Our Commitments

Fight Against Climate Change

Plan to Fight Against Climate Change (PFACC)

Adif, aware of the public service it provides, maintains a strong commitment to Sustainability, so that its entire strategy is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Thus, in the environmental field, within its Strategic Plan it has defined a specific objective aimed at "contributing to transport that is environmentally friendly and responsible in the use of resources".

To meet this objective, Adif has committed to an initiative that aims to increase the contribution of the railway to the existing challenges in the Fight Against Climate Change, established from the Paris Agreement and SDG 13 "Climate Action". Consequently, it has drawn up a Plan to Fight Against Climate Change for the 2018-2030 period aligned with European and national policies and strategies in this regard, which, in the scope of mitigation, is based on developing measures to increase the energy efficiency and promote the decarbonisation of the railway system, thus reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, the aforementioned Plan includes actions in the scope of adaptation, in order to improve the resilience of railway infrastructures, as well as in matters of culture and awareness of our interest groups regarding this growing environmental concern.

In addition, at the beginning of 2020 Adif and Adif AV signed the 2019 Climate Responsibility Commitment of The International Union of Railways (UIC), which recognises the critical importance of taking immediate measures to give visibility to the railway as the essential means of transport in the fight against climate change. This agreement is an extension of the Climate Responsibility Commitment signed in 2015 and aims to align the position of the sector with the new challenges that are being posed in the fight against climate change, being more ambitious by establishing the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

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Within the strategic framework of Adif and Adif Alta Velocidad, an initiative is included that seeks to increase the railway's contribution to the existing objectives in the Fight Against Climate Change, based on developing measures that improve energy efficiency and promote decarbonising the rail system.

In this context, the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE) convened a programme of financial assistance for energy efficiency actions in the railway sector, the purpose of which was to encourage and promote performing actions in the sector that reduce dioxide emissions of carbon through executing energy saving and efficiency projects, thus contributing to the objectives of reducing final energy consumption established by Directive 2012/27/EU.

You can access the main information on the projects that Adif and Adif Alta Velocidad have submitted to the aforementioned financial assistance programme and that have been approved by IDAE at the following link.


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