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Rail emissions

Rail emissions statistics were previously published alongside rail infrastructure and assets data within the rail infrastructure, assets and environmental release. For 2018-19, this has been split into two separate  National statistics logopublications; rail infrastructure and assets, and rail emissions.

The statistical release and data tables for 2018-19 was revised on 22 November 2019.  Freight data for diesel usage has been revised for the years 2011-12 to 2017-18. The percentage comparisons to 2017-18 have been updated for diesel usage and emissions.

Annual statistics covering electricity and diesel consumption of mainline passenger and freight operators in Great Britain and estimates of their associated CO2e emissions.

Details on how these statistics are compiled can be found in the latest statistical release. For information on any revisions, please see our Revisions Log.

Rail emissions data were previously combined into the Rail infrastructure, assets and environmental release, which can be found here.

Data and reports that include historic statistical releases on Rail infrastructure, assets & environmental can be found on the National Archives.

If you have any questions or feedback on these statistics, please contact rail.stats@orr.gov.uk

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Latest statistical release

Rail emissions 2018-19
Rail emissions 2018-19

Date published: 07 Nov 2019
Date next published: TBC

Key results

  • The level of CO2e emissions per passenger km in 2018-19 was 10.3% lower than the equivalent figure for 2017-18. This is a continuation of a general trend of falling emissions per passenger km since the start of the time series in 2005-06.
  • The level of CO2e emissions per freight tonne km in 2018-19 was 4.1% lower than the equivalent figure for 2017-18.