Environmental policy

Cities are getting more and more blocked with traffic and airports more congested. Rail is coming into its own as the competitive alternative.

Rail is:

  • Safe,
  • Occupies little land,
  • Uses relatively little energy,
  • Produces little pollution.  

The train combines high transport capacity with safety and performance helping people move around while complementing the other forms of transport.

CP is the key to sustainable mobility where efficiency goes hand in hand with quality of life and respect for the environment.

We are striving to improve our environmental performance.

Purely voluntarily, CP has set up an Environmental Policy and is working hard to ensure it is followed by implementing and certifying an Environmental Management System (EMS).

The definition of the Environmental Policy was the starting point to improve the organisation's environmental performance, sending a clear message to the employees, customers and suppliers.

In guaranteeing the fulfilment of the Environmental Policy by implementing and certifying  its Environmental ;Management System, CP must not only comply with the applicable environmental legislation and regulations but also improve its energy efficiency, improve the management of its resources and handle all waste properly.

The Environmental Policy was approved by the CP Board of Directors in November 2017.

CP strives hard every day to reduce its ecological footprint.

Travelling on CP means you are making your own contribution towards sustainable development.

Less power consumption – Trains use energy more efficiently than any other form of transport and the electricity used to drive our trains can be produced from a wide range of renewable sources.

Less pollution - The transport sector is mainly responsible for the increase in the amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The emission of gas pollution into the atmosphere has a direct impact on health and nature.

When we compare trains with cars or planes, trains emit only a tiny amount of this pollution.

Economic use of space – Trains can transport lots of people considering the amount of land they occupy and can carry huge loads at once. The Alfa pendolino tilting train between Faro and Oporto carries up to 301 passengers at a time.

Good safety record – The train is one of the safest ways to travel. The rail system has many backup safety systems, strict rules and invests heavily in maintenance.

In order to expand on these advantages, CP is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities even further.

This is part of the Company's Strategic Process and one of its underlying values.

For more details on the work CP has been conducting in this area, click on the links below: 

Nowadays, including environmental questions and sustainable development into transport policies, along with attempts to move goods and people onto public transport, namely the railways, is based on rationality and development strategy.

The current pricing system is unfair towards those companies that are striving to improve their environmental and social performance. It is estimated that the external costs of transports that are not covered by transport policies (costs that are associated with producing the transport service but which are not imputed correctly such as environmental decay, noise, space occupancy and accidents) cost as much as the economic contribution made by transports to the GDP.

While we are waiting for a better balanced and fairer price system, which must include the external costs (that we are now able to quantify economically), we are offering our customers and stakeholders the information they need to take informed decisions as to their personal or business transport options.

CP is a partner of BCSD Portugal - Business Council for Sustainable Development.

This is a non profit organisation that was set up in October 2001 by 36 of the country's largest companies to transpose WBCSD guidelines into Portugal. The main aim of BCSD Portugal is to motivate business leaders to steer towards Sustainable Development and promote eco-efficient companies that are innovative and socially responsible.

BCSD Portugal has, since the beginning, been a member of the regional WBCSD network – World Business Council for Sustainable Development.