HS1 set to become first UK railway to run entirely on sustainable power

HS1  is set to become the first UK railway to run entirely on sustainable power by utilising wind and solar power, HS1 aims to operate solely on renewable energy and has pledged to be fully carbon-neutral within a decade.

The high-speed link between London, Kent and the Channel Tunnel has obtained Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates from its electricity supplier, npower Business Solutions.

This means that all future energy supplied to the rail operator is guaranteed to be from sustainable sources, such as wind and solar power. The move will enable HS1 to report zero-carbon emissions for the electricity it uses to power both trains and stations.

“HS1 is the Green Gateway to Europe,” said Dyan Crowther, HS1 Ltd CEO & NSAR Chair, while speaking at the launch of its sustainability strategy.

Although the REGOs are already in place, the supply contract award is expected to be ready in several months’ time, by March 2022 – at which point HS1 will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Working with its partners Eurostar and Southeastern High Speed, HS1 is aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of every passenger by 25% and to cut energy per train journey by 10%.