Energy consumption is a crucial environmental aspect in the FS Italiane Group’s activities. Transport services especially, in addition to maintenance and operation of road and railway infrastructure, require the use of vast quantities of energy and absorb a significant amount of the Group’s overall energy. The FS Italiane Group aims to provide transport solutions that increasingly combine impeccable service quality with excellent environmental performance. The roll-out of the new Pop and Rock regional trains began in 2019 and continued in 2020 throughout various Italian regions114. Designed to meet important environmental standards, they consume up to 20% less energy than other trains in the same segment and are equipped with smart air conditioning energy management systems and the green drive and smart parking functions, which minimise energy consumption.
The market has recognised the environmental performance of this new generation of trains, alongside the performance of the Group’s Frecciarossa 1000 trains, enabling the Group to place green bonds115. The green bond also involved the railway sector’s freight transport segment, allocating a portion of proceeds to the purchase of last-generation wagons and engines, improving the efficiency and sustainability of the transport service.
In the road transport segment, the Group aims to replace lower environmental category buses (Euro 2, 3 and 4) with vehicles offering higher ecological standards, including hybrid and electric vehicles. Moreover, 20 hydrogen buses were added to the vehicle fleet in the Netherlands, which should save over 1,300 tCO2 per year, with more to join over the coming years.