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HS2 will support the UK’s transition to a net zero carbon economy

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Carbon – putting Britain on track to a net zero carbon future

HS2 will support the UK’s transition to a net zero carbon economy

Transitioning to a net zero carbon economy

In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global climate change by 2050. As one of the most sustainable high speed railways in the world, HS2 will support the UK in making the transition to a net zero carbon economy. We will minimise carbon emissions as we build, deliver low carbon journeys and cut carbon emissions from other forms of transport.

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, says:

Transport has a huge role to play in the economy reaching net zero. The scale of the challenge demands a step change in both the breadth and scale of ambition and we have a duty to act quickly and decisively to reduce emissions.

On this page you will learn about:

Why HS2 journeys will be low carbon,

Why HS2 will reduce carbon emissions from other modes of transport,

How HS2 stations will be energy efficient and low carbon in operation,

How HS2’s carbon footprint for the construction and operation of Phase One, over a 120 year period, will emit less carbon than the UK road network does in one month.

In addition, there is also further information on sustainability assessment and quality assurance, and links to Environmental Statements and Information Papers.

Watch to find our how we will support the UK's transition to a net zero economy.

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HS2 journeys will be low carbon


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