Rome, 1 February 2020
Three hundred tonnes less plastic in a year. This is Trenitalia's (FS Italiane Group) green plan that envisages a reduction in disposable plastic in catering services on board the Frecce and in the FRECCIALounges and FRECCIAClubs in Italian stations.
In a year, 15.2 million plastic bottles, 12 million plastic cups and 3.8 million plastic coffee stirrers have been eliminated. Plastic bottles are replaced with glass bottles or cans, which are easy to recycle. The plastic cups are replaced with paper ones while the plastic stirrers are replaced with wooden ones. Trenitalia has chosen all products on the market to be wrapped in other, non-plastic materials. The few products still wrapped in plastic will be replaced when the market offers environmentally friendly alternatives.
“Reducing plastic on board the Frecce - as Gianfranco Battisti, CEO and General Director of the Italian State Railways Group points out - reinforces FS Group's commitment with regard to the topics of sustainability. A concrete action, which becomes part of the virtuous path that FS Italiane started to engage in some time ago: in ten years, over 55 billion euro has been invested to improve infrastructures and services, with around 20 million tonnes of CO2 not emitted into the atmosphere. The FS Italiane Group was also the first railway operator in Europe to issue green bonds for the purchase of regional trains, High Speed trains and cargo trains that have high energy efficiency and a high recyclability rate, as well as being safe. The FS Group's 2019-2023 Industrial Plan, involving 58 billion euro in investments, is fully included in the future of the European Commission's Green New Deal. The results will make it possible to achieve three long-term goals (2030-2050): increase the modal shift for passengers and cargo towards sustainable mobility, increase safety on the rail, road and motorway network to the highest levels and reduce CO2 emissions in order to become carbon neutral by 2050”.