Falkirk High to become Scotland’s first net zero carbon station

(Google, 2021)

SCOTRAIL has announced plans to make Falkirk High Scotland’s first net zero carbon railway station.

The move follows a decarbonisation study which identified the station – which sits on ScotRail’s flagship route between Glasgow and Edinburgh – as the ‘ideal’ location.

It will see the installation of a large four-bay solar-pv carport, smart LED lighting in the carpark and walkway, improved insulation to the station building, and offsetting the station’s remaining Co2 emissions.

Damian Keaveny, ScotRail head of environment, said, “Rail is already the most sustainable mode of public transport, contributing only one per cent of Scotland’s overall transport carbon emissions, but we need to do more to reduce this to net zero by 2035. That’s why we’ve set out plans to create Scotland’s first net zero carbon station at Falkirk High.

“By installing a solar-powered carport to reduce the electricity consumption from our vehicle charging points, smart LED lighting to reduce energy demand in the car park and walkways, improving the station’s energy efficiency, and by taking part in vital offsetting initiatives, we will create a sustainable transport network which will lead to a net zero carbon future.”