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“On Track for Clean and Green Transport”:

High-Level Event on Transport and Climate change organised by UIC, Amtrak, UN DESA and SLOCAT before the Summit to discuss in particular the Transport & Climate Change issue with key leaders

In the context of the UN Climate Summit, UIC, in cooperation with one of its Members of the North American region, the US national passenger rail operator Amtrak, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the Partnership for SLoCaT organised one day before the UN Climate Summit, on 22 September, a high-level meeting on transport and climate change. This event brought together more than 100 participants from all over the globe, including representatives of the Transport world, as well as diplomacy, media and key political leaders of NGOs, IGOs, CEOs, VPs and VIPs.

This event, “On Track for Clean & Green Transport”, which took place at the General Post Office on 8th Avenue, currently being redeveloped as Moynihan Station, aimed at sharing the vision of potential development within the railways in the future and the role they can play regarding climate change between speakers and participants in an interactive atmosphere, with many questions asked by the audience. A few welcoming words were given by Michael Evans on behalf of the host of the day to say a few words on Moynihan Station and its future as a railway station, intermodal hub and backbone of sustainable transport.

A keynote address was made by José Viégas, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD). He highlighted Potential and Challenges of Railways’ contribution to Sustainable, Low Carbon Development by saying that in spite of significant progress of railways on multiple fronts, in some of the areas of railway advantage, the gap to road is shrinking. He also insisted on what is needed to reinforce railway’s contribution to Sustainable Development. He said: “You have to gain market share … you have to understand what the market wants … you have to anticipate, to have the courage to engage people and to think out of the box …” He also insisted on the fact that radical innovation is needed, and that ITF is available for cooperate and help UIC, one of its key interlocutors in this strategic sustainable development / climate change issue. He encouraged people to think differently - not a critical change but necessary to improve the legibility of railway advantages towards decision-makers. He added: “If the railway industry wants to shift … it has to overcome the procurement constraint, pushing the limits of what regulations usually do – and maybe the barriers will change … we have to change the frontiers of how procurement is made; we need some fresh air – so let’s go beyond the procurement.”
During the morning session participants also discussed the role that railways can play in the realisation of sustainable transport and addressing climate change. This session provided a global overview of how railways contribute to sustainable, low carbon development. Recent accomplishments and future plans of Amtrak, MTA, East Japan Railways, Mongolian and other rail operators and manufacturers in strengthening the position of railways were discussed with moderation by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, who said:

“At the UN Climate Summit tomorrow, UIC will announce an initiative to improve rail sector energy efficiency, decarbonise rail sector power and leverage this though modal shift – promoting a more sustainable balance of transport modes. The world needs resilient transport networks, as the climate changes the railways need to take action to ensure that services continue to meet customer expectations”. He added “Rail offers an important part of the solution to climate change. This is because it has low carbon intensity; and because the sector is taking action to provide climate resilient transport networks. Rail achieves low carbon intensity because it is an inherently efficient transport mode, fundamental to this is the very low rolling resistance between steel wheel and steel rail. It also benefits from economies of scale and high capacity - it has the ability to transport far more passengers and far larger freight quantities than road or air transport. I would like to start by with some examples from Europe before we move on to our panellists. The European rail sector has set itself the target to reduce specific energy consumption, per passenger km and tonne km, by 30% between 1990 and 2030. And to reduce specific carbon emissions, again per passenger km and tonne km, by 50% over the same period. We are on track to meet these targets. This is due to a number of reasons; improved load factors, investment in electrification, adoption of advanced technology and investment in low carbon power. For example: regenerative braking, returning breaking energy to the grid, is now state of the art. Advanced traffic control allows optimized train movements and speed profiles; in the UK, a reduction of over 2000 K tonnes of carbon will be achieved in 10 years through the installation of Driver Advisory Systems on both diesel and electric trains Eco-driving is now common, with recent trials in Sweden achieving savings of up to 19% in energy consumption. Experience in Norway has shown reductions in energy consumption of up to 15% following the installations of energy meters on trains. Meters on trains are now compulsory in Germany. In total 25,000 energy meters will be installed in Europe by 2020. The MERLIN project, part funded by the European Union, will offer a 10% reduction in energy consumption through more efficient energy management across the whole rail system. The electrified rail system, representing around 80% of European rail traffic, is immediately compatible with renewable energy. In fact the European rail sector has doubled its use of renewable electricity between 2005 and 2010. Renewable energies now account for 28 % of all electric traction in Europe. There are entire rail networks in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria where the electricity used is almost entirely carbon free. Today we have rail companies choosing to pay a premium price for electricity so that they can support investment in renewable energy. The Swiss railway owns and operates its own hydro electric power plants. The German railway offers business class travellers zero emission transport. The Dutch railway brokered a special deal so that from 2018 they will only use electricity supplied from new sources of renewable energy.”

After that, he invited panellists to illustrate actions taken by their companies in response to the challenge of climate change. [Presentations made during this day will be available in the next issue of UIC eNews].

Following this, participants broadened the scope to look at the wider transport agenda, with the first session of the afternoon considering integrating transport in international policy on climate change. This included contributions from Transport Research Laboratory, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Minister of Environment from Mexico City, the Global Environment Facility, the Clean Development Board and Siemens Mobility.

This session aimed to explain the importance of integrating transport in international policy on climate change. Relevant findings for the transport sector from the recent 4th Assessment report of the IPCCC were presented as an underpinning for a discussion on the mitigation potential of the transport sector. In response to the outcome of the November 2013 session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), which called for a more active integration of successful mitigation efforts by parties outside the convention into the deliberations on a new global climate change agreement, the session discussed how to best shape the contribution of the transport sector. This included a discussion on how to integrate the transport commitments that would be presented at the 23rd September Climate Summit of the Secretary General into an emerging Road Map for effective action on transport and climate change; this based on the understanding that fighting climate change is essential for poverty reduction and sustainable development.

At the end of the day participants looked again at action on the ground, by considering the Roadmap for Action on Transport and Climate Change. This session involved contributions from the World Resources Institute, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), International Railway Association (UIC), International Association for Public Transport (UITP), the FIA Foundation, & the Smart Freight Centre.

The focus of this section was to explain to the audience how the commitments made at the Climate Summit will help the scaling up of sustainable, low carbon transport. At the same time, each of the organisations making a commitment also spoke about how the SG Climate Summit has accelerated/is expected to accelerate activities covered by the commitment at the Summit.

This High Level event was also supported by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and the Canadian rail operator Via Rail.

UIC takes this opportunity again to thank the two architects for this fruitful day of discussion, Petra Messick from Amtrak and Nick Craven from UIC, for their involvement and all the work done to make this event a great success.

A video including the several highlights of the Event “On Track for clean and green transport” is available here:

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“Train to Paris” campaign – focus on trains

On 28 November, UIC coordinated on behalf of its Members the worldwide campaign “Train to Paris”.
The UIC “Train to Paris” team would like to pay tribute to all the actors of this project and would like to highlight the very powerful contribution of Members involved in this campaign during the one year preparation.
Saying that, the UIC team would like to warmly thank UIC Members and partners which contributed, through their action and coordination, to make this campaign a unique experience of cooperation and a unique opportunity to demonstrate that rail can be considered a solution to combat climate change.

Please find below some links illustrating some of these actions held on board several trains involved in the “Train to Paris” campaign:

DB: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12CLcBjsZQc
Video made by the German Ministry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EqXOoJlIp8

Thalys: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/journaal/2.41928?video=1.2509313
http://www.rtbf.be/video/detail_la-delegation-belge-en-route-pour-la-cop21?id=2063440

NS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uC1yrv7rXk
http://pt.rfi.fr/franca/20151201-de-comboio-ate-cop21-de-paris

On “Train to Paris” website, you will also find several interviews: http://traintoparis.org/interviews

Interviews were conducted on 28 November 2015 during the “Train to Paris” High Level Event organised by UIC with Yolaine de la Bigne, print and radio journalist (France Inter, RTL, France Info, Europe 1).

Author of several books, Yolaine de la Bigne was one of the first “urban-rural” journalists continuing to work in Paris, whilst still living in the French countryside. Already sensitised to nature through her collaborations with Nicolas Hulot for the Ushuaia issue, she became aware of the urgency to act and embarked on various actions to defend the environment.

She founded the Néoplanète website www.neoplanete.fr, and the first web-radio mixing music 24/7 and information on the defence of the planet.

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“Train to Paris” campaign: D-117 before 28 November 2015!

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Are you wondering what the actual routes of the Trains to Paris will be? Just take a look at the map created for the campaign.

As trains converge from the Northern and the Eastern parts of Europe, Russia and Asia, Southern Europe will also take a symbolic journey to the high-level event to be held in Paris on the evening of 28 November.
Trains will depart from Rotterdam, Bonn, Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt, and the train crossing Asia will depart from Beijing on 18 November with main stops in Ulan Bator, Irkutsk and Moscow, before heading to Paris. An incredible journey that we cannot wait to share!

In the run-up to COP21, we want to share how railways connect people to the world. To do so, the “Train to Paris” team has created an Instagram account to post pictures of the campaign online.

Do not hesitate to follow and tag #traintocop21 when you post pictures of trains and railways in your everyday life, on your way to work or during your holidays – even more so if your pictures show a sustainable touch!

For more information on this campaign, please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, the Event Coordinator: philippe at uic.org

Follow us on Twitter @trainCOP21 and on Instagram @traintocop21
Keywords: Train to Paris, COP21, sustainable development, climate change

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“Train to Paris” campaign: share with us your best practices!

130 days to go before the arrival of the international network of trains to Paris, just 48 hours before the beginning of COP 21! We are confident this international event will reinforce rail transport as one of the backbones to combating climate change and draw the attention of decision-makers.

The first steps were taken during the UIC General Assembly and the 9th World Congress on High Speed Rail, both held in Tokyo from 6 – 10 July. Those two major UIC events were the occasion to promote the Train to Paris campaign and give this project unique international coverage. Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, addressed a powerful message to members to launch the general assembly, highlighting the importance of railways for a low carbon future! Needless to say that Train to Paris is already working in that direction, positioning UIC on the world stage for a sustainable outlook.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, said:

28 November at UIC will be a special day for the contribution of railways with new sustainable efforts. Just one day before the kick-off of Cop 21, it will highlight the important role of transport and rail in particular towards climate change.

As UIC represents the railway sector within international and UN-related organisations such as the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport to the UN Secretary General, the Train to Paris team is now be more than interested to know how all UIC members promote their best practices or their innovations in sustainable development, low carbon emissions, etc.

Share with us the best practices you believe we could publish on the dedicated website traintoparis.org and on social media, to give the world an overview of how railways around the globe are heading towards a greener future for railways.

For more information on this campaign and to share content please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Event Coordinator: philippe at uic.org

Follow us on Twitter @trainCOP21

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“Train to Paris” video campaign

The “Train to Paris” coordination team is happy to announce the launch of the video promoting the campaign!

This short video using flat design presents in a colourful and fun way how railways can be considered as one of the backbones to fight climate change. Developed in the frame of COP21, the video also displays the commitments of UIC and its members in favour of a more sustainable future as the Climate Summit is now getting closer!
Enjoy viewing this video!
For more information on this campaign or if you would like to publish information about the campaign internally or externally in dedicated newsletters, board magazines, etc. please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Event Coordinator: philippe at uic.org

Follow us:

Train to Paris website: http://traintoparis.org/
Twitter: @trainCOP21
Instagram: @traintocop21
Facebook: Train to Paris
UIC: www.uic.org

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10th UIC Noise Workshop to be held on 15 March 2016 at Paris UIC Headquarters

The International Railway Association, UIC, will hold the 10th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 15 March 2016.

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise. Topics will include the recently published Staff Working Document (SWD) on rail freight noise reduction, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive, forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in addition to communication and managing relationships with residents living close to railway lines.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups, noise specialists from other transport sectors, experts in communication and managing relationships with residents groups in addition to representatives of residents groups.

Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation; however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please complete the form in the link below:

http://uic.org/events/spip.php?article3434

Confirmed speakers include:

Moderator: Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General UIC
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railways
  • Marco Paviotti, Policy Officer DG ENV
  • Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
  • Stephen Stansfeld, Queen Mary University London & Chair of the working group for the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region
  • Richard Greer, Director of Acoustics ARUP
  • Peter Ettler, President Swiss Noise Organisation (Schweizer Lärm Liga)
  • Dominique Bidou, Chairman CIBD
  • Nick Craven, Sustainable Development Manager UIC
  • Marina Bylinsky, Environmental Strategy & Intermodality Airports Council International

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven at uic.org

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10th UIC Railway Noise Workshop to be held on 15 March 2016

Please find below the reminder for the UIC Railway Noise Workshop which will be held at UIC Headquarters on 15 March 2016.

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To register for the event please consult the dedicated UIC page:

http://events.uic.org/10th-uic-noise-workshop

We hope to see you in Paris!

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Manager of the Sustainable Development Unit: craven at uic.org

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10th UIC Railway Noise Workshop, 15 March 2016 in Paris

Around 90 people attended the 10th UIC Railway Noise Workshop, held on 15 March 2016 in Paris. The workshop was designed to bring a wide range of stakeholders together in order to facilitate an open, inclusive and constructive discussion regarding the current situation, challenges and possible solutions for managing environmental noise from the rail sector.

In his welcoming address, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, observed that ‘whilst rail has the lowest environmental impact of any major mode of transport – in Europe at least, noise remains a critical issue. We must work together to ensure greater acceptance of rail transport if we are to increase rail modal share and through this to improve the sustainability of the transport sector.’ He also emphasized the need to move beyond completion between transport modes and collaborate on optimizing inter-modality.

The first sessions focused on noise policy in Europe, with interventions by Mr. Marcin Wójcik from the European Commission, Directorate General MOVE (Mobility and Transport) discussion the recent Staff Working Document concerning rail fright noise. This was followed by Ms. Ivana Juraga of European Commission DG ENV (Environment) who presented an update on the REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive (END). The session concluded with an intervention by Mr. Ethem Pekin concerning the rail freight noise strategy of the Community of European Railways (CER).

The second session opened with Prof. Stephen Stansfeld of Queen Mary University London is a leading expert on the impact of noise on humans. He addressed the development, by the World Health Organisation, of new environmental noise guidelines for the European region. This was followed by a look at the approach adopted by different transport modes, starting with Mr Nick Craven who presented the recently published report Railway Noise in Europe – State of the Art. This was followed by Mr. Patrick Malléjacq, the incoming Secretary General of PIARC, the World Road Association (a non-political, non-profit association with the aim to promote international cooperation on issues related to roads and road transport) and concluded with Mrs. Marina Bylinsky, Manager Environmental Strategy & Intermodality ACI (professional association of airport operators, joining 500 airports in 45 countries) who presented the State of the Art on Airport Noise Management.

The final session considered differ perspectives regarding communication with residents. This opened with Mr. Dominique Bidou is chairman of the French Noise Information and Documentation Center (CIDB) who presented a case study from the Éole project to the west of Paris. This was followed by Mr. Richard Greer, Director of Acoustics at consulting company Arup, with an introduction to SoundLab auralisation offered by Arup as an alternative to classical ways to inform the public about large infrastructural projects. The next speaker presented the perspective of the residents, Mr. Peter Ettler, president of the Noise League Switzerland (Schweizer Lärm Liga), discussed their lobbying actions and input to the Swiss Railway Noise Improvement Act of 2000. The final speakers presented approached sued by rail and road projects, this included Mrs. Maria Röjvall works for Stockholm City Council, Mr Günther Dinhobl (ÖBB) of the Austrian Railway ÖBB and finally Mrs. Lene Nøhr Michelsen of the Danish Road Administration and Mr. Allen Jensen of consulting company Ramboll.

In the concluding remarks, the workshop moderator Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB, thanked all speakers and participants and observed that the workshop provided a wide variety of perspectives, both in modalities and countries. It was clear that there is a need to maintain a proper balance between environmental performance of the railways on the one side and loss of market share on the other. With respect to the residents, the railways should strive to avoid or minimize health risks. Above all, it is important that all stakeholders will agree to settle for a compromise instead of insisting on their own position.

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11th UIC Noise Workshop held in Paris on 14 November 2017

The International Railway Organisation, UIC, is holding the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017. Around 80 participants are gathered today at UIC for this annual event.

This event is focusing on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) & appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers are invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.
Opportunities are provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

Here are the main themes developed throughout the day as well as the speakers taking the floor:

EU rail noise policy with Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV, Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV, Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA, Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER.

Impact of quieter routes to the business: Operators reflection with Michael Müller, Euro Fleet Mang. DB Cargo.

Noise assessment with Martin van den Berg, Chiaramonte Noise and Transport Consult & WHO noise working group, Paul de Vos, Satis, Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra.

