For Italians, the most sustainable means of transport is the train: this is supported by 8 out of 10 Italians interviewed by SWG as part of research commissioned by Trenitalia. In fact, the data seems to show that the Italians are not wrong: the 45 million passengers who have chosen to travel with the Frecce have saved around 1 billion euro costs to the community in terms of lower health care costs, damage to the environment, agriculture, real estate and biodiversity.
To give a concrete example, a passenger travelling by train every week between Milan and Rome, instead of by plane, reduces CO2 emissions by 9 tonnes per year; if he chose the train instead of the car, he would save 4 tonnes of CO2.
But that is not all. Even on the business side, the train proves to be a sustainable and profitable solution: according to a Bloomberg analysis by McKinsey, rail travel helps to ensure that companies best performance of its ESG rating, resulting in a savings of up to 1 percentage point on the cost of capital. The 47,000 companies that chose to travel with Trenitalia in 2023 have avoided the emission of 100,000 tonnes of CO2 compared to the car.
“Travelling by train means making a conscious choice, with a view to the future,” explained Stefano Cuzzilla, President of Trenitalia. “Over the past year, more than 650 million passengers have chosen intermodality and travelled with the FS Group’s Passenger Hub. Of these, around 470 million chose Trenitalia to travel. The numbers are positive and underline the growing attention towards a green, integrated and intermodal mobility”.
Source: TTS Italy