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The environment and sustainability

HS2 Ltd’s ambition is to build the most sustainable high speed railway of its kind in the world.

A green corridor of connected wildlife habitats will run alongside the railway

Respecting the environment

We will deliver a railway that respects the natural environment by conserving, replacing or enhancing wildlife habitats with a new ‘green corridor’ along the route.

In our planning, construction and operation of the railway, we are committed to developing an exemplar project. We want to limit negative impacts through design, mitigation and by challenging industry standards whilst seeking environmental enhancements and benefits.

We are committed to protecting the environment through the avoidance and prevention of pollution, and by meeting all compliance obligations.

Creating new woodland

Seven million trees will be planted during the first phase of HS2.

Our mission to be sustainable

Our ambition is to build the most sustainable high speed railway of its kind in the world. We want a high speed railway network which changes the mode of choice for inter-city journeys, reinvigorates the rail network, supports the economy, creates jobs, reduces carbon emissions and provides reliable travel in a changing climate throughout the 21st century and beyond.

Sustainability at HS2 is about delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.


Our sustainability themes consider economic, environmental and social aspects
We're adopting circular economy principles to deliver the best value

This includes delivering value to the UK taxpayer and passenger through taking decisions that seek to get the best value for money through the whole operating life of the railway. Our sustainability approach at HS2 groups our work into five themes reflecting the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability.

These themes support the HS2 vision of being a catalyst for growth across Britain and our mission, which includes being an exemplar project in our approach to engagement with communities, sustainability and respecting the environment.

The adoption of circular economy principles can play a key role in delivering this. They do so by stimulating new approaches, products and services, and by creating employment opportunities. Read more about our circular economy principles.

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