Research and development with Alf Ekblad, Trafikverket and chair of the UIC Vibration Expert Network, Paul de Vos, Satis, Baldrik Faure, SNCF, Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University, Nick Craven, UIC, Jakob Oertli, Chairman Noise Expert Network & SBB.

Consult the Railway Induced Vibration Report: https://uic.org/noise

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development and UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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11th UIC Noise Workshop held in Paris on 14 November 2017

The International Railway Organisation, UIC, is holding the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017. Around 80 participants are gathered today at UIC for this annual event.

This event is focusing on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) & appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers are invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.
Opportunities are provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

Here are the main themes developed throughout the day as well as the speakers taking the floor:

EU rail noise policy with Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV, Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV, Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA, Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER.

Impact of quieter routes to the business: Operators reflection with Michael Müller, Euro Fleet Mang. DB Cargo.

Noise assessment with Martin van den Berg, Chiaramonte Noise and Transport Consult & WHO noise working group, Paul de Vos, Satis, Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra.

Research and development with Alf Ekblad, Trafikverket and chair of the UIC Vibration Expert Network, Paul de Vos, Satis, Baldrik Faure, SNCF, Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University, Nick Craven, UIC, Jakob Oertli, Chairman Noise Expert Network & SBB.

Consult the Railway Induced Vibration Report: https://uic.org/noise

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development and UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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11th UIC Railway Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons and ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought. Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation; however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please click here:

http://events.uic.org/11th-uic-noise-workshop

Please find below the programme of this workshop:

Moderator: Jakob Oertli Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

08.30 Registration & coffee
09.00 Welcome remarks: Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
09.10 Introduction: Jakob Oertli, Chairman UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

EU rail noise policy
Rail freight noise policy - Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
Environmental Noise Directive - Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV
TSI revision - Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA
Freight CEO task force - speaker tbc
The view from CER - Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER

Noise assessment
WHO guidelines for noise Stephen Stansfeld, Queen Mary University London & Chair WHO noise working group (invited)
Rail noise, Leq or Lmax? Paul de Vos, Satis
UIC Track Train Interaction acoustics Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra

Research and development
Vibration State of the Art Report- Paul de Vos, Satis
How much is enough? Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University
Reflections on noise management – Nick Craven, UIC
Conclusion – Jakob Oertli, Chairman Noise Expert Network & SBB

The Shift2Rail projects Fine1 & Destinate will be presented as poster sessions during the breaks.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

craven at uic.org

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11th UIC Railway Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons and ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought. Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation; however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please click here:

http://events.uic.org/11th-uic-noise-workshop

Please find below the programme of this workshop:

Moderator: Jakob Oertli Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

08.30 Registration & coffee
09.00 Welcome remarks: Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
09.10 Introduction: Jakob Oertli, Chairman UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

EU rail noise policy
Rail freight noise policy - Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
Environmental Noise Directive - Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV
TSI revision - Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA
Freight CEO task force - speaker tbc
The view from CER - Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER

Noise assessment
WHO guidelines for noise Stephen Stansfeld, Queen Mary University London & Chair WHO noise working group (invited)
Rail noise, Leq or Lmax? Paul de Vos, Satis
UIC Track Train Interaction acoustics Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra

Research and development
Vibration State of the Art Report- Paul de Vos, Satis
How much is enough? Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University
Reflections on noise management – Nick Craven, UIC
Conclusion – Jakob Oertli, Chairman Noise Expert Network & SBB

The Shift2Rail projects Fine1 & Destinate will be presented as poster sessions during the breaks.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

craven at uic.org

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12th UIC Workshop on Noise and Vibrations held on 19 March 2019 in Paris

UIC held the 12th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 19 March 2019. Around 100 participants met at UIC HQ for this annual event. The workshop was designed to bring together a wide range of railway stakeholders in order to facilitate an open, inclusive and constructive discussion regarding the current situation, challenges and possible solutions for managing environmental noise from the rail sector.

Mr Francois Davenne, Deputy Director General of UIC, reminded the meeting that “whilst rail has the lowest environmental impact of any major mode of transport – in Europe at least, noise remains a critical issue. We all have to work together to ensure greater acceptance of rail transport if we are to increase rail modal share and through this to improve the sustainability of the transport sector.” He also emphasised the need to move beyond completion between transport modes and collaborate on optimising inter-modality.

The first session focused on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. The first presentation aimed to explain the noise policy in Europe, with presentations by Mr Nino Zambara from the European Commission, Directorate General MOVE (Mobility and Transport). The discussion addressed rail freight noise reduction, the revised TSI noise and the application of the charging for the cost of noise effects. This was followed by Mr Marco Paviotti of the European Commission DG ENV (Environment) who presented an Environmental Noise Directive (END) and common noise assessment methods for Europe. The session concluded with a presentation by Mr Ethem Pekin concerning the rail freight noise strategy of the Community of European Railways (CER). During the first session, opportunities were provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

The second session opened with Mrs Sabine Janssen from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands who was also part of the Guideline Development Group of the WHO Noise Guidelines. She addressed the development, by the World Health Organisation, of new environmental noise guidelines for the European region. In conclusion to her presentation, she reminded the meeting that the WHO provides guidelines which are not noise exposure limit values for European legislation and recommended to perform the cost-benefit analysis to find what is feasible at national level. This was followed by a look at the approach of the Shift2Rail project about Cross Cutting Activities, with Mrs Judit Sandor and Mrs Siv Leth who presented the objectives of S2R and some examples from funded projects. This was followed by Till Bunsen from the International Energy Agency (IEA) who presented the report on the “Future of Rail” (https://www.iea.org/futureofrail/), which reflects the cooperation between UIC and IEA. He emphasised that rail remains the most energy efficient transport mode, integrated policies for all modes needed to reach climate objectives. The second session concluded with Mr Alf Ekblad, Chairman of the UIC Vibration Expert Network & Trafikverket, who presented current issues on vibrations in the railways.

The final session considered the various requirements on the noise and vibration mitigation management of railway transport. It was planned as short talks – five minute presentations. This opened with Mr Günter Dinhobl from ÖBB, Austria and was followed by Mr Ward Verhelst (Belgium/Infrabel), Mrs Lenka Vaňková (Czech Republic/SZDC), Mrs Lisette Mortensen (Denmark/Banedanmark), Mr Jean-Philippe Regairaz (France/SNCF), Mrs Martina Fleckenstein (Germany/ DB), Mr Nils Ijntema (Netherlands/Prorail/NS), Mr Trygve Aasen (Norway/Bane NOR), Mrs Joanna Salawa (Poland/PKP Cargo S.A), Mrs Karin Blidberg (Sweden/ Trafikverket) and Mr Jakob Oertli (Switzerland/SBB).

In the concluding remarks, the workshop’s moderator Mr Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB, thanked all speakers and participants and observed that the workshop provided a wide variety of perspectives, both in modalities and countries. At the closure of the workshop, the video of the UIC Network Noise and Vibration Working Group was presented and is now available on UIC’s YouTube channel which can be seen here:

  • The speech given by Mr François Davenne during this Noise Workshop is available here:

https://bit.ly/2CAAFa0

For further information please contact Pınar Yılmazer, Senior Advisor for the Sustainable Development Unit:

yilmazer at uic.org

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13th UIC Sustainability Conference – focus on the Awards

The UIC Sustainability Awards Ceremony was held during the 13th edition of the Sustainability Conference organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Austrian Railways (ÖBB) from 12 – 14 October 2016.

This world tour of railways was a unique opportunity to illustrate the commitment of companies and best practices with a global audience.

The international panel of judges was composed of Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC, Willy Bontinck, SNCB, and Johann Pluy, ÖBB Infra.

Prizes were awarded to:
1st Prize – SBB, for “Sleep Well, My Train”
2nd Prize – DB, “Train simulator”
3rd Prize – DFCCIL, Indian Railways, for Railway Project “Saksham”

These were all the projects presented:

DB
DB has created an App called DB Train Simulator. The goal is to simulate an energy efficient ride and to demonstrate that each driver has the opportunity to push the climate performance of the train even further. The game is based on the training programme that teaches train drivers an efficient use of energy […]

Thalys
Thalys integrated the Science Based Target programme. […] There is a business opportunity here. As we decarbonise, we also become more attractive to customers. Having this target also gives us a stronger voice and more credibility in the debate on climate change and on the role the transport sector has to play in reducing emissions.

Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI)
1. GHG inventory for railway operation
2. Carbon footprint calculation for infrastructure construction of high-speed rail
3. Domestic carbon footprint labelling through life-cycle railway operation service for a target route
4. Tier 3 GHG emission factor for diesel-electric locomotive
5. Development of energy metering system for electric railcars

Network Rail
[…] Provide a strategic route linking key centres of economic activity between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Bedford by re-opening, reconstructing and upgrading the partially-disused routes. A significant part of the case for EWR is modal shift and positively tackling climate change by providing a more sustainable means of meeting travel demands. […]

ÖBB
Ethical Investment became a strong growing sector […] ESG Rating agencies like oekom research in Munich, are providing an essential service for those investors as they are publishing sustainability ratings, as an independent party.
Oekom research has been rating the transport infrastructure sector two times already: ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG turned out to be “best in the class” among over 40 other transport infrastructure companies all over the world.

SBB
[…] A project with a huge impact is the recently developed system of sending all vehicles their effective service timetables (“fahrplanbasierte Bereitstellungszeit – timetable-based preparation time”). Based on this information, the vehicle decides on its own which operational mode it should stay in and for how long, and what preparation is necessary when, depending on the outside temperature and its own thermal behaviour. […]

Infrabel
The first “sail” train ran on wind power on 24 October 2015 following the activation of the first seven wind turbines in the Greensky park. This wind farm is located alongside the high-speed Leuven-Liège railway line and the E40 motorway. […] Annual production is estimated to be nearly 5,000 MWh of electricity with an annual reduction in CO2 of 15,000 tonnes.

Dfcc.co.in
[…] In 2015, DFCCIL launched a project titled “Saksham” to provide skills based training to the youth of displaced families, ensuring employment to beneficiaries to restore their livelihood.
The project was spread over different field units. Of the 1012 persons trained in different trades in year 2015, about 750 persons from project-affected areas obtained employment […]

Via Rail Canada
[…] We are especially proud of our innovative intermodal partnership program that is helping to increase the modal share of rail, reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to climate change and smog, improve economic activity and congestion, and promote quality of life for our society by connecting people and communities.

All presentations can be found on the dedicated website: http://uic-environment.org/uic-sustainability-champion-award

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe: philippe at uic.org

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13th UIC Sustainability Conference – Vienna 12-13-14 October 2016

Plans are now well progressed for the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. The conference will take place in the glorious Imperial city of Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016.

This programme will examine both the contribution that rail can make towards delivering the 2030 sustainable development agenda and also how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage. The latest programme is enclosed, please consult http://uic-environment.org/ for updates.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andreas Matthä OBB CEO
  • Franz Seiser, OBB INFRA CEO
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC CEO
  • Canadian Railways, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, Via Rail Canada
  • Michail Stahlhut, CEO SBB Cargo International AG
  • Kamel Ben Naceur, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, International Energy Agency
  • Rajesh Sethi UNFCCC
  • Gireesh Shrimali, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Johann Pluy, OBB Infra

Workshops

The conference will include a number of dedicated workshops dressing key sustainability issues, including:

  • Carbon footprint in railways: integrated scope and innovative tools
  • Weather resilience and climate change adaptation
  • Emissions and air quality: which framework?
  • Digital communication and energy efficiency in railways: driving, metering, and billing
  • Energy efficiency projects: potential improvements for mid and long term
  • GRI G4 reporting: challenges for rail sector
  • Railway noise in the common noise assessment method CNOSSOS
  • Sustainable procurement in the rail sector: taking larger strides and leapfrogging along the sustainability path
  • Door to door business solutions
  • Sustainable and smart stations and infrastructures
  • Sustainable tourism (Toprail)
  • Biodiversity: preventing decline & benefits of effective stakeholders management
  • Environmental management for maintenance activities
  • Recyclability of rolling stocks

For more details please refer to the website http://uic-environment.org/workshops

14th of October: technical and cultural visits

The technical visit will take place in the new Rail Freight Centre South Vienna. Click here for more information

Participants are also welcome to join a visit of the cultural highlights of Vienna.

More information will be given shortly.

Only registered participants can attend and should send an email to philippe at uic.org to confirm their presence on the 14th.

Sustainability Champion

The first day of the UIC Sustainability Conference will allow UIC members to highlight recent achievements in the field railway sustainability. This session will take the form of a world tour of railways, with each given 3 minutes and one slide to describe the impact on environmental, social and economic sustainability. This is a unique opportunity to illustrate the engagement of your company in Sustainability issues and share best practice with a global audience. Apply on line http://uic-environment.org/uic-sust...

Sponsorship

There are a number of interesting Sponsorship opportunities, for more details please contact Marie Luz Philippe at philippe at uic.org

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13th UIC Sustainability Conference held from 12 – 14 October 2016 in Vienna

The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by UIC and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) with the title “Railways: efficient power towards Sustainability” was successfully held in Vienna at the Hofburg International Congress from 12 to14 October 2016.
This conference follows a successful edition held in October 2012 in Venice.

The Conference featured speakers from leading international organisations and European institutions, such as United Nations’ UNFCCC and UNECE, International Energy Agency IEA, European Commission, European Investment Bank EIB, the Austrian Energy Agency and representatives from the rail sector including Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President of VIA Rail Canada, Chairman of UIC North American Region, Mr Michael Stahlhut, the CEO of SBB Cargo, Switzerland, etc.

330 delegates from 25 countries attended and participated in the debate focused on a sustainable future for the railway sector. The conference aimed to examine the key issues of how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage, attract investment whilst reducing costs and risks.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, opened the conference giving a message from Mr Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations: “I am pleased to convey my greetings to all those gathered for the 13th Railway Sustainability Conference.
Sustainable transport is an important part of our common efforts to tackle climate change and build a cleaner, greener world.”

“…. The transport sector can play a vital role in achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. I count on the commitment of the global railway community to make transport more sustainable – and your gathering is especially timely coming within weeks of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

He also delivered a message on behalf of Mr Oleg Belozerov, UIC Chairman & Russian Railways RZD President, addressing the participants:
“Sustainability is among the priorities of UIC. Its members consistently put measures in place that are aimed at improving the mobility of the population and the experience that passengers have with railway services.”

The UIC Environment, Energy and Sustainability Platform (…) set priorities for UIC activities aimed at environmental protection and sharing of best practices.”

Mr Johann Pluy, Division Manager of “Railway Systems”, ÖBB Infra, declared that climate change is a reality. Natural disasters influence the reliability of railways and are costly. As Austria is an industrial country, powerful freight corridors are important. There are opportunities to improve the efficiency of the rail sector.

ÖBB is investing a significant amount in advertising to inform customers about sustainability. The company supports the climate strategy of the government and encourages innovative solutions.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux highlighted that: “Sustainability is embedded in the core functions of UIC. Our mission statement is to develop rail transport to meet the needs of sustainable mobility.”

Rail is the backbone of sustainable transport, which in turn is an enabler of sustainable development. Our contribution to society has impacts that reach far beyond the transport of people and goods…”

“…We have now published our first report on progress against these targets, ready for the United Nations Climate Change conference COP 22 to be held in Marrakesh next month. These data and analysis have been collected, analyzed and published in partnership with the International Energy Agency.”

Mr Rajesh Sethi, Manager Sustainable Development and Mechanisms Programme, UNFCCC, gave a quote from the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Mrs Patricia Espinosa:

The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in Vienna provides a forum for the rail sector to identify the key actions that railways can take to deliver action that increases global ambition to meet the climate change challenge.“

To go more in depth, this event covered three main sessions: The Global 2030 Agenda & COP21 Paris Agreement, Rail and Sustainable development in Europe, and Railway delivering sustainable developments goals.

  • The first session introduced the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the COP21 Paris Agreement, considering both the global and national perspectives before focusing on the role that rail transport can play. It also presented key messages for COP22.
  • The 2nd session organised by CER, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, focused on the key issues at European level for achieving low-emission mobility. Decarbonising the transport sector thus remains both a challenge and an opportunity for European policymakers, and low-carbon transport modes such as rail can play a big role in effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The 3rd session considered the strategic issues concerning the contribution of railway companies to key Sustainable Development Goals and how this can secure a competitive advantage. It examined innovative business models, technology and finance and technology transfer, amongst other issues.

UIC Sustainability champion

During the event, the UIC Sustainability champion selected nine short presentations by UIC members and showing the sustainability initiatives of their companies.

Three awards were given to:

  • Mr Ueli Kramer, Project Leader Energy Management at Swiss Federal Railways SBB, received the 1st award thanks to his project on “sleep well, my train”.
  • Mrs Milena Oschmann, Expert Environmental Affairs, DB, received the 2nd award with the DB project on the application developed on ‘DB Train Simulator’, which shows how train drivers are climate friendly.
  • Mr Sanjay Kumar, DFCCIL, Ministry of Railway, Government of India, received the 3rd award, with the project “Saksham”, marching ahead on the sustainability path.

