VIA Rail Canada provides yearly progress update on sustainability plan

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Canada's national rail passenger service VIA Rail has published its 2021-2025 sustainability plan’s yearly progress update showing steadfast advance on its sustainability journey.

In the past year, the corporation undertook several actions contributing to its 2025 objectives which include the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the creation of a zero-waste experience on its new Corridor fleet and the mobilization of its employees.  

Amongst the actions undertaken over the past year: VIA Rail initiated the development of its decarbonization plan; extended an AI pilot project, aimed at reducing fuel consumption; made changes in packaging and products in view of its zero-waste objective; supported more than 450 non-profit organizations and charities across Canada, and reached 40% alignment with sustainability strategy compared to its 80% objective; and published and integrated its policy on Supplier Conduct and Responsible Sourcing in new contracts, reaching 15% integration of the policy by suppliers.

“Sustainability is a cornerstone of our mandate, values, and commitment to deliver a more modern and responsible transportation network,” said Brigitte Dagnault, chief communications and marketing officer at VIA Rail. “Our plan reinforces the key role sustainability plays in our decision-making process, leading us to make meaningful changes across the organization. We are on our way to meeting our 2025 sustainability objectives.”

The full progress update is available on VIA Rail’s website.

Furthermore, VIA Rail announced last year that it chose the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), one of the most recognized sustainability reporting standards, as its core framework. As part of this yearly update, VIA Rail invites customers to consult the second edition of its GRI Index here.

VIA Rail unveiled in April 2022 its five-year sustainability plan. Based on social, environmental and governance pillars, it will allow the corporation to reduce its environmental footprint, enhance its role as a responsible transportation provider and create lasting value for present and future generations.