progress in implementing the sustainability approach and commitments set out in the statements of the Declaration.
Following the first version, a Handbook launched in 2016 updates the Guidelines according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standard based on experiences of the UIC members.
The Handbook enables UIC members in defining their key focus areas and priority issues according to strategies, action plans, main material issues and most relevant stakeholders.
The UIC Reporting Guideline supports the 18 statements included at the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility and Transport supported by signatures of more than 50 UIC member companies.
The Handbook is available below:

UIC Reporting Guidelines - GRI G4 indicators handbook

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