During the second day, a series of 14 technical workshops looked in detail at key issues for railway sustainability.

Parallel Workshops

Some parallel workshops were held discussed on:

  • The Carbon footprint in railways where solutions are on the table today to save carbon and save money simultaneously when building new rail infrastructure.
  • The Sustainable procurement: where the use of lifecycle perspectives and in particular life cycle costing in procurement decisions can have a significant impact on sustainability outcomes and should be encouraged. The UNEP-led 10YFP SPP programme (Sustainable Public Procurement Programme from the United Nations Environment Programme) aims at accelerating the shift to sustainable procurement through the establishment of a global collaborative platform. The strengthening of sector based initiatives such as Railsponsible should be encouraged. The legal framework that controls public procurement makes it complicated for public entities to make use of common rating standards of suppliers.
  • Noise & the common assessment method: We have a common noise prediction method, but an un-common process to deal with the data produced.
  • Rail roughness is a dominant parameter for rolling noise. But this parameter is dynamic. It may change by about 1 dB per month. How that should be taken into account in a noise map that is produced once every five years.
  • For implementation of the common noise assessment method, a lot of work still has to be done. A better link with the Inspire Directive shall be sought.
  • Digital communication and energy efficiency: which requires standardisation / harmonisation for cross border operation. It also deals with ’Increased data transfer and cyber security risks’.
  • Sustainability reporting: UIC sits in a ’perfect storm’ for green investing: decarbonising mobility, steady cash flow, long term track record and negative interest rates.
    Reporting with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and the UIC Guidelines is critical to establish credibility to substantiate the degree of decarbonisation and provide further confidence in purposeful management.
    Environment and social profit loss accounting presents a new and exciting possibility for the UIC Guidelines.

Other workshops addressed climate change adaptation, sustainable tourism, energy efficiency projects, recyclability of rolling stock, emissions and air quality, door-to-door solutions, environmental management for maintenance, sustainable and smart stations and biodiversity.

Mr Willy Bontinck, Environmental and Energy Management SNCB and Chair of UIC Environment Energy and Sustainability Platform (EES) and Mr Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit, concluded this two-day conference. They were satisfied by the evolution of the conference and the growing success, with ten times more participants than 20 years ago when the conference began for the first time. Mr Bontinck saw the changes and a shift for pure environment and sustainable issues and also a shift to railway business management.

With these 100 speakers, the purpose was to exchange information because “we are a part of one railway world” he said.

They thanked the sponsors, the ÖBB team and all the speakers for their involvement.

The third day was dedicated to a technical visit which took place in the new Rail Freight Centre South Vienna.

For further information please contact:

Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable development Unit: craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development: philippe at uic.org

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13th UIC Sustainability Conference to be held in Vienna from 12 – 14 October 2016

The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, will take place in exactly one week in Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016.

This programme will examine both the contribution that rail can make towards delivering the 2030 sustainable development agenda and also how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage. The latest programme is enclosed, please consult http://uic-environment.org/ for updates.

Strategy day

The first day will be composed of three main sessions:

I - The Global 2030 Agenda & COP21 Paris Agreement
II - Rail and sustainable development in Europe: Panel Session Co-organised by CER
III - Railways delivering sustainable development goals

Technical day

The conference will include a number of dedicated workshops dressing key sustainability issues, including:

  • Carbon footprint in railways: integrated scope and innovative tools
  • Weather resilience and climate change adaptation
  • Emissions and air quality: which framework?
  • Digital communication and energy efficiency in railways: driving, metering, and billing
  • Energy efficiency projects: potential improvements for mid and long term
  • GRI G4 reporting: challenges for rail sector
  • Railway noise in the common noise assessment method CNOSSOS
  • Sustainable procurement in the rail sector: taking larger strides and leapfrogging along the sustainability path
  • Door to door business solutions
  • Sustainable and smart stations and infrastructures
  • Sustainable tourism (Toprail)
  • Biodiversity: preventing decline & benefits of effective stakeholders management
  • Environmental management for maintenance activities
  • Recyclability of rolling stocks

For more details please refer to the website http://uic-environment.org/workshops

Technical and cultural visits

The technical visit will take place in the new Rail Freight Centre South Vienna on 14 October.

Participants are also welcome to join a visit of the cultural highlights of Vienna.

Sustainability Champion

The first day of the UIC Sustainability Conference will allow UIC members to highlight recent achievements in the field railway sustainability. This session will take the form of a world tour of railways, with each given 3 minutes and one slide to describe the impact on environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Contact: Marie Luz Philippe at philippe at uic.org

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13th UIC Sustainability Conference to be held in Vienna on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016

Be a Sustainability champion ! – Apply now

Following the success of previous editions, the first day of the UIC Sustainability Conference will allow UIC members to highlight recent achievements in the field of railway sustainability.

This session will take the form of a world tour of railways, with each given three minutes and one slide to describe the impact on environmental, social and economic sustainability.

This is a unique opportunity to illustrate the engagement of your company in Sustainability issues and share best practice with a global audience.

To be a Sustainability Champion and reserve your time on stage please complete application form here and return it to environment at uic.org before 12 September 2016.

Technical day programme

Thursday 13 October will be the occasion for participants to attend numerous parallel sessions focusing on key sustainability issues affecting the rail sector including energy, noise, carbon, sustainability reporting, climate change adaptation, sustainable mobility, recycling and sustainable procurement, sustainability for maintenance activities.

You can download the details of those workshops here. Do not hesitate to check the website for regular updates.

Registration – free of charge – is possible here.

Website: http://uic-environment.org/

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

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15th Meeting of UIC Sustainable Land Use Network

On 16 November 2017 the 15th Meeting of UIC network Sustainable Land Use was held at the SNCF offices at Paris Gare du Nord.

After Andrea Braschi, Advisor at UIC, gave news from working groups and general activities of UIC, Ethem Pekin from CER provided the CER political update and the discussion currently happening in Brussels.

All participants then participated in a round table on the more newsworthy than ever topic of glyphosate. Companies discussed a response to a possible ban and updated the network on the political situation in their country and the envisaged strategy for the next few years.

Throughout the day various members of the Network took the floor:
Roland Nolte (IZT) presented the Herbie assessment report and the next steps for the final vegetation guidelines. Micheal Below (DB) and the audience conversed on the content of the Herbie project, its content, the priorities timeline and the deliverables of the project.

The day finished with a session on projects for 2019. The Herbie is expected to be delivered in the first Semester of 2018. New projects are expected to be approved by the Next EES Platform in April 2018. Members are of course encouraged to bring ideas for new projects for the Expert group.

To receive more information or for any enquiries, please contact Andrea Braschi, UIC Advisor:

braschi at uic.org

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1st South East Environment Workshop

The first South East workshop, jointly held by Serbian Railways and UIC in Belgrade on 29 and 30 September, brought together environmental specialists from railways in the South East Europe region, to share best practice, start a regional network, and improve links with the environmental working groups of UIC.

There was excellent representation from the region, with presentations from Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Slovakia. Other railways represented at the workshop included Poland and Romania. Presentations were also delivered by specialist consultants working in remediation of polluted soil from both Serbia itself and the Netherlands. Deutsche Bahn also presented the way they manage their environmental and sustainable development activities. In total around 40 specialists attended over the two days.

Following on from the success of the workshop, all participants have been invited to join the newly-formed UIC Expert Network on Sustainable Land Use which will explore issues around soil pollution, vegetation control, biodiversity protection and so on. The first meeting will be on 15 November at UIC headquarters.

In related news, Serbian Railways are organising a conference on Energy Efficiency in Belgrade on 17 & 18 November, and a 2nd South East Europe Environment Workshop will be planned for September 2012.

For more information please contact Alex Veitch: veitch at uic.org

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1st South East Environment Workshop (29-30 September 2011, Belgrade, Serbia)

UIC and Serbian Railways are jointly organising the 1st South East Environment Workshop in Belgrade. The workshop will present railway experts of the South-East Europe region with practical solutions for their key environmental issues, enable exchange of best practice, and create a network among experts of the region.

For details and online registration please click here: http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article2806

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1st UIC Forum on Tourism Opportunities for Railways successfully held on 20 April 2018 in Barcelona

The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC (International Union of Railways) and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) under the theme “The Business of Rail Tourism”, was held at the Fira de Barcelona congress centre as part of the B-Travel Trade Fair.

The TopRail project is an initiative of the International Union of Railways (UIC) dedicated to Rail Tourism at international level. Its primary objective is to bring together rail and tourist-related stakeholders – from the railway industry (operators, manufacturers) and the tourism industry (tour operators, wholesalers) to international, national and regional policy makers, international organisations and academia, to the final customer – to discuss the business opportunities in the rail and tourism sectors.

The Forum was created with the aim of establishing itself as the ultimate benchmark for sector professionals and is intended to be the meeting point of all the stakeholders involved. The approach is very broad encompassing different areas: train-cruises, panoramic trains, railway heritage, etc.

This first edition, attended by around 60 participants from 15 different countries (from Ecuador to USA and Russia to most of the countries in Europe), consisted of single intense day of morning and afternoon sessions, complemented by a technical visit on the following day to the new Railway Museum of Catalonia in Vilanova (near Barcelona).

The Forum was opened on 20 April by Mr Pere Calvet, Director General of FGC and President of UITP, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Mr Enric Ticó i Buxadós, President of FGC.
Pere Calvet expressed his gratitude on behalf of UITP (International Union of Public Transport) for having been invited to open the first TopRail. He said: “UIC and the UITP share many common goals and have to deal with similar technical, social and regulatory issues and we are working to strengthen this links and develop common working schemas … the business-oriented approach, customer satisfaction, modal transfer, ticketing, are part of TopRail and also part of the daily challenges for urban public transport providers all over the world.
In a world with an increasing urban population, public transport has a key role to play. Without an efficient public transport system, it would be impossible to achieve liveable and sustainable cities.”

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux began by thanking Pere Calvet, the team at FGC and Carles Casas, Chairman of TopRail, for their commitment to the project from the very beginning.
He said: “Tourism and transport are inherently and historically linked. TopRail is a commitment to address the challenge of facing the future of railways not only from a nostalgic point of view that special trains can provide, but also to support tourist experiences on railways as a strategic framework for ensuring an attractive and positive image of the railways in the generations to come.”

Enric Ticó i Buxadós said it was a pleasure and honour to welcome everyone to Barcelona on behalf of FGC. He added: “I wanted to start by thanking the UIC for choosing Barcelona to celebrate the First TopRail Forum because it not only gives us the opportunity to express and strengthen our commitment with TopRail group, but it will give you the opportunity to experience, first hand, our wide range of services.
We are responsible for a wide range of tourist-related services going from rail services to mountain resorts … so tourism for us is not just an exotic traveller that randomly appears on our lines but is part of our core business, and we want to keep it this way.
This approach goes all over the company and we are continuously looking for ways to attract the tourist market to our services, all of them.”

Three panel sessions then addressed the issues of railways in relation to sustainable tourism, regional development and the preservation of heritage. Participants discussed how the railway industry can contribute to fostering well managed tourism, sustainable development, job creation and trade by looking at issues such as:

  • The impact of increasing tourism on current infrastructure
  • How rail tourism can contribute to sustainability
  • Examples of good practices in rail tourism
  • How to make the most of rail heritage and to make it an income generator

Highlights included presentations by the following guest speakers, among others:
Peter Haxton, Policy Analyst, OECD
Tim Fairhurst, Director of Policy, ETOA
Supinder Singh, President, Palace Tours
Jordi Tresserras, Director, LABPATC, Barcelona University and Advisor for UNESCO
Urs Wieser, Sales Manager, Stadler Rail

Partners and sponsors included: Renfe; Stadler; OECD; ETOA; OBB; Rodalies; Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles.

Renfe, as the company sponsoring the event, gave a presentation that was delivered by Amador Robles as representative in Toprail of the General Directorate of Development and Strategy. The presentation consisted of a general explanation of all the tourist trains operated by Renfe, but with special attention paid to the historical ones: the Strawberry Train and the future potential of the Historic Steam Train.

The closing session was delivered by Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department. He said that UIC started TopRail to meet the demand for sustainable tourism. On behalf of UIC, he was pleased to co-host this event with FGC, and thanked them for their excellent organisation. He thanked the panellists, moderators and participants for the interesting discussions, and extended a special thanks to Vanessa Perez for her efforts in making the event a success.

During the second day of the First TopRail Forum, the participants enjoyed a visit to the Railway Museum of Villanova i la Geltrú run by the Director of the Museum, Pilar Garcia; She explained to the participants the past, present and future projects of this particular Museum that aims to show the contribution of the railways to the economic and social development of the area, emphasising the importance of people at all times.

At the end of the conference, it was announced that the second TopRail Forum will take place next year in Italy, kindly hosted by the Italian Railway Foundation.

Website: http://toprail.org/

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez at uic.org

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2015 Edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions published

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have officially launched the new edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions. 2015 marks the fourth year of collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to produce the Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 emissions of the world railway sector. Following the previous editions, UIC and IEA have been increasingly encouraged to pursue this joint effort in close cooperation.

The book contains data and analysis of the rail sector’s performance. It illustrates the efficiency in terms of the rail system’s energy and carbon performance. This data and analysis are independently verified by the IEA.

This publication facilitates analysis that is vital to the proper decision making process. Previous editions were recognised as a reference document by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. These data provide an answer to understanding environmental issues and propose solutions for the decarbonisation strategies of the transport sector.

The global demand for transport is expected to double by 2050. The ability to meet this growing demand in a sustainable way is of fundamental importance in this historical moment.

The special focus on vehicle efficiency in this handbook (and related KPIs) delivers a clear message to the audience: to meet this growing demand by increasing investments on new and efficient rolling stock and technical improvements to the existing fleet will produce important improvements both in transport efficiency and environmental impact.

Some key facts of the 2015 edition:

  • The transport sector was responsible for 23.1% of global CO2 emissions in 2012. 3.6% of transport emissions were due to the rail sector, while railways transported over 8% of the world’s passengers and goods. The relative contribution of rail to global CO2 emissions has decreased since 1990 while total CO2 emissions have risen by almost 50%.
  • Electric intensity for passenger rail vehicles at global level, measured in MJ/train-km, has consistently improved from 1975 to 2012 by -32%, while the electric intensity for freight rail vehicles has improved by -23%. This improvement is particularly significant for electric vehicles in China and diesel vehicles in North America.
  • The railway sector has implemented several technological solutions that will facilitate the energy efficiency of rolling stock in the next decades: installing energy meters, energy recovery from braking, DAS (Driving Advisory System).
  • Railway specific energy consumption has been following a downward trajectory since 1975, both for passenger and freight services. From 1975 to 2012, the energy use per passenger-km declined by 62%. In the same time span, the amount of energy needed to move one tonne-km fell by 46%. In 2012, both indicators reached about 150 KJ per passenger-km (for passenger transport) or per tonne-km (for freight transport).
  • Specific CO2 emissions in the rail sector have been following a similar rate of improvement to specific energy consumption, resulting in CO2 intensity close to 16 g CO2 per passenger-km in the case of passenger transport and per tonne-km in the case of freight transport.

This is just some of the key information provided in the Handbook that emphasises the decisive role of the rail sector in meeting global climate and economic challenges.

Again, this publication has only been possible thanks to the support of UIC members and their annual contributions to UIC Statistics and to the Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) of UIC. The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to thank UIC members and hopes that this new edition can provide valuable information with sound science.

The UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions is available at:

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/iea-uic_2015-2.pdf

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2: castanares at uic.org

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2016 Edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions focuses on sustainability targets

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have officially launched the new edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions. The 2016 publication marks the fifth year of cooperation between the two organisations and aims at providing insightful information, each year covering a special feature. In the past, these topics have ranged from the energy mix in the rail sector to the cost and sustainability impacts associated with rail infrastructure to vehicle efficiency. The new edition takes into account the Paris Agreement, the historic outcome of the 21st UNFCC Conference of Parties (COP21) in December 2015 in which more than 180 countries pledged to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

With each new edition, the rail and energy data continue to improve as a result of the close cooperation between the IEA and the UIC. For this 2016 Handbook, the main improvement results from the collection of more detailed and accurate energy data from UIC members. In addition to the existing collected and validated information for European railways, Russia, Japan, USA, China, India and South Korea, among others, have made particularly noteworthy strides to improve data within the report.

As in previous editions, Part I of this year’s Handbook is dedicated to presenting the most significant data and trends concerning energy consumption and CO2 emissions from the rail sector, focusing on the most relevant regions in terms of rail activity, namely EU 28, USA, Japan, Russia, India and China. This serves to place a spotlight on the regions and countries which cumulatively accounted for 89% of passenger-kilometres and 84% of tonne-kilometres travelled globally in 2013. In addition, statistics illuminating rail-related CO2 emissions, passenger activities, freight activities, and electrification rates at a regional and global level are published within this section.

