Finding your rail route to Net Zero

Finding your rail route to Net Zero

Working at the intersection of transport, energy and environment for more than 100 years

We can help your rail organisation identify and work towards achieving its decarbonisation and net-zero goals. Everyone is starting their decarbonisation journey from a unique position; some will choose a steep climb and others may prefer a slower route or even a different end point. Each customer journey will have its unique set of challenges. One solution does not fit all. 

Our experts can be with you every step of your carbon climb. Whilst we can’t remove the challenges, we can help to navigate the path best suited for you, avoiding the worst of the obstacles and finding the most effective route to the top. Harry Ricardo, our founder, born in 1885, set out “to maximise efficiency and eliminate waste”.  We have been doing this ever since, to provide railways and a planet that are truly fit for the future.

Planning your Decarbonisation Journey

Know where you are starting from

Ricardo have supported and guided corporations, governments and industry bodies in developing validated carbon baselines for decades.

Agree a roadmap

Developing strategy in an uncertain world without knowing future policy and legislation is difficult but we can help you to eliminate the risk with a range of expertise and tools.

Agree your end goals

• Are your objectives carbon net-zero or wider sustainability?
• Are you looking at your company in isolation or across the entire supply chain?

Different objectives will lead to different choices.

Make a difference

Start with the quick wins to drive the biggest impact immediately. For example advanced energy optimisation tools can reduce energy consumption with minimal technical intervention. 


Navigate the options
while looking to
the future

Batteries or hydrogen? Alternative fuels? On-board or off-board energy storage? Transition now or wait for the technology to mature? The choices are never black and white and decisions today may be seen in a different light tomorrow. 


Constant evolution

This is not a story written once and fixed for time, rather it is an evolutionary journey. With our unique combination of rail expertise, environmental science and ability to create technical solutions, we have the experience to guide you safely along this path.

We support sustainability initiatives from feasibility to delivery. Notable projects range from a partnership role in the world's first solar-powered railway to providing technical support during the conversion of diesel rolling stock to hybrid-battery or hydrogen power

Our energy management experts help clients identify operational efficiency gains and can also support the implementation of action plans accompanied by proven monitoring technologies.

We have all been impressed with the impact of DriveSmart on day-to-day operations, with a 17% reduction of energy use on the sections where it is used Colin Kerr, Engineering Manager, Edinburgh Trams, 2019
We have all been impressed with the impact of DriveSmart on day-to-day operations, with a 17% reduction of energy use on the sections where it is used

Supporting railways for a cleaner, low-carbon world

As a member of the Ricardo group, we can also call on a deep pool of multi-sector expertise to supplement the work of our rail experts.

For example, we can draw on engineers who are specialists in low-emission technologies within the automotive sector or environmental analysts who advise governments and financial institutions on sustainability targets and environmental policies.

At the upcoming climate conference, COP 26, Ricardo has supported 17 countries in development of their climate commitments. 

A kilo of carbon not saved today is a kilo compounded to tomorrows target. Act today to save tomorrow.
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Get a free 1:1 sustainability 'health check'

Our sustainability experts are offering rail organisations a 'health check' to review current strategies and speed up progress towards your goals.

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