VR Group has a joint environmental management system. All of the Group’s main operations have ISO 14 001 environmental certificates.

VR Group continued the implementation of its environmental promises during the year. Carbon dioxide emissions of train traffic declined by 19 per cent as a result of lower consumption of diesel fuel.

The proportion of renewable energy in rail traffic increased to 71 per cent (67%).

Soil surveys and decontamination form in financial terms a significant part of the Group’s environmental activities. The costs for action relating to the soil and groundwater totalled EUR 1.1 million (EUR 1.0 million).

In accordance with its environmental promises, VR Group aims to operate in a more energy and material efficient manner and increase the use of renewable energy. The Group will ensure that there are no chemical leaks polluting the environment during transport or other operations. The aim is also to ensure that customers are satisfied with the cleanliness of stations and trains.

VR Group’s environmental activities, key figures and the environmental promises for the period 2013 - 2020 are presented in the responsibility section of the annual report.