Furthermore, this Part pays particular attention to the growing role of high-speed trains in the rail sector, including but not limited to global coverage and the number of kilometres (in operation, construction, and planning phases). The sector of high-speed rail infrastructure was dominated by China in 2013, as it hosts 60% of the global High-Speed rail infrastructure, followed by Europe which accounts for a share of 24%.

Part II of this year’s handbook emphasises the analysis and the evaluation of rail sector and national targets, also compared to other modes of transport. The results of our analysis indicate that historical evolution of specific energy consumption and specific CO2 emissions from rail are on track to achieving the 2030 and 2050 UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge targets, moving the rail sector towards the 2 Degree Scenario (2DS) outlined in the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) publication. The Handbook presents for the first time the evolution of the rail global targets set by UIC in 2014, supported by the outcomes of the commitment on reporting signed in 2015 by UIC Members through the Climate Responsibility Pledge inside the ‘Train To Paris’ campaign.

The special focus on sustainability targets in this handbook delivers a clear message to the audience: rail transport offers a more sustainable alternative to most other transport modes, both in terms of energy use and carbon emissions per passenger-kilometre or tonne-kilometre, and is anticipated to continue to do so over the coming decades.

Part II also zooms in on commitments made by single countries to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. In this context, an analysis is included of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) – representing the outlined actions individual countries intend to take under the Paris Agreement – aimed at understanding the extent to which single countries include the transport sector and the rail sector in their pledges.

This is just some of the key information provided in the Handbook that emphasises the decisive role of the rail sector in meeting global climate and economic challenges.

This publication has only been possible thanks to the support of UIC members and their annual contributions to UIC Statistics and to the Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) of UIC. The direct data collection from railways covers over 90% of the global rail transport activity, and the incorporation of this information into the IEA Mobility Model has increased the consistency of the data, providing a more solid background for the analysis presented in this publication and into the Mobility Model of the IEA.

The production of the Railway Handbook 2016 has been a good opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between the IEA and the UIC. This relationship has served to enrich and improve the knowledge of activity, energy and emissions data associated with the railway sector. The previous editions of the Handbook are freely available from the UIC website.

The IEA-UIC Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions 2016 Edition is available at: http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/iea-uic_railway_handbook_2016_web.pdf

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

castanares at uic.org

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20th UIC Environment, Energy & Sustainability (EES) Platform held on 5 April 2017 in Paris

The 20th UIC Environment, Energy & Sustainability (EES) Platform met at UIC HQ in Paris on 5 April 2017. UIC presented the latest sustainability activities, proposals for opt-in 2018 and a number of items for information.

The meeting started with an introduction and welcome by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux (UIC CEO) and Willy Bontinck (SNCB & Platform Chair).

Last time the EES group met was during the Sustainability Conference in Vienna in October 2016 and Jean-Pierre Loubinoux emphasised the success of the event as well as the growing awareness of the importance of sustainable transport as a key driver for social and economic development and peace. Mr Loubinoux added that the publication in October 2016 of the final report of the High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport as well as the participation of UIC in the first Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan last November had been great occasions to advocate the role of rail as the backbone of sustainable transport. UIC is still liaising with the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guteres to sustain momentum on sustainable transport.

An update of each of the expert networks was then conducted along with the political update of CER provided by Ethem Pekin, Senior Environmental Economist at CER.

The unit proposed four new projects for Opt-In – three in Europe and one in Asia:

  • Best Practices Energy workshops (Europe)
  • Noise Technical Advice to the European Union
  • UIC Leaflet 930
  • Best Practices Energy workshops (Asia)

Two new projects for the global budget were also proposed:

  • Door to door mobility
  • Clean air rail

The EES platform was the opportunity to discuss future plans for COP23 under the Fiji Presidency taking place in Bonn in November 2017, and gave the chance to the Members of the platform to learn more about the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) and comment on the global macro-roadmap on “An Actionable vision of the decarbonisation of transport”.

The EES platform gave the occasion to renew invitations to the RailAdapt workshops to be held in 2017, in London in April and in Beijing in June.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

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3rd edition of the “Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions” officially launched in New York in the context of the UN Climate Summit

UIC officially launched on 22 September in New York the new edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions at the High-Level Event “On Track to Clean & Green Transport” organised in the framework of the UN Climate Summit.

2014 marks the third year of collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to produce the Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 emissions of the world railway sector. After the success of the 2012 and 2013 editions, UIC and IEA have been increasingly encouraged to pursue this joint effort in close cooperation.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, who presented the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions during several meetings in New York in the context of the UN Climate Summit, said:

“Today I am proud to launch the 3rd edition of the Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions – published jointly by the International Railway Association, UIC, and the International Energy Agency. This is the 3rd consecutive year that we have worked collaboratively on this project.

The book contains data and analysis of the rail sector’s performance. It literally charts the rail sector renaissance and clearly illustrates the unrivalled efficiency of the rail system. This data and analysis is independently verified by the IEA. I must thank the IEA for their fruitful collaboration.

This publication is the product of our philosophy – a statement of our belief in transparency, evidence based decision making and the importance of building partnerships. It represents hard work and commitment by UIC and by the IEA – but most importantly by our member companies who provide the data, which enables the analysis fundamental to proper decision making process.

I am pleased to state that the previous edition was recognised as a reference document by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. And we trust that this honour will also be bestowed on the new 3rd edition.”

The positive feedback received from the private sector, governments and international organisations has made it clear that there is a real need for valuable information on energy use and related CO2 emissions for rail and the transport sector in general.
These data provide an answer to understanding environmental issues and propose solutions for the decarbonisation strategies of the transport sector.

The global demand for transport is expected to double by 2050. The ability to meet this growing demand in a sustainable way is of fundamental importance in this historical moment.

The special focus on infrastructure in this handbook (and related KPIs) delivers a clear message to the audience: to meet this growing demand by increasing investments on rail will produce important improvements both in transport efficiency and environmental impact.

Some key facts:

  • Since 1975 paved road lane kilometres doubled while global rail track length decreased by nearly 10%. At the same time, rail infrastructure carries 10 times more transport units per km than road, using roughly 11 times less energy per transported unit.
  • Every dollar invested in rail infrastructure results in between 3 and 10 times less CO2 emission generated compared to each dollar spent on road, while carrying 3.5 times more TU than road.
  • Worldwide, only 0.6% of the total energy consumed in 2011 and 1% of global CO2 emissions comes from rail, compared to 20% of energy and 16.5% of emissions from road transport.
  • The effort of the railway sector to improve its environmental impact is already acknowledged: energy consumption and CO2 emissions have both been halved since 1990 levels.

This is just some of the key information provided in the Handbook that emphasises the decisive role of the rail sector in meeting global climate and economic challenges.
Again, this publication has only been possible thanks to the support of UIC members and their annual contributions to UIC Statistics. The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to thank UIC members and hopes that this new edition can provide valuable information with sound science.

The UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions is available here:

http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/uic-iea_railway_handbook_on_energy_consumption_co2_emissions-2.pdf

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven at uic.org or Veronica Aneris: aneris at uic.org

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3rd International Conference on Standardisation

UIC is pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on Standardisation which will be held on 16 March 2021 in Paris, UIC Headquarters.

The conference will be developed around the theme “How can Standardisation help to evolve a sustainable railway?”

Participation is free of charge, by clicking on the link below:

https://uic.org/events/3rd-international-railway-standardisation-conference

For more information please contact the Standardisation Unit at: standardisation at uic.org

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3rd International Conference on Standardisation

UIC is pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on Standardisation which will be held on 16 March 2021 in Paris, UIC Headquarters.

The conference will be developed around the theme “How can Standardisation help to evolve a sustainable railway?”

Participation is free of charge, by clicking on the link below:

https://uic.org/events/3rd-international-railway-standardisation-conference

For more information please contact the Standardisation Unit at: standardisation at uic.org

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3rd International Conference on Standardisation

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UIC is pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on Standardisation which will be held on 16 March 2021 in Paris, UIC Headquarters.

The conference will be developed around the theme “How can Standardisation help to evolve a sustainable railway?”

Participation is free of charge, by clicking on the link below:

https://uic.org/events/3rd-international-railway-standardisation-conference

For more information please contact the Standardisation Unit at: standardisation at uic.org

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3rd International Conference on Standardisation

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UIC is pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on Standardisation which will be held on 16 March 2021 in Paris, UIC Headquarters.

The conference will be developed around the theme “How can Standardisation help to evolve a sustainable railway?”

Participation is free of charge, by clicking on the link below:

https://uic.org/events/3rd-international-railway-standardisation-conference

For more information please contact the Standardisation Unit at: standardisation at uic.org

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3rd International Conference on Standardisation

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UIC is pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on Standardisation which will be held on 16 March 2021 in Paris, UIC Headquarters.

The conference will be developed around the theme “How can Standardisation help to evolve a sustainable railway?”

Participation is free of charge, by clicking on the link below:

https://uic.org/events/3rd-international-railway-standardisation-conference

For more information please contact the Standardisation Unit at: standardisation at uic.org

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3rd International Conference on Standardisation

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UIC is pleased to announce the 3rd International Conference on Standardisation which will be held on 16 March 2021 in Paris, UIC Headquarters.

The conference will be developed around the theme “How can Standardisation help to evolve a sustainable railway?”

Participation is free of charge, by clicking on the link below:

https://uic.org/events/3rd-international-railway-standardisation-conference

For more information please contact the Standardisation Unit at: standardisation at uic.org

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5th International Railway Summit to be hosted in association with UIC and Huawei

The 5th International Railway Summit will be hosted in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies, the global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. The summit, a comprehensive networking event for the railway industry, is organised by IRITS Events and will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, which is the first time this event is held in Asia.

UIC is the worldwide professional association which represents 200-member organisations in 100 countries, encompassing 1 million km of rail track. The association helps members meet sustainable development and mobility challenges, creates standards and common solutions, and proposes new ways to improve technical performance, competitiveness and cost-efficiency. UIC develops and facilitates cooperation and the sharing of best practices among members.

Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, intelligent devices and cloud computing. Its innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions. To date, Huawei’s Digital Railway solution has been applied in more than 120,000 kilometres of rail lines by over 50 global rail construction companies and operation companies, including five of the top 10 rail operators.

The 5th International Railway Summit will feature a full two-day conference programme with speeches delivered by industry leaders and experts, as well as concurrent bespoke one-to-one consultation meetings between buyer and expert companies.

The conference programme is organised under the theme of Social and Economic Sustainability for Rail Transport and will address the pressing issues facing rail today and in the decades to come.

UIC’s Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux will deliver a keynote speech as part of a session on the Economics of High Speed Rail, along with Mohd Azharuddin Bin Mat Sah, CEO of Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). Subsequently, Marc Antoni, UIC’s Director of Rail Systems, will take part in a panel discussion on Standardisation for Cross-border Transport.

Yuan Xilin, President of the Transportation Sector of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, will make a keynote speech in a dedicated conference session on Digital Railway Transformation. This session will also include interventions from Francis Bedel, UIC’s Chief Digital Officer, Dr Prodyutt Dutt, Chief Development Officer of SPAD, and Prasarana’s Chief Strategy & Information Officer, Ezwan Hazli Abdul Malek.

Other conference sessions will debate congestion in urban networks, investment in freight corridors, and intermodal passenger transport.

During the Summit, Huawei will showcase its latest platforms, technologies and solutions to accelerate digital railway transformation, such as Railway IoT, Urban Rail Cloud, Rail operational communication network.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC remarked: “UIC is happy to collaborate on the 5th International Railway Summit, which underlines the ever-increasing importance of safety in the daily operations of railways. Beyond the existing processes, transparent benchmarks and the sharing of experience from all stakeholders is certainly a must to make the most of efficient collaboration. Obviously, digital is a new element to take into consideration in the development of technologies and the necessity to anticipate, as much as possible, an endogenous approach to cyber security in all safety devices.”

Yuan Xilin, President of the Transportation Sector of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group, said: "It is a great pleasure for Huawei to share the latest rail industry trends, innovative solutions and global application cases with leaders of key rail operators, rail infrastructure owners, as well as international rail authorities. Huawei is dedicated to joint innovation with customers and partners in fields such as cloud computing, IoT, Big Data, communications networks, and other new ICT technologies. We aim to become a preferred partner in railway digital transformation that helps customers improve operational safety, operational efficiency, and passenger experience.”

Jules Omura, Managing Director of IRITS Events, commented: “We are delighted to organise the 5th International Railway Summit in association with UIC and Huawei. UIC’s unique position representing and promoting the global railway industry will significantly enhance the quality and reach of the summit. As the world’s leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, Huawei are active across a vast range of sectors and will bring great skill and expertise to the Kuala Lumpur meeting. We look forward to working closely with them to make the summit a success.”

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRITS Events.

About International Railway Summit

International Railway Summit is an exclusive meeting of the world’s key rail operators, national and local governments, and leading technical experts. Rail sector leaders receive free bespoke consultation from innovative experts, relevant to their future projects. The summit also offers a full conference programme, technical visits, and evening dinners, designed to forge lasting relationships between participants.
After four successful events in Europe, the summit makes its Asia Pacific debut in 2017 when it hosts its 5th edition in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November. The 6th edition will take place in Prague on 21-23 February 2018. The International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events Ltd. To find out more visit www.irits.org

For further information please contact Anuja Raut, Marketing Director, IRITS Events:

anuja.raut at irits.org

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5th International Railway Summit to be hosted in association with UIC and Huawei

The 5th International Railway Summit will be hosted in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies, the global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. The summit, a comprehensive networking event for the railway industry, is organised by IRITS Events and will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, which is the first time this event is held in Asia.

UIC is the worldwide professional association which represents 200-member organisations in 100 countries, encompassing 1 million km of rail track. The association helps members meet sustainable development and mobility challenges, creates standards and common solutions, and proposes new ways to improve technical performance, competitiveness and cost-efficiency. UIC develops and facilitates cooperation and the sharing of best practices among members.

Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, intelligent devices and cloud computing. Its innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions. To date, Huawei’s Digital Railway solution has been applied in more than 120,000 kilometres of rail lines by over 50 global rail construction companies and operation companies, including five of the top 10 rail operators.

The 5th International Railway Summit will feature a full two-day conference programme with speeches delivered by industry leaders and experts, as well as concurrent bespoke one-to-one consultation meetings between buyer and expert companies.

The conference programme is organised under the theme of Social and Economic Sustainability for Rail Transport and will address the pressing issues facing rail today and in the decades to come.

UIC’s Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux will deliver a keynote speech as part of a session on the Economics of High Speed Rail, along with Mohd Azharuddin Bin Mat Sah, CEO of Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). Subsequently, Marc Antoni, UIC’s Director of Rail Systems, will take part in a panel discussion on Standardisation for Cross-border Transport.

Yuan Xilin, President of the Transportation Sector of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, will make a keynote speech in a dedicated conference session on Digital Railway Transformation. This session will also include interventions from Francis Bedel, UIC’s Chief Digital Officer, Dr Prodyutt Dutt, Chief Development Officer of SPAD, and Prasarana’s Chief Strategy & Information Officer, Ezwan Hazli Abdul Malek.

Other conference sessions will debate congestion in urban networks, investment in freight corridors, and intermodal passenger transport.

During the Summit, Huawei will showcase its latest platforms, technologies and solutions to accelerate digital railway transformation, such as Railway IoT, Urban Rail Cloud, Rail operational communication network.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC remarked: “UIC is happy to collaborate on the 5th International Railway Summit, which underlines the ever-increasing importance of safety in the daily operations of railways. Beyond the existing processes, transparent benchmarks and the sharing of experience from all stakeholders is certainly a must to make the most of efficient collaboration. Obviously, digital is a new element to take into consideration in the development of technologies and the necessity to anticipate, as much as possible, an endogenous approach to cyber security in all safety devices.”

Yuan Xilin, President of the Transportation Sector of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group, said: "It is a great pleasure for Huawei to share the latest rail industry trends, innovative solutions and global application cases with leaders of key rail operators, rail infrastructure owners, as well as international rail authorities. Huawei is dedicated to joint innovation with customers and partners in fields such as cloud computing, IoT, Big Data, communications networks, and other new ICT technologies. We aim to become a preferred partner in railway digital transformation that helps customers improve operational safety, operational efficiency, and passenger experience.”

Jules Omura, Managing Director of IRITS Events, commented: “We are delighted to organise the 5th International Railway Summit in association with UIC and Huawei. UIC’s unique position representing and promoting the global railway industry will significantly enhance the quality and reach of the summit. As the world’s leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, Huawei are active across a vast range of sectors and will bring great skill and expertise to the Kuala Lumpur meeting. We look forward to working closely with them to make the summit a success.”

