Environmental management

   


VR’s values in environmental management

Responsibility and safety are the VR values that in particular create a solid framework for environmental management. The environment is a central theme in VR Group’s current strategy.

   


Environmental strategy and vision

VR Group is the safest and most environmentally friendly partner for customers and society. VR Group is a pioneer and is active in developing its operations. VR Group will play its part in preventing climate change and will focus on using renewable energy. Reducing and preventing harm to the environment are an integral element in environmental activities.

   


Environmental policies and their implementation

The environmental programmes of VR Group companies and divisions are based on a common environmental policy and apply the principles of sustainable development. Implementation of the Group’s environmental policy and environmental promises is an element in VR Group’s management system.

 

   

Environmental goals

  • Environmental efficiency in train traffic will improve by 20 per cent
  • Renewable energy will account for more than 60 per cent of the VR Group's energy consumption
  • No major leaks will contaminate the soil during the transport hazardous substances or when using chemicals
  • At least 85 per cent of our customers will be satisfied with the level of cleanliness on trains and at stations
  • Waste ending up in landfills will account for less than 15 per cent of all waste (excl. scrapping)
  • The number of people who consider VR environmentally friendly will increase by two percentage points

   


Successes and setbacks in environmental affairs

+ Customers value VR’s ecofriendliness and environmental communications

+ Achieved target of halving carbon dioxide emissions

+ Renewable energy accounts for high proportion of energy used in rail services

+ Safety in transportation of hazardous substances is at high level

+ Health and environmental risks in land areas are under control

 

– Energy consumption per passenger in rail services has not declined according to plan

– Volume of combined transport has declined 


   


Environmental opportunities and risks

+ Rail transport mitigates climate change

+ Improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy both reduce emissions

+ Good environmental performance increases customers and cuts costs

 

– Restrictions/requirements in rail services due to disturbance from noise and vibration

– Accidents may cause contamination of soil and groundwater and other environmental damage

– Extreme weather conditions more frequent, causing disruption of services

 

   


Changes in systems or structures during the review period that improve environmental activities and results

  • New environmental promises for period 2013–2020
  • Environmental programmes for business units
  • ISO 14001 environmental certification for main businesses
  • Continued to introduce green corporate image
  • Introduction of the CSM information system in the collection, analysis and reporting of environmental indicators