UN Global Compact: VIA Rail Canada Announces Sustainability Plan

VIA Rail Canada
(Photograph Courtesy of VIA Rail Canada)

With the announcement of its sustainability plan and participation in the United Nations Global Compact, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) declares its commitment to sustainable travel.

In 2020, VIA Rail conducted a review of its guidelines, practices, and sustainability initiatives in order to show the development of this five-year sustainability plan that aims to reduce VIA Rail’s environmental footprint, improve its position as an important transportation provider, and create importance for coming generations.

“Sustainability is fundamentally related to our value of acting today for a better tomorrow,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Garneau.

“It is a priority and the foundation of the future we are all building together. This plan focuses amongst others on climate action, responsible sourcing and waste management and it will be yet another way for VIA Rail to be part of the solution in helping Canada create a more sustainable future for all.”

Canada’s multiple federal plans and objectives are allegedly supported by this plan, which aims to integrate environmental, social, and governance performance into all VIA Rail’s operations.

Some of this objectives that VIA Rail expect by 2025 are:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% or more by 2030 (compared to 2005);
  • Offering zero-waste trains in the Québec City-Windsor corridor;
  • Training all employees on sustainability;
  • Aligning 80% of community investments with the priorities of this sustainability plan;
  • Reaching 80% integration of the responsible sourcing policy by suppliers.

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