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRITS Events.

About International Railway Summit

International Railway Summit is an exclusive meeting of the world’s key rail operators, national and local governments, and leading technical experts. Rail sector leaders receive free bespoke consultation from innovative experts, relevant to their future projects. The summit also offers a full conference programme, technical visits, and evening dinners, designed to forge lasting relationships between participants.
After four successful events in Europe, the summit makes its Asia Pacific debut in 2017 when it hosts its 5th edition in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November. The 6th edition will take place in Prague on 21-23 February 2018. The International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events Ltd. To find out more visit www.irits.org

For further information please contact Anuja Raut, Marketing Director, IRITS Events:

anuja.raut at irits.org

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60 days to go until “Train to Paris”, the COP21 global tie-in campaign coordinated by UIC

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This coming 28 November, just before the start of negotiations at the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, world railway organisation UIC will coordinate the arrival in Paris of a series of trains from across Europe, Asia and Russia as part of an international campaign dubbed “Train to Paris”.

“Train to Paris” is an international-scale demonstration of UIC’s long-standing commitment, on behalf of its 240 members worldwide, to tackling climate change and related issues, organising substantive action to develop sustainable transport systems across the globe.

Trains are set to depart from Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Rotterdam, Moscow, Beijing, and Ulaanbaatar. Carrying delegations to the COP21 negotiations in Paris, the purpose of these trains is to emphasise the importance of developing sustainable transport systems - which represent part of the solution to climate change.

The trains will converge on Paris on 28 November 2015, the weekend preceding the start of the COP21 negotiations. Amongst the events to be held in connection with “Train to Paris” will be a high-level symbolic welcome hosted by UIC and attended by a delegation featuring senior representatives of the United Nations, French government and European Union, as well as key stakeholders in the railway community, both public and private sectors, operators and suppliers.

The rail sector’s pledges

The railways pledge to help protect the climate by:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions: on average, a journey by train emits 3 to 10 times less CO2 than the equivalent journey by road or air.
  • Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions: rail represents 9 % of transport worldwide, but produces only 3 % of total transport-sector greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • Increasing the share of renewable energy source in the energy mix used to power trains: wind, solar, hydroelectric, etc. Many countries have already taken major steps in this direction, from Germany to the USA (California), not forgetting the Netherlands and India, which recently commissioned wagons covered in solar panels.

The key messages of the “Train to Paris” campaign are outlined in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyqQvAzpui8

To find out more about UIC’s “Train to Paris” campaign – 28 November 2015

Visit the “Train to Paris” website: http://traintoparis.org/
Twitter: @trainCOP21
UIC website: www.uic.org

For further information please contact:

UIC Sustainable Development Department: craven at uic.org; philippe at uic.org

Media: UIC Communications Department, plaud at uic.org

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6th Global Rail Freight Conference in Genoa addressed the main challenges in global logistics

From 26 – 28 June 2018, the 6th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC), one of the leading events dedicated to rail freight transport and logistics at world level, was held in Genoa, Italy, at the historic venue of Palazzo Ducale. This event, prepared in a close cooperation between UIC and Italian Railways FS Italiane, is a landmark for all actors of the logistics chain. Genoa is the south terminal of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, one of nine multimodal TEN-T Corridors under development to boost the growth and competitiveness of the European economy in a sustainable way and a port open to world trade.

For one-and-a-half days, representatives of institutions, companies and the logistics world exchanged and debated on the following main challenges over the course of seven sessions:

  • Mega Trends in Global Logistics
  • The race towards sustainability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Blockchain technology
  • Globalisation, Innovation and Connectivity
  • Rail freight corridor developments and the new Silk Roads
  • Integrity of the Logistics Chain

Session 1: Megatrends

Intramodality is a must
Collecting Big Data is not an issue anymore but data processing and analysing is the key
Legal frameworks are evolving everyday
Large focus on Asia-Europe corridors (but do not forget the flows between North America and Central and South America which are growing, and be conscious of Africa)

Session 2: Sustainability

Transport is not taken into consideration enough but it is the core of sustainable development goals
Projects exists but are developing slowly
Amount of investment is huge
Investing in infrastructure and rolling stock is costly
Think about “soft measures” such as process enhancement, language issues, IT developments.
Sustainable development is not only about environmentally-friendly measures, but also about ethical and social measures. The rail sector is generally speaking a leader on these aspects.

Session 3: Sustainable Finance

New tools now exist: Private Public Partnerships (PPP) Green Bonds, etc.
Stakeholders need to use them because public resources are not enough.

There is a need to find funding from other sectors:
Investors
Investment funds
Pension funds
Private banking

Finance flows to the transport sector are small compared to other sectors (as energy).

Session 4: Blockchain Technology

Characteristics: Transparency (complete overview of all costs, information on exact status of shipment)
Process: Competitive options such as cost, time, mode of transport, carriers, etc.
Services: Real-time location, better customer service and online administration of all bookings
Experience: to ease booking such as for road or air transport

Session 5: Globalisation, Innovation, Connectivity

Technology now helps us to go further in the areas of:
Smart Assets
Lean maintenance
Rolling stock maintenance
Fleet management
Infrastructure works better planned, smart interventions

Session 6: Rail Freight Corridor Developments and the New Silk Roads

Operators on the Europe-China corridor are financing the whole business and the growth
The 13th Five-Year-Plan at a glance – infrastructure is one of the most important future corner-stones
Eurasian rail cargo grew significantly, yet has a low intermodal market share

Session 7: Integrity of the Logistics Chain

Electronic seal-systems and electronic devices help operations people to enhance the security level of shipments featuring:

Track and trace
Rapid responses
Real time monitoring
Better costs
Better delivery delays

Rail cargo has advantages, especially on Eurasian corridors:
Faster than sea freight
Cheaper than air freight
More sustainable than air freight
Loading capacity higher than road and air freight
Security is better by rail than by road

BIC presentation: using BIC codes and Locodes helps
Track and trace
No language barriers (codes are international)
Better asset management

In CIT’s presentation, the goals were defined as follows:
One legal regime for all transport modes
Standardisation of the contractual relationship between carriers and shippers
Using the CIM consignment note (paper) and the electronic consignment note

The obstacles are:
Still lots of papers need to travel with goods (invoices, paper consignment notes, etc.)
Procedures need to be updated
Customs
Legal framework

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

gehenot at uic.org

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9th Noise Workshop

UIC will hold the 9th Noise Workshop in Paris on 18 November 2014. This event will focus on recent and forthcoming initiatives at European level for the reduction of rail freight noise.

The programme will open by considering the European Commission’s Roadmap (http://ec.europa.eu/transport/media/consultations/doc/2013-railnoise/roadmap.pdf) for Effective Reduction of Noise Generated by Rail Freight Wagons in the European Union and proposals to re-fit the Environmental Noise Directive, with presentations by Piotr Rapacz (DG MOV) & Marco Paviotti (DG ENV). Responses and insights will be provided by representatives of the rail operating and wagon keeping communities, including Libor Lochman (CER). Opportunities will be provided for participants to pose questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders.

The second session will commence with insights to an evidence based approach for determining guidelines for noise exposure with a presentation by Marie-Eve Héroux of the World Health Organisation. This will be followed by a look at the overall environmental impact of transport in terms of external costs, presented by S Markovic-Chenais (UIC). A review of the current knowledge of railway noise control and a proposal for acoustic criteria for new LL blocks will be presented by Franck Poisson (SNCF) and Fabien Letourneaux (SNCF). This session will end by considering the scope for future research funded by the European Union within the Shift2Rail programme, presented by Simon Fletcher (UIC).

Finally the workshop will examine different perspectives from across Europe regarding Noise Differentiated Track Access Charging and retrofitting with low noise LL-blocks. This will include speakers from the German and Swiss Governments in addition to representatives from networks where NDTAC may not be implemented. The programme also includes perspectives from UIP and Becorit, operators and infrastructure managers.

There is no charge for attendance. To register your place and download the latest programme please visit:

http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article3293

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven at uic.org

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Alberto Mazzola to follow Libor Lochman as CER Executive Director

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Alberto Mazzola was unanimously elected as new Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) by the CER General Assembly on 21 September. He will succeed the current Executive Director Libor Lochman and take office on 1 January 2021.

Alberto Mazzola holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Doctorate cum Laude in Nuclear Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan. In 2002 he joined Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS), where he held different positions. In his current role as Head of International Government Affairs, he is based in Brussels dealing with international affairs and European legislation, market regulation and technical standards. Before joining FS, he contributed to the worldwide business section of Leonardo Finmeccanica (1988-2002). From 2015 to September 2020, he was Vice-President of the Transport, Energy and Service of General Interest Section and President of the International Trade Agreements Follow up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee.

CER Chair Andreas Matthä (CEO, ÖBB Holding AG) said: “With Alberto Mazzola, the General Assembly today decided for an outstanding expert not only in EU policy making but also in the European rail business. I am confident that he will strongly represent Europe’s rail sector towards the European institutions and successfully position rail as the backbone of Europe’s future sustainable mobility plans. The Executive Director will also focus on the current Covid-19 challenges working hard with members to regain customer trust."

“With his deep knowledge of the railway system, Libor Lochman has immensely contributed to the work of CER over the last 15 years, first as Deputy Executive Director responsible for technical affairs, and as of 2011 as its Executive Director. Let me highlight that thanks to his relentless efforts, the finalisation of the Fourth Railway Package has been a stepping stone for the creation of the Single European Railway Area. An era is coming to an end and CER thanks him for all his achievements.”

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman said: “I am extremely happy that Alberto Mazzola has been appointed today as the next CER Executive Director. We have been working together for years and I know he is recognised by all rail stakeholders as one of the top lobbyists in the EU rail community. He will have the chance to start his mandate with the kick off of 2021 as the Year of Rail and with a freshly published EU Strategy on Sustainable and Smart Mobility: I am sure he will be able to use this historical moment to confirm CER as a key player in the definition of the future EU mobility policies. I look forward to working with him in the upcoming weeks to ensure a smooth change of leadership here in Brussels.”

Incoming CER Executive Director Alberto Mazzola said: “I would like to thank the Chairman Andreas Matthä and the CER members for the trust in selecting me as new Executive Director and Libor Lochman for his determined work at the service of CER. I will work to support, with the relaunch of Europe after Covid-19, the full recovery of passenger and freight transport by rail, as well to promote new policies to boost rail. With the 2021 European Year of Rail we will bring citizens, railway workers, social partners, businesses and European youth closer to the public debate on EU Sustainability and Mobility policies.”

The CER General Assembly also elected Róbert Homolya (CEO, MÁV) as a Vice-Chair of CER and Vincent Ducrot (CEO, SBB) as a new member of the CER Management Committee.

(Source: https://www.cer.be/media/press-releases/alberto-mazzola-follow-libor-lochman-cer-executive-director)

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An active summer for the “Train to Paris” campaign

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A great deal has happened during the summer of 2015. There are now less than 100 days left before COP21 and here is our latest news.

Climate Responsibility Pledge

Following Ban Ki-moon’s declaration to UIC members during the General Assembly, UIC has created the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge. In the next two weeks, CEOs of all UIC members will be invited to electronically sign this pledge. This commitment by every company will be presented to the United Nations during the “Train to Paris” High Level Event on the evening of 28 November.

Modal shift

In addition to the pledge, UIC will develop a compelling narrative of real modal shift supported by a concrete base of evidence. We will build confidence that increasing rail market share can become a reality by highlighting the breadth and depth of rail projects in a Global Register of Modal Shift Projects. To support this register we have developed a short online survey and will be reaching out to request your support by registering the main projects that will help to increase your companies’ activity.

Media relations

UIC has developed several partnerships with specialised press and an international website called theverb! This online media is an environment newswire service focusing in particular on the UNFCCC process, with writers from all over the world.

UIC has already been in contact with several specialised press partners: Eurailmag, Jura, RZD Partner International, Think Railways and Railway Gazette. In addition to the national and local partnerships created by our members directly involved in the campaign, these partnerships will cover a large part of Europe and Asia.

For more information on this campaign or if you would like to publish information about the campaign internally or externally in dedicated newsletters or board magazines, etc. please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Event Coordinator: philippe at uic.org

Follow us on Twitter @trainCOP21 and on Instagram @traintocop21

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Announcement of 10th UIC Noise Workshop

UIC is happy to announce the 10th edition of its annual Noise Workshop to be held in Paris on 15 March 2016. The event will focus on initiatives at European level for the reduction of rail freight noise: topics will include the forthcoming Communication by the European Commission on Rail Freight Noise, track maintenance for noise control, national developments and the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation.

As in previous years high level officers and other key stakeholders will present these topics and answer questions.

Already confirmed speakers are:

  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General International Union of Railways
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railways
  • Stephen Stansfeld, Professor of Psychiatry Queen Mary University London & Chair of the working group for the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region
  • Marco Paviotti, Policy Officer DG ENV
  • Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV

Railway Noise Control has always been an environmental concern for railways. In October 2005, the first workshop was organised as a platform to present the technical progress of the noise action plan of UIC/UIP/CER and to discuss the implications of implementing the Environment Noise Directive (2002/49). Since then the annual Noise Workshop has been organized around a specific noise question.

The Noise Workshop is free of charge. Secure you seat now by registering at the following link: http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3434

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven at uic.org

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Announcement of the 8th UIC Railway Noise Workshop

The UIC promotes silent railways through effective noise management in context of sustainable development. With the conclusion of the EuropeTrain project, 2013 is a particularly important year. This workshop will bring together all the major stakeholders to discuss the latest developments and next steps.

The topics covered will include both regulation at European level (NDTAC, Noise TSI, Environmental Noise Directive revision, the Swiss ban of cast iron brake blocks) and the latest technical developments (EuropeTrain, RIVAS, AcouTrain, StarDamp).

Please register here:

http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article3030

For further information please contact Nick Craven: Nicholas.Craven at networkrail.o.uk

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Announcing new members to the U.N Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST)

The Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport gathered in the margins of the Paris climate change meeting to highlight the critical role that sustainable transport will play in addressing the climate crisis. The Group asserted that through innovation – in operations and policy as well as in technology – the transport sector can lower emissions while ensuring access to markets, services and social interaction for people in all parts of the world.

“I am confident that my Advisory Group will make sure that transport is part of the solution to the climate crisis,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The agreement in Paris will change the world only when it is implemented, and transport – which currently is responsible for nearly a quarter of fossil-fuel greenhouse gas emissions – will be essential to this implementation.”

The Advisory Group, which includes leaders from the public and private sectors and which represents all modes of transport, met on 7 and 8 December with the Secretary-General and later with government representatives and other stakeholders to communicate the importance of including transport in all climate solutions. The Group pledged its support to a successful outcome in Paris.

“The problem of climate change is severe, and we need a large-scale shift in transport – in large cities, in rural areas, all around the world,” said Mayor Carolina Toha, co-chair of the Advisory Group. “By strengthening the links between the modes of transport, and keeping people’s need for access at the centre of our thinking, we will make real progress.”

Mr Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group and co-chair of the Advisory Group, emphasised that transport of freight and passengers has the potential to drive progress on climate change and to advance sustainable development. “Transport can build prosperity in the broadest sense, enhancing the quality of life for all while protecting the environment and fighting climate change,” said Mr Lundstedt. “We need bold innovation and a true partnership among governments, civil society and the private sector. This Group embodies this partnership and we are committed to concrete, actionable change.”

The Advisory Group was established for a period of three years and is expected to provide policy recommendations on sustainable transport actionable at the global, national, local and sector levels, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in development strategies and policies, including in climate action.

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Ban Ki-moon: “The world is expecting more from you than half-measures”

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“The clock is ticking towards climate catastrophe,” warned the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at the opening of the High-Level Segment on Monday, 7 December.

“The world is expecting more from you than half-measures,” he told the delegates in the plenary room “La Seine”, calling on the countries to agree to their commitments being reviewed every five years, starting even before 2020, the year when the future agreement will enter into force. “Current ambition must be the floor not the ceiling for our common efforts. That means the agreement should include regular, five-year cycles, beginning before 2020, for governments to review and strengthen their commitments according to what science tells us.”

“The decisions you make here [in Paris] will reverberate down through the ages,” said the UN Secretary-General. In this agreement, “the private sector needs a clear signal that the low-emissions transformation of the global economy is inevitable, mutually beneficial and already under way,” he added. He then highlighted that “developed countries must agree to lead, and developing countries need to assume increasing responsibility in line with their capabilities.”

“Outside these negotiating halls, there is a rising global tide of support for a strong, universal agreement,” continued Ban Ki-moon. “All of us have a […] duty to heed those voices.”

(Source: AFP)

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Be a Sustainability champion! – Applications until September 12 2016

Introduced at the 10th UIC Sustainability Conference in London in 2008 and following the success of previous editions, the first day of the UIC Sustainability Conference in Vienna will allow UIC members to highlight recent achievements in the field of railway sustainability.

