Blog: What is the carbon footprint of building railways?

The European Environment Agency (EEA) confirmed on Wednesday that trains have a lower carbon footprint than planes and cars, and are the “most sensible mode of travel” considering climate change. But what about the impacts of railways’ construction?

by Claudia Delpero
A construction site for the Turin-Lyon high-speed railway, scheduled to come into operation by 2030. Photo: Diego Puletto/Getty Images
A construction site for the Turin-Lyon high-speed railway, scheduled to come into operation by 2030. Photo: Diego Puletto/Getty Images

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