This session will take the form of a world tour of railways, with each speaker given 3 minutes and one slide to describe the impact on environmental, social and economic sustainability.

During the last edition in Venice in 2012, awards were given in four categories to the following participants: Sustainable Mobility award to TRENITALIA, Energy and CO2 award to Eress Partnership, Sustainable Land Use award to ÖBB Green Paper and the Jury’s Special Prize on Energy Efficiency to Indian Railways.

This is a unique opportunity to illustrate the commitment of your company to sustainability issues and to share best practice with a global audience to show the important efforts of the rail sector to enhance its sustainability performance.
To be a Sustainability Champion and reserve your time on stage please complete your application on the website http://uic-environment.org before 12 September 2016.

You can register – free of charge – for the conference here.

Website: http://uic-environment.org

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit: craven at uic.org

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Building and running a resilient railway: UIC RailAdapt project

RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements such as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world’s governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experiences and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services.

The themes of the workshop aim to include:

  • Weather resilience experiences
  • Challenges of coastal operation
  • Challenges of highland operation
  • Micro-climate impacts
  • Rolling stock resilience
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Bridges and earthworks
  • Asset vulnerabilities
  • Freight operations issues
  • Urban and suburban rail
  • Multi-modal challenges
  • Economics
  • Investment planning
  • Policy priorities
  • Future climate information
  • National and international policy
  • Safety and resilient operations
  • Future expectations of service
  • Best practice approaches
  • Other topics on rail resilience, natural hazards and future climate

Programme and call for abstracts
Each day will have a plenary session, containing a keynote speaker and up to four other speakers, followed by three parallel themed discussion sessions in which up to three further speakers will be invited. Poster presentations will also be available in each of the themed discussion sessions and during the coffee and lunch breaks.
Abstracts of up to 300 words are now invited on any of the topics of the workshop, from which speakers and posters will be selected for the various sessions. Please submit your title and abstract through the UIC website.

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 8 May
Notification of acceptance: 29 May
Workshop: 19 – 20 June

Registration and call for abstracts
Do not hesitate to register and submit your call for abstracts here http://events.uic.org/railadapt-workshop-beijing

Please know that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

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Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

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Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

]

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: https://bit.ly/2pTxt6n for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact Environnement2 at uic.org

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Carole Escolan replaces Nick Craven as new Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit

Carole Escolan joined UIC on 6 November to replace Nick Craven as the head of the Sustainable Development Unit.

After a Master’s degree in international purchasing, she gained 12-years’ experience in the field of industrial purchasing: first at Bombardier Aerospace in Quebec for two years, then at SNCF in France, in particular as a Manager.

In 2010, further to an inspiring experience in sustainable purchasing, and convinced that professional skills should serve some more global issues, she decided to complete a new Master’s degree in the field of sustainable development and to make a career change to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Since then, she has acquired a strong expertise in that particular field. In particular, she has been in charge of the annual CSR Reporting and non-financial ratings for SNCF group.

This enabled her to develop solid experience in project management and network leadership.

Aged 46 and a mother of two teenagers, Carole Escolan is committed to moving her projects forward in a constructive way. She is now proud to meet the challenge to promote sustainable mobility and environmental issues to UIC members.

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Cleaner Diesel Vehicles soon running on European Tracks

Yesterday the European rail research project CleanER-D (Clean European Rail-Diesel) held its midterm conference, bringing about a lively discussion among engine and rolling stock manufacturers as well as operators on expected results after 2 years of cross-sector collaboration in the consortium.

The conference was jointly hosted by the project coordinator UNIFE, the European Rail Industry and the International Union of Railways (UIC) together with 23 CleanER-D partners. CleanER-D is a project partly funded by the European Commission to develop, improve and integrate emissions reduction technologies for diesel locomotives and rail vehicles.

Diesel propulsion will still play an important role on the European rail network as a large part thereof is still not electrified, and it retains a major role in rail freight transport.

Although the level of development of rail network differs starkly from country to country, train operating companies still depend on diesel traction across the whole European continent. In order to take Diesel propulsion into the future of European transport, the CleanER-D consortium made considerable progress towards complying with the challenging emission limits set by the European Commission.

The speakers of the demonstration projects presented their approach to complying with the emission levels below the limits established by the new European Directive 2004/26/ EC by the refurbishment of existing rolling stock and development of a new locomotive. The possibilities to refurbish existing locomotive or diesel multiple unit fleets in order to reduce the costs for procurement of new vehicles were outlined.

In addition to that, focus was on the evaluation of innovative and hybrid solutions for the best possible contribution to reductions in CO2 and pollutant emissions. The sustainability study covering diesel performance and emission represents a mid-term success of CleanER-D. The European Commission contributed their vision on sustainable products and future emission limits to be expected in the Non Road Mobile Machinery Directive (NRMM) and set a clear framework and leitmotif for future R&D activities in this field.

The day concluded with an outlook on the next steps within the CleanER-D project including the refurbishment of a Czech DMU railcar, a German main line locomotive and the roll out of a new main line locomotive from Spain.

CleanER-D has proven that Diesel propulsion fulfils the new exhaust gas limits and that freight and passenger services hauled by Diesel can be very innovative and state-of-the-art technology.

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CleanER-D Sustainability and Innovation workshop held successfully in Turin, 5 June 2013

As part of the dissemination activities led by UIC within the EU FP7 co-funded collaborative R&D CleanER-D project, the Sustainability and Innovation Workshop was held on 5 June 2013 in the city of Turin on the premises of the former FIAT Lingotto factory, an extraordinary 1920s industrial heritage building. The largest car factory of its time, with its rooftop test track, hosted the CleanER-D workshop remarkably well, acknowledging the importance of engines throughout the history of transport.

And indeed, this thought-stimulating venue gave rise to very fruitful presentations and discussions during the day.

Opened by Judit Sandor (UNIFE), Technical Coordinator of the project, and moderated by Isabelle De Keyzer (UIC), the workshop started with a comprehensive presentation of how in practice it is possible to provide Stage IIIB compliant rail diesel vehicles. This first panel session explained the results of the demonstration subprojects, i.e. Heavy Haul and Light Weight, and LCC models used in the project. Their purpose was to bring CO2, NOx and PM emissions below the limits established by the Non Road Mobile Machinery Directive (2004/26/ EC), by refurbishing an existing locomotive and integrating a stage IIIB compliant engine into a new locomotive.

After this introduction, the next panel sessions presented in a clear and very interactive way the findings derived from the work of the three scientific Sub-projects, namely: Emerging Technologies, Hybrid Solutions and Sustainability and Integration. The preliminary results demonstrate that substantial reductions of NOx and PM emissions for the European Diesel fleet from 2008 – 2020 have been achieved already and further significant reductions are expected until 2020 (minus 30 % NOx and minus 40% PM).

Beyond this reduction a further emissions reduction of rail diesel vehicles is possible with existing technologies as well as hybrid solutions, but the main factor for a further emissions reduction is to accelerate the market uptake of IIIA and IIIB compliant rail diesel vehicles into the fleet, as all scenarios still suggest a high percentage of UIC II and older engines in 2020.

CleanER-D has thus proven that diesel propulsion will fulfil stage IIIB exhaust gas limits and that freight and passenger services hauled by diesel propulsion can be very efficient as well as innovative.

Given the intense exchange and interest expressed by participants, the consortium considers this workshop as a perfect introduction to the final conference of the CleanER-D project on 20 November in Brussels where the final results and recommendations derived from the work achieved will be presented.

We are therefore inviting you to save the date of 20 November 2013 for the CleanER-D final conference in Brussels and to follow us on our website: http://www.cleaner-d.eu

For further information please contact judit.sandor at unife.org or dekeyzer at uic.org

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Climate Chance 2018 Report

This first report of the Global Observatory of Non-State Climate Action builds on existing knowledge, by bringing together nearly 1000 references from global reports of think tanks, NGOs and IGOs, databases, scientific literature and specialist press.

What is it about?

Unique in its importance, this report highlights the impressive swarm of initiatives around the world. It crosses public policies and non-state actions within the main emission sectors (Book 1), focuses specifically on territorial action (Book 2) and new financial tools (Book 3). It is based on available data and studies in order to better understand recent trends in greenhouse gas emissions, which is a necessary step if we want to give credibility to scenarios of stabilisation of global warming.

The report is divided into three thematic books:

  • Sector-based action
  • Mobilisation of the local and subnational governments
  • Bringing finance on board – report on climate action in the financial sector

The sector-based report contains a chapter on rail titled Greenhouse gas emissions: a decisive asset for rail? This chapter assembles data collected among others, by UIC and IEA.

To learn more, consult this webpage.
https://www.climate-chance.org/en/observatory-of-action/annual-reports/
Source for the article: www.climate-chance.org

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development and UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Climate Chance Summit to be held from 28 – 29 June 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The Climate Chance Association and the Assembly of Regions and Districts of Ivory Coast (ARDCI) are co-organising a regional Summit dedicated to Climate Action in Africa: the Climate Chance Summit Africa 2018, which will be held from 28 – 29 June 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

During a meeting in Abidjan of a steering committee convening organisers and partners, the Summit was officially announced by Ronan Dantec, French Senator and president of the Climate Chance Association, and Vincent Kouaoh N’cho, Deputy Governor of the District of Abidjan, representing Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio, Former Prime Minister, President of the ARDCI.

The event aims to convene a broad gathering of non-state actors from all over Africa (local governments, companies, NGOs, unions, youth organisations, indigenous peoples, women, the scientific community, etc.), key groups of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) committed to combating climate change as well as their associated networks.

This summit aims to share and support action geared towards fighting climate change in Africa, through actor coalitions brought together in 10 thematic workshops which will highlight good practices (exemplary and inspirational climate action projects) and define sectoral and operational roadmaps adapted to the context in African territories.

More information about the summit will follow shortly (registration, programme etc.)

For further information please email: atmobilisation at climate-chance.org

Contact at UIC: Maria Lafont, Senior Advisor – Finance Projects &
African Region, lafont at uic.org

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Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30-10:00 Keynote Plenary
Mr Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
Mr Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
Mrs Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:00-12:30 Round Table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken
10:00 Mr Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
10:30 Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
11:00 Mr Thomas Möhring Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Mrs Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
11:30 Mr Paul Hegge Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:00 Q&A with the audience
12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:30 Round Table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality
14:00 Mr Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies, Russian Railways (RZD) (TBC)
14:30 Mr Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:00 Representative from Hamburg

16:00 Q&A with the audience
16:30 Conclusions
16:45-17:30 Networking drinks reception

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

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Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

Moderator: Simon Fletcher, UIC Coordinator Europe

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, UIC Director General

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40-11:10 Networking coffee break

11:10-13:10 Round Table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken
11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
12:05 Thomas Möhring Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
12:30 Paul Hegge Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”

12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round Table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality
14:15 Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies, Russian Railways (RZD) (TBC)
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 TBC

15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne

16:30-17:15 Networking drinks reception

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

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Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of Rome City Council
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-11:00 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
10:00 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:20 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:40 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

11:00 – 11:15 – Networking Coffee Break

11:15-13:15 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome
15:05 Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy, CER
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

Networking Coffee Break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-11:00 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
10:00 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:20 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:40 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

11:00 – 11:15 – Networking Coffee Break

11:15-13:15 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome
15:05 Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy, CER
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

Networking Coffee Break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of Rome City Council
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC
Networking coffee break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, UIC Director General

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40-11:10 Networking coffee break

11:10-13:10 Round Table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken
11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”

12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round Table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality
14:15 Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies, Russian Railways, RZD (TBC)
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 TBC

15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne

16:30-17:15 Networking drinks reception

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-11:00 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
10:00 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:20 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:40 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

11:00 – 11:15 – Networking Coffee Break

11:15-13:15 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome
15:05 Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy, CER
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

Networking Coffee Break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of Rome City Council
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC
Networking coffee break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, UIC Director General

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40-11:10 Networking coffee break

11:10-13:10 Round Table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken
11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”

12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round Table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality
14:15 Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies, Russian Railways, RZD (TBC)
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 TBC

15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne

16:30-17:15 Networking drinks reception

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-11:00 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
10:00 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:20 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:40 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

11:00 – 11:15 – Networking Coffee Break

11:15-13:15 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome
15:05 Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy, CER
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

Networking Coffee Break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of Rome City Council
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC
Networking coffee break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, UIC Director General

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40-11:10 Networking coffee break

11:10-13:10 Round Table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken
11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”

12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round Table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality
14:15 Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies, Russian Railways, RZD (TBC)
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 TBC

15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne

16:30-17:15 Networking drinks reception

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-11:00 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
10:00 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:20 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:40 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

11:00 – 11:15 – Networking Coffee Break

11:15-13:15 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF)
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail)
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome
15:05 Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy, CER
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

Networking Coffee Break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of Rome City Council
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC
Networking coffee break

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

As evidenced by the recent forest fires in Australia, climate is still an issue that needs to be addressed. At EU level, plans to tackle this issue have taken the form of measures recently set out in the Green Deal Investment Plan. At international level, the Climate Change Conference in Madrid made it clear to everyone that although discussion matters, more needs to be done and that the time has come to act.
The railway sector is currently considering ways to solve this issue through innovative solutions.

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.
Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40 – 11:10 – Networking Coffee Break

11:10-13:10 Round table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken

11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”
12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality

14:15 Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division, Fret SNCF
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie
15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne, Director General of UIC

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

See the full article

Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/low-carbon-mobility-making-modal-shift-desirable

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

Programme

09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 Opening
François Davenne, UIC Director General

09:40-10:40 Keynote Speakers
09:40 Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP
10:00 Bernard Soulage, Expert in Urban Planning
10:20 Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

10:40-11:10 Networking coffee break

11:10-13:10 Round Table 1
Moving towards low carbon mobility: the initiatives already taken
11:10 Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East
11:35 Mohamed Rabie Khlie Director General of Moroccan Railways, ONCF
12:05 Thomas Möhring Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema, ProRail
12:30 Paul Hegge Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”

12:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:10-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-16:15 Round Table 2
How to make modal shift desirable: Rediscovering the virtue of frugality
14:15 Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies, Russian Railways, RZD (TBC)
14:40 Pietro Calabrese, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, Rome
15:05 Representative from Hamburg
15:30 TBC

15:55 Discussion and Q&A with the audience

16:20 Conclusions and closing
François Davenne

16:30-17:15 Networking drinks reception

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

mouchel at uic.org

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COP21 at Le Bourget: UIC participated in Fer de France morning debates

During the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 30 November to 11 December, Fer de France is organising a series of morning debates in the Solutions Gallery exploring the main issues of public and rail transport on energy transition:

  • By inviting international opinion leaders to speak at the event
  • To outline what they see as the challenges ahead
  • To generate a response from chairpersons in the rail sector

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, participated in a 27 minute debate on 3 December to discuss the theme: Is public transport still necessary in the age of smart cities and connected mobility?

Invited speakers were also Pierre Guislain, Senior Director, Transport and ICT GP at the World Bank and Elisabeth Borne, Chairperson of the RATP.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux particularly highlighted the importance of the management of interfaces, between intra-modality and inter-modality, as the key of Sustainable Development.

You can watch this debate at: http://www.dailymotion.com/ferdefrance

About Fer de France: Fer de France is the inter-branch association of French railways, created in 2012, which aims to bring together all the players in the French railway sector: the transport authorities (GART and ARF), the State, the operators (UTP, SNCF, RATP), the infrastructure managers (SNCF-Réseau, Eurotunnel), the supply industry and engineering companies (Syntec Ingénierie). The association aims to facilitate and to optimise the reflection of the professionals of the French rail sector, to enable actions for economic development, valuation and promotion of the sector. The aim is to increase the capacity and efficiency of the French rail sector and to promote it to domestic and international markets.

www.ferdefrance.com

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EcoPassenger calculator widget now available for implementation on other websites

From this week, the recently re-launched version of the EcoPassenger tool contains the possibility to implement a widget on other websites. This tool is currently available in four different languages: English, French, German and Spanish. The new functionality allows UIC pages and rail members to include a basic form of the tool to perform calculations for their clients and web visitors.

This new functionality allows the tool to be included in other websites, extending the possibilities to perform calculations with EcoPassenger, showing the relevancy of the personal choices on energy consumption, carbon emissions and local air pollution.
The addresses required to implement the widgets, depending on the language, can be extracted from the four following websites:

In addition, the new version of EcoPassenger has improved usability for smart phones and tablets with a new mobile version completely compatible with all the operative systems.

UIC invites you to check the emissions of your journeys at www.Ecopassenger.org

For further information please contact Aymeric Boniou, Webmaster: boniou at uic.org

UIC Communications Department: com at uic.org

Or Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2: castanares at uic.org

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Ecoscoring at the service of UIC members and their contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

The UIC Ecoscoring project was kicked off in January 2019 at the joint requests of UIC Chairman and the UIC General Management with the overarching aim of providing the UIC members with a supportive tool not only to measure rail’s overall progress in environmental, societal and governance performances, but also to enable UIC member companies to do the same, by producing a simple dashboard with benchmarks next to best practice to ensure the trends (at company and sector levels) are evolving towards improvement of rail’s overall ESG performances to enable the much needed shift towards a greener economy.

UIC has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a widely accepted standard

To produce the progress reports, a decision was made to base the tool on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership and are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Ecoscoring will be beneficial for railway companies

Even though it is well known that rail’s performance is good in terms of environmental footprint and energy efficiency, by gathering the measured results on a synoptic dashboard, UIC’s Ecoscoring will help railways in a simple, yet robust way to show the sector performance against the SDGs. Individual companies will thus be able to take advantage of other UIC members experience and good practice in order to improve their own contribution to the SDGs over time.

June 2020 achievements: Rail-relevant KPIs selected to produce progress report

The tool will process aggregated data recorded by UIC members on the one hand, and KPIs already collected in the various UIC databases on the other, in order to produce a sector progress report. The KPIs used in the tool were selected after consultation of experts and circulation among the UIC members and have been adjusted in order to accurately meet the specificities of all activities of the rail sector while at the same time demonstrating the sector’s and individual companies’ contribution to the achievement of the selected rail-relevant SDGs and corresponding targets.

Ecoscoring will help railway projects access green funding opportunities

As SDGs have become the world standard on achieving sustainability at all levels of society, this tool is designed to become a sector standard to communicate on rail’s sustainability and as a result, to help improving rail’s access to green funding opportunities.

If your company – be it an Operator, Infrastructure Manager, Stations Manager or a Rolling Stock Maintenance company – is willing to make a difference for rail in using Ecoscoring and taking part in a UIC flagship project, feel free to contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

See the full article

Ecoscoring at the service of UIC members and their contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

The UIC Ecoscoring project was kicked off in January 2019 at the joint requests of UIC Chairman and the UIC General Management with the overarching aim of providing the UIC members with a supportive tool not only to measure rail’s overall progress in environmental, societal and governance performances, but also to enable UIC member companies to do the same, by producing a simple dashboard with benchmarks next to best practice to ensure the trends (at company and sector levels) are evolving towards improvement of rail’s overall ESG performances to enable the much needed shift towards a greener economy.

UIC has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a widely accepted standard

To produce the progress reports, a decision was made to base the tool on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership and are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Ecoscoring will be beneficial for railway companies

Even though it is well known that rail’s performance is good in terms of environmental footprint and energy efficiency, by gathering the measured results on a synoptic dashboard, UIC’s Ecoscoring will help railways in a simple, yet robust way to show the sector performance against the SDGs. Individual companies will thus be able to take advantage of other UIC members experience and good practice in order to improve their own contribution to the SDGs over time.

June 2020 achievements: Rail-relevant KPIs selected to produce progress report

The tool will process aggregated data recorded by UIC members on the one hand, and KPIs already collected in the various UIC databases on the other, in order to produce a sector progress report. The KPIs used in the tool were selected after consultation of experts and circulation among the UIC members and have been adjusted in order to accurately meet the specificities of all activities of the rail sector while at the same time demonstrating the sector’s and individual companies’ contribution to the achievement of the selected rail-relevant SDGs and corresponding targets.

Ecoscoring will help railway projects access green funding opportunities

As SDGs have become the world standard on achieving sustainability at all levels of society, this tool is designed to become a sector standard to communicate on rail’s sustainability and as a result, to help improving rail’s access to green funding opportunities.

If your company – be it an Operator, Infrastructure Manager, Stations Manager or a Rolling Stock Maintenance company – is willing to make a difference for rail in using Ecoscoring and taking part in a UIC flagship project, feel free to contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

See the full article

Ecoscoring at the service of UIC members and their contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

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The UIC Ecoscoring project was kicked off in January 2019 at the joint requests of UIC Chairman and the UIC General Management with the overarching aim of providing the UIC members with a supportive tool not only to measure rail’s overall progress in environmental, societal and governance performances, but also to enable UIC member companies to do the same, by producing a simple dashboard with benchmarks next to best practice to ensure the trends (at company and sector levels) are evolving towards improvement of rail’s overall ESG performances to enable the much needed shift towards a greener economy.

UIC has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a widely accepted standard

To produce the progress reports, a decision was made to base the tool on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership and are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Ecoscoring will be beneficial for railway companies

Even though it is well known that rail’s performance is good in terms of environmental footprint and energy efficiency, by gathering the measured results on a synoptic dashboard, UIC’s Ecoscoring will help railways in a simple, yet robust way to show the sector performance against the SDGs. Individual companies will thus be able to take advantage of other UIC members experience and good practice in order to improve their own contribution to the SDGs over time.

June 2020 achievements: Rail-relevant KPIs selected to produce progress report

The tool will process aggregated data recorded by UIC members on the one hand, and KPIs already collected in the various UIC databases on the other, in order to produce a sector progress report. The KPIs used in the tool were selected after consultation of experts and circulation among the UIC members and have been adjusted in order to accurately meet the specificities of all activities of the rail sector while at the same time demonstrating the sector’s and individual companies’ contribution to the achievement of the selected rail-relevant SDGs and corresponding targets.

Ecoscoring will help railway projects access green funding opportunities

As SDGs have become the world standard on achieving sustainability at all levels of society, this tool is designed to become a sector standard to communicate on rail’s sustainability and as a result, to help improving rail’s access to green funding opportunities.

If your company – be it an Operator, Infrastructure Manager, Stations Manager or a Rolling Stock Maintenance company – is willing to make a difference for rail in using Ecoscoring and taking part in a UIC flagship project, feel free to contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

See the full article

Ecoscoring at the service of UIC members and their contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

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The UIC Ecoscoring project was kicked off in January 2019 at the joint requests of UIC Chairman and the UIC General Management with the overarching aim of providing the UIC members with a supportive tool not only to measure rail’s overall progress in environmental, societal and governance performances, but also to enable UIC member companies to do the same, by producing a simple dashboard with benchmarks next to best practice to ensure the trends (at company and sector levels) are evolving towards improvement of rail’s overall ESG performances to enable the much needed shift towards a greener economy.

UIC has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a widely accepted standard

To produce the progress reports, a decision was made to base the tool on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership and are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Ecoscoring will be beneficial for railway companies

Even though it is well known that rail’s performance is good in terms of environmental footprint and energy efficiency, by gathering the measured results on a synoptic dashboard, UIC’s Ecoscoring will help railways in a simple, yet robust way to show the sector performance against the SDGs. Individual companies will thus be able to take advantage of other UIC members experience and good practice in order to improve their own contribution to the SDGs over time.

June 2020 achievements: Rail-relevant KPIs selected to produce progress report

The tool will process aggregated data recorded by UIC members on the one hand, and KPIs already collected in the various UIC databases on the other, in order to produce a sector progress report. The KPIs used in the tool were selected after consultation of experts and circulation among the UIC members and have been adjusted in order to accurately meet the specificities of all activities of the rail sector while at the same time demonstrating the sector’s and individual companies’ contribution to the achievement of the selected rail-relevant SDGs and corresponding targets.

Ecoscoring will help railway projects access green funding opportunities

As SDGs have become the world standard on achieving sustainability at all levels of society, this tool is designed to become a sector standard to communicate on rail’s sustainability and as a result, to help improving rail’s access to green funding opportunities.

If your company – be it an Operator, Infrastructure Manager, Stations Manager or a Rolling Stock Maintenance company – is willing to make a difference for rail in using Ecoscoring and taking part in a UIC flagship project, feel free to contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

See the full article

Ecoscoring at the service of UIC members and their contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

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The UIC Ecoscoring project was kicked off in January 2019 at the joint requests of UIC Chairman and the UIC General Management with the overarching aim of providing the UIC members with a supportive tool not only to measure rail’s overall progress in environmental, societal and governance performances, but also to enable UIC member companies to do the same, by producing a simple dashboard with benchmarks next to best practice to ensure the trends (at company and sector levels) are evolving towards improvement of rail’s overall ESG performances to enable the much needed shift towards a greener economy.

UIC has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a widely accepted standard

To produce the progress reports, a decision was made to base the tool on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership and are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Ecoscoring will be beneficial for railway companies

Even though it is well known that rail’s performance is good in terms of environmental footprint and energy efficiency, by gathering the measured results on a synoptic dashboard, UIC’s Ecoscoring will help railways in a simple, yet robust way to show the sector performance against the SDGs. Individual companies will thus be able to take advantage of other UIC members experience and good practice in order to improve their own contribution to the SDGs over time.

June 2020 achievements: Rail-relevant KPIs selected to produce progress report

The tool will process aggregated data recorded by UIC members on the one hand, and KPIs already collected in the various UIC databases on the other, in order to produce a sector progress report. The KPIs used in the tool were selected after consultation of experts and circulation among the UIC members and have been adjusted in order to accurately meet the specificities of all activities of the rail sector while at the same time demonstrating the sector’s and individual companies’ contribution to the achievement of the selected rail-relevant SDGs and corresponding targets.

Ecoscoring will help railway projects access green funding opportunities

As SDGs have become the world standard on achieving sustainability at all levels of society, this tool is designed to become a sector standard to communicate on rail’s sustainability and as a result, to help improving rail’s access to green funding opportunities.

If your company – be it an Operator, Infrastructure Manager, Stations Manager or a Rolling Stock Maintenance company – is willing to make a difference for rail in using Ecoscoring and taking part in a UIC flagship project, feel free to contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

See the full article

Ecoscoring at the service of UIC members and their contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

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The UIC Ecoscoring project was kicked off in January 2019 at the joint requests of UIC Chairman and the UIC General Management with the overarching aim of providing the UIC members with a supportive tool not only to measure rail’s overall progress in environmental, societal and governance performances, but also to enable UIC member companies to do the same, by producing a simple dashboard with benchmarks next to best practice to ensure the trends (at company and sector levels) are evolving towards improvement of rail’s overall ESG performances to enable the much needed shift towards a greener economy.

UIC has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a widely accepted standard

To produce the progress reports, a decision was made to base the tool on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership and are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Ecoscoring will be beneficial for railway companies

Even though it is well known that rail’s performance is good in terms of environmental footprint and energy efficiency, by gathering the measured results on a synoptic dashboard, UIC’s Ecoscoring will help railways in a simple, yet robust way to show the sector performance against the SDGs. Individual companies will thus be able to take advantage of other UIC members experience and good practice in order to improve their own contribution to the SDGs over time.

June 2020 achievements: Rail-relevant KPIs selected to produce progress report

The tool will process aggregated data recorded by UIC members on the one hand, and KPIs already collected in the various UIC databases on the other, in order to produce a sector progress report. The KPIs used in the tool were selected after consultation of experts and circulation among the UIC members and have been adjusted in order to accurately meet the specificities of all activities of the rail sector while at the same time demonstrating the sector’s and individual companies’ contribution to the achievement of the selected rail-relevant SDGs and corresponding targets.

Ecoscoring will help railway projects access green funding opportunities

As SDGs have become the world standard on achieving sustainability at all levels of society, this tool is designed to become a sector standard to communicate on rail’s sustainability and as a result, to help improving rail’s access to green funding opportunities.

If your company – be it an Operator, Infrastructure Manager, Stations Manager or a Rolling Stock Maintenance company – is willing to make a difference for rail in using Ecoscoring and taking part in a UIC flagship project, feel free to contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

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EES Core Group meeting (Berlin, 14 September 2011)

The Core Group of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability (EES) Platform, chaired by Joachim Kettner, Head of Environment at Deutsche Bahn, met at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bahn in Berlin. The group provides strategic guidance to the EES platform, reviewing progress on projects and budgets, and also provides a link between UIC environmental research activities and CER lobbying actions in Brussels.

The meeting on 14 September focused on the results of the Opt-In process so far and planning for staff and project resources in 2012. The group also discussed the work of the several Expert Networks that make up the EES platform (Energy & CO2, Noise, Emissions and Sustainable Mobility) and agreed plans for the next Platform meeting on 11 October 2012.

The Group also provided feedback on the proposals for UIC activity at the Rio+20 summit in June 2012 and the next UIC Sustainability Conference planned for October 2012.

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Election of François Davenne as Board Member of the SLoCat Partnership

In July 2019, the members of the SLoCaT Partnership and the supporters of the SLoCaT Foundation elected a new cohort of Board Members to serve for the next three years.

The new SLoCaT Board brings together a diverse group of experts in terms of geographical representation and wide-range of experience from transport, energy, and cities sectors. François Davenne is one of the new members elected. He succeeds Jean-Pierre Loubinoux who was previously Member of the Board. SLoCat helps UIC to represent rail at international level, and particularly at conferences on climate change (COP).

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leveraging action in support of the implementation of the global policies. SLoCaT consists of a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organisations, which is supported by the SLoCaT Foundation.

The SLoCaT Partnership on Sustainable Transport is a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organisations (representing UN organisations, multilateral and bilateral development organisations, NGOs and foundations, academies and the business sector).

The thematic scope of the Partnership is land transport in developing countries, including freight and passenger transport. Both motorised and non-motorised transport are included. The policies proposed by SLoCaT are universal but the geographical scope of the Partnership is mainly for developing countries. The Partnership’s current focus is Asia, Latin America and Africa.

(Source: SLoCaT)

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Energy Efficiencies and Carbon Strategies at the railway fair EXPO 2015

The 5th International Fair of Railway Equipment and Technologies EXPO 1520 was held from 2 – 5 September at the Experimental Ring of JSC Russian Railway Research Institute (VNIIZhT) in Shcherbinka, Moscow.

EXPO 1520 is a biennial show featuring an exhibition and a bespoke conference which explores all major aspects of rolling stock manufacturing and operation. The railway fair features the latest developments in railway equipment, technology, infrastructure, services and logistics. EXPO 1520 brings together all major stakeholders namely manufacturers, users, suppliers and regulating bodies. It is the only international rolling stock exhibition in the 1520 gauge wide track space.

The highest standards of organisation, the active participation of international companies, and the event’s dimension and a unique position in the 1520 space all ensured that the railway fair was attended by senior level government officials, heads of relevant ministries and executives of leading European companies as honorary guests and delegates.

The exhibition showcased the all-new rolling stock and railway equipment produced in Russia, CIS and EU. Live presentations of locomotives and railway cars make EXPO 1520 a unique place enabling manufacturers to spotlight their rolling stock in front of the users, experts and media. There was also the Dynamic Exposition parade of railway equipment. The 3000-plus visitors were able to see more than 20 full-scale models of rail stock equipment in action.

One of the most relevant train models presented in the parade was the compressed natural gas locomotive GT1h-002. This locomotive has no analogues in the world running on compressed natural gas, a fuel that meets the highest world environmental standards. The GT1h-002 not only makes for improved traction, but also reduced consumption of power and diesel fuel and lower levels of harmful emissions.

In this context, on 3 September, Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor in Energy and CO2, presented the experience of the energy data collection and sustainability reporting at UIC during the round table organised by RZD: “Environment Protection, Power Efficiency and Energy”. The round table, moderated by Boris Ivanov, first Deputy Head of the Department of Technical Policy of RZD, included the presentations of 10 participants from different fields connected to environment and sustainability in rail.

During this round table, UIC highlighted the relevancy of the Environmental Strategy Reporting System, introducing the latest performance of RZD and the European rail sector, presenting the strategy and targets for middle and long term, and the next “Train To Paris” campaign to show our main stakeholders the advantages of railways in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability and the low carbon advantages of modal shift to rail.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández castanares at uic.org

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Energy Efficiency and CO2 Experts Network

The UIC Energy Expert Network provides strategy, guidance and leadership across the work of UIC and the rail sector in general for UIC members with respect to projects and issues related to energy efficiency and renewable energy in the railway sector. It also provides a forum to share good practice. It consults or advises on energy-efficiency related UIC projects led by other platforms and working groups and provides expert positions on current issues at the request of UIC (e.g. pending legislation, media inquiries).

The UIC Energy Expert Network deals with all aspects of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions. Through the various projects it runs and its advisory role, the UIC Energy Expert Network also responds to the need for increased energy efficient rolling stock and railway equipment. It reviews and assesses the various technological solutions and international regulations to achieve the goals of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction in order to ensure rail transport keeps its “label” of most environmentally-friendly transport mode.

Meetings and workshops to promote good practice and achieve energy efficiency and reduce emissions

In 2017 the Network met three times in March, June and October. As part of the opt-in projects it conducts, the Network held two of the so-called “Energy Efficiency workshops”. The first was held in March 2017 on the “Connected Driver Advisory System (C-DAS)” and the second in October on the “Energy Efficiency of Future Trains”. Both events were well attended and gave rise to interesting exchanges between audience and speakers.

The next workshop on Energy Efficient timetabling will be held in Brussels on 20 February 2018. This workshop that targets all railway timetabling experts, will be an opportunity to exchange on the subject and possibly also look for good practices in other transport modes.

The Energy Efficiency Network also coordinates the following projects:

  • SFERA (Smart communication for Efficient Railway Activities) launched in early 2017. This project is aimed at standardising DAS (Driving Advisory Systems) languages for broader implementation, reduced costs and facilitating exchange of data for traffic management systems. The final outcome of the project will be the set of data that should be exchanged to optimise the functioning of the Driver Advisory Systems on-board the trains. This data will be included in an International Railway Solution (IRS).
  • Revision of UIC Leaflet 930 “Exchange of data for cross-border railway energy settlement”: The project is currently conducted as an informal Working Group to convert the current UIC Leaflet 930 to a new IRS Standard compatible with the new TSIs and the CENELEC norm. The goal of this project is not only to achieve compliance with European regulations and norms and to help Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers to improve the energy efficiency of train operations, but also the accurate exchange of energy consumption information will improve energy billing processes thus clarifying the return on investment for energy-saving measures.
  • The ESRS database is meant to monitor progress achieved by contributing railways with regards to energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • The data that are compiled in the database are powerful benchmarking tools at the service of the UIC members allowing them to assess their energy efficiency and carbon footprint. These databases are an essential component of the UIC-IEA handbook published on a yearly basis in close collaboration with IEA since 2012. The 2017 edition will be released this week.
  • Tools: Ecopassenger is an online comparator of energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the different transport modes, that can be embedded into websites or used by railway undertakings to advertise on the environmental performance of rail against other modes of transport.

New co-chairpersons

Harald Jony has been called to new duties in BLS Cargo. Therefore, the Network recently elected its new co-chair persons Chloé Lima-Vanzeler (SNCF) and Bart Van der Spiegel (Infrabel) at its meeting of 5 November in Rome. Both of them will effectively be co-chairing the Network as from January 2018.

Forthcoming Edition of Energy Efficiency Days – call for hosts

UIC intends to hold the next Energy Efficiency days in the second half of 2018. This event, consisting of plenary sessions, conferences, workshops, will showcase the latest achievements of the railway undertakings and infrastructure managers to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint while at the same time ensure a reliable, safe and environmentally friendly service to the community. The event is to be held in autumn 2018 and discussions are ongoing with possible hosts. As with previous editions, this event will offer attractive sponsorship packages.

For further information on the activities of the Energy Efficiency Network and CO2 Emissions Expert Network, please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Environment and Sustainable Development Advisor:

dekeyzer at uic.org

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Energy Efficiency Time Tabling Workshop to be held on 20 February 2018 in Brussels

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Expert Network is happy to invite you to take part in the workshop “Energy efficient time table planning” that will be held in Brussels on 20 February 2017 at Infrabel, near Brussels-Midi station.

Background

Eco-driving, eco-stabling and measuring energy consumption and savings have been at the core of our discussions and workshops over the past years.
At the earliest stage of the train production is the potential for energy savings: the timetabling step.

An efficient timetable is indeed regarded as a timetable without conflicts and with some spare time, which in real operation can be used to return to a punctual running of trains.

By avoiding conflicts and stops, the robustness of the timetable also has a significant impact on the energy consumption of the global system, as spare time can be used by Driving Advisory Systems or Automatic Train Operation to reduce energy consumption and energy costs.

The goal of this workshop is thus a first attempt to break new ground with a view to achieve greater energy efficiency by means of optimised timetabling.
If the participants confirm their interest in digging deeper into the topic, other meetings can then be organised in the future.

Workshop highlights

  • Experience from other transport modes, e.g. aviation (Ralph Luijt, NS);
  • Presentation of specific software and IT systems
  • TTG Timetabling solution (speaker tbc)
  • Applications to verify the robustness of time tables: the case of Infrabel, Frédéric Weymann, Viacom)
  • Round table confronting the experiences from Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers; (Alwin Meijerink, ProRail; Gerben Scheepmaker NS; Eric Vercauteren, Infrabel; RZD, speaker tbc);
  • Beyond the state-of-the art
  • Open discussion

To register for the workshop and get practical information, please click here:

https://events.uic.org/energy-efficient-time-tabling-workshop-20-february-2018-brussels

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor - Environment and Sustainable Development:

dekeyzer at uic.org

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Eress Forum held on 25 May 2016 in Madrid

The Eress Forum was held on 25 May 2016 in Madrid, where over 150 experts from Railway Undertakings, representatives from Infrastructure Managers, manufacturing companies, EU and national policy makers, journalists and suppliers exchanged their experiences and points of view.

This edition of the Eress Forum presented the links between energy consumption and measurements and the opening of the railway market, including the best cases in energy efficiency improvements. In addition, the forum presented the latest experiences in the implementation of energy metering systems on board (detailed programme here).

The conference was opened by Terje Stomer from Eress. Frank Jost of DG Move provided the keynote speech presenting the opening of the railways of Europe for competition. Other relevant speakers from ERA, EIM, CER, and rail companies at European level provided the latest information of ongoing projects and activities on the topic.

The morning session included a presentation on energy consumption and CO2 emissions of railways in the world by Marine Gorner from the International Energy Agency (IEA), presenting the latest data included in the IEA-UIC publication Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions (latest publication).

In the afternoon, Bart Van der Spiegel from Infrabel gave feedback on the latest activities for updating UIC leaflet 930 “Exchange of data for cross-border railway energy settlement” and the next meetings planned for 2016.

In the same panel Gabriel Castañares Hernández from UIC introduced the advantages of the standardised formats of communications for connected Driving Advisory Systems (DAS) in an open discussion for the participants and the potential advantages of the SFERA project presented at the latest Opt-In UIC process.

ERESS is a European partnership for railway energy settlement systems, integrated by Banedanmark, Infrabel, Jernbaneverket (JBV), Trafikverket, Finish Transport Agency (FTA), SBB and Vivens (Dutch railway energy procurement cooperative). Eress is a non-profit organisation, jointly owned by its partners, committed to the development, implementation and supply of the energy settlement solution called Erex.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

castanares at uic.org

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Eress Forum takes place in Amsterdam on 27 May 2015

On 27 May 2015, the Eress Forum (European Partnership for Railway Energy Settlement Systems) was held in Amsterdam, where experts from railway undertakings, representatives from infrastructure managers, manufacturers, EU and national politicians, journalists and suppliers exchanged their experiences and points of view.

This year the Eress Forum presented the links of energy consumption and measurements and the opening of the railway market, including the best cases in energy improvement facing the mid-term and the targets set by the rail sector facing the climate change policies. In addition, the forum presented the latest experiences in the implementation of on-board energy metering systems.

The conference was opened by Dyre Martin, Director of Eress and Ralph Luijt, Manager of energy and environment of NS. Elisabetta Garofalo, Policy Officer of the European Railway Unit of DG Move provided a keynote speech presenting the 4th Railway Package and the interactions with the market opening.

The first panel introduced the requirements and experiences in measuring electricity consumption. Infrastructure managers and railway undertakings presented challenges and solutions to consolidate metering systems in an open railway market.

The second panel was moderated by Raimondo Orsini, Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation, who introduced rail’s pathways to improvement facing the EU Targets for 2030. Within this frame, UIC presented the experience of the energy data collection from European railways and the principle of dual reporting was delivered by Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor of Energy and CO2.

Furthermore, the panel benefited from the speeches of Ethem Pekin of CER, presenting the new targets of the European rail sector, Harald Jony from OBB, showing best practices in European Energy Management, Valerio Recagno from D’Appolonia, explaining the innovative business model of the Merlin Project and Benoit Bienfait from Alstom, presenting the advantages of ATO systems for reducing energy consumption.

UIC highlighted the methodology and the application of the Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) collecting data from European railways and the requirements to adapt this methodology to the latest standards and trends of the energy market.

Within this framework, the ESRS adopted the conclusions of the Zero Carbon Project, implementing a new dual reporting approach according to the Guidelines of the GHG Protocol. The main objective of the implementation has been to develop a solid and common reporting methodology with a dual approach, including the national production mix and the railway mix, containing the Guarantees of Origin (GOs) purchased by many rail companies.

The Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) collects the energy consumption data of railways, providing as output the aggregated performance of the key energy and carbon indicators of European railways. ESRS is the basis to set and monitor the sustainability targets aligning the methodology of the UIC members. ESRS is the main UIC source to provide environmental information to the IEA-UIC Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions and for the online carbon footprint tools, EcoPassenger and EcoTransIT.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández castanares at uic.org

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European rail freight companies double their ambitions to fight climate change

At the Katowice climate conference on 14 December, Rail Freight Forward, a coalition of rail freight companies and federations from across Europe, committed to help save up to 290 million tons of C02 transport emissions over the next decade.

With 275 million tons of C02 emissions a year, freight transport represents almost a third of total transport emissions, passenger transport included. At an estimated growth rate of 30% by 2030, the climate impact of freight transport is expected to increase substantially over the coming years.

To avoid this increase, Rail Freight Forward aims to boost the share of rail in overall freight transport from 18% to 30% by 2030. With rail freight emitting 9 times less CO2 than road freight, this modal shift from road to rail is a crucial step to help the transport industry reach its climate targets as defined in the Paris Accord.

The signatories committed to transforming their sector and offering innovative and highly competitive rail products, while urging policymakers and partners to create the necessary external conditions to enable a modal shift from road to rail freight.

European rail freight coalition launches urgent call to step up efforts
While participants from around the globe discuss the urgent actions needed to accelerate efforts against climate change, the coalition outlines the clear ambition of the European rail freight industry to step up its efforts and become a key contributor to a more climate-friendly freight sector. With rail freight emitting 9 times less C02 and causing 8 times less air pollution than road freight, the coalition urges policymakers to recognize and act on its potential to help realize the Paris Climate Accord targets.

Freight transport: a key economic activity with a major climate footprint
Freight transport accounts for 6% of European GDP, with over 19 billion tons of goods being transported every year. While the contribution of the whole sector to the economy is positive, it has a substantial impact on the environment. With currently 75% of all freight transport done by road, the sector has an estimated yearly emission of 275 million tons of C02. This represents 30% of total transport emissions (i.e. all freight and passenger transport).

30% growth of freight transport by 2030 will come at a huge cost
By 2030, freight transport is expected to grow by 30%. That is roughly the size of the entire German freight transport market or 1 million trucks added on European roads in the coming decade. Looking at the stringent goals of the Paris Accord for the transport sector, it is simply not a sustainable option to keep relying heavily on road freight.

A modal shift for a more sustainable future: rail freight companies commit to an ambitious modal share of 30%
Today’s signatories of Rail Freight Forward are convinced that rail has a crucial role to play in building a more sustainable freight sector, that will help Europe realize its climate ambitions. An increase of the modal share of rail freight from currently 18% to 30% by 2030 can largely absorb the expected growth in freight transport and minimize its climate impact.

The 30% target is ambitious, but the European rail freight sector is determined to deliver the sustained efforts needed to achieve it. The members of Rail Freight Forward are committed to work together to transform and modernize the rail freight industry, by driving efficiency and standardization, improving cost-effectiveness and accelerating technological innovation. Each company will step up its efforts to offer competitive products that convince customers to choose rail for its quality, frequency, reliability, flexibility, price and service.

Calling on all stakeholders to enable modal shift to rail
At the same time, Rail Freight Forward calls upon policymakers and key stakeholders to work together in implementing the external conditions needed for a successful modal shift.

Firstly, the development of a competitive rail offering goes hand in hand with that of a rail infrastructure which makes running a train through Europe as easy as running a truck. This requires a clear mandate for infrastructure managers to deploy a network that is easy to access, well-managed and reliable.

Secondly, national and EU authorities are called upon to provide a transparent and solid regulatory framework for infrastructure managers to realize this network. The coalition further asks that the authorities equalize taxes, administrative costs, infrastructure access charges… for the different modes of transport, thereby levelling the playing field for trains and trucks.

Countries taking measures to provide a clear regulatory framework and fair competition, such as Austria (32%) and Switzerland (37%), clearly show a larger modal share of rail.

Noah’s Train: raising awareness for a common goal
To mark their climate commitment and win hearts and minds in support of the modal shift, the members of the Rail Freight Forward coalition have chosen Katowice to officially launch Noah’s Train. This train will travel through Vienna (14/1), Berlin (24/1), Paris (5/2) and Brussels (20/2). In each city, prominent local street artists will gradually transform the train into the world’s longest mobile artwork, inspired by the oldest tale of environmental activism.

For more information on the Rail Freight Forward Coalition, its “Vision 2030” or Noah’s Train, visit www.railfreightforward.eu or contact press at railfreightforward.eu

About Rail Freight Forward
Rail Freight Forward is a coalition of European rail freight companies that are committed to drastically reducing the negative impact of freight transport on the planet and mobility through innovation and a more intelligent transport mix.

The coalition has the ambition to increase the modal share of rail freight to 30% by 2030 as the macro-economically better solution for European growth. It strives to engage railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and policymakers across Europe in acting to realise this modal shift.

Rail Freight Forward is a broad and continuously expanding coalition composed of rail freight operators and supported by the sector associations CER, UIC, ERFA and VDV.

Current members of the Rail Freight Forward coalition are BLS Cargo, CD Cargo, CFL Cargo, DB Cargo, GreenCargo, Lineas, LTE Group, Mercitalia, Ost-West Logistik, PKP Cargo, Rail Cargo Group, SBB Cargo, SNCF Logistics, ZSSK Cargo.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

gehenot at uic.org

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Factsheet on the Emission Trading Systems (ETS) financial impact for the European Rail Sector

A factsheet on the costs of the Carbon Emission Trade System (ETS) of electricity for the rail sector in Europe includes the main conclusions of a joint survey on energy and ETS costs for the European railways. Given that EU railway companies are amongst the major users of electricity, rail is an ETS sector.

The survey analysed different carbon price scenarios. Taking the average European Emission Allowance (EUA) cost of 8 euros per tonne of CO2 and the total CO2 tonnes emitted from EU rail electricity traction, the total ETS bill for rail for is estimated to be € 114 million per year. This cost is approximately 4% of rail’s electricity costs. In case the carbon market reaches the envisaged price for ETS ’phase 4 for 2020-2030’ of € 25 per tonne of CO2, the indirect ETS costs for railway companies might reach a level of € 370 million per year.

This factsheet contains information obtained from the joint survey performed by UIC and CER on the economic impact of the energy consumption and the CO2 emissions for EU railways.

The survey, internally distributed for members, also demonstrates that energy consumption is an important financial driver for the European railways operating costs. The total amount of energy costs at EU sector is estimated to be 8.40% of total operating costs, corresponding to around € 6 billion. The share of operating costs coming from energy consumption depends on the profile of the analysed company, whilst infrastructure managers tend to have lower operating costs (between 0.5% and 2.5%), energy costs impact is higher for railway undertakings (between 7% and 29%).

The factsheet is available at the following link: http://www.cer.be/publications/latest-publications/eu-ets-reform

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

Or Ethem Pekin: ethem.pekin at cer.be

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Germany: DB Schenker reduces greenhouse gas intensity by at least 40 percent by 2030 with CO2-neutral growth

DB Schenker will reduce its specific greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% relative to its 2006 figures. Thanks to this pledge, the logistics company will play a key role in the DB Group’s mission to reach its new climate targets, which entail the specific reduction of greenhouse gases by at least 50% in the same time period. At present, DB Schenker is the source of almost two-thirds of the Group’s total emission figures. By delivering reductions in its sector, the logistics service provider will make a commensurate contribution to the Group’s overall goals.

“Moving away from fossil fuels will be the greatest challenge. Following the example of rail services and their ever-growing sourcing of green energy, road haulage now has to make the energy transition – and is successfully at that. Air and ocean freight need to explore new technologies. We monitor their development and will support their introduction with our possibilities”, says Andrea Dorothea Schön, who heads up DB Schenker’s climate protection program. “What we need here is full coordination between all the actors in the supply chain and the world of politics.”

At the start of 2017, DB Schenker pledged that its growth in the coming decade would be CO2 neutral. As a result, it increased its specific annual goals for overland and air freight by up to 3% per annum from 2020 onwards. Additional reductions are planned for ocean freight as well, despite the fact that a specific reduction of 62% has been achieved already since 2006. “Given the massive continued expansion expected for international container shipping, we are also committed to CO2-neutral growth in this sector,” says Andrea Schön.

Some 95% of CO2 emissions at DB Schenker are due to service providers, which comprise approximately 40,000 companies around the world. DB’s logistics subsidiary uses its national branches to help contract partners by researching new technology, pilot projects, and providing help with accessing support programs.

DB Schenker inaugurated 2018 by its switching distribution activities in Paris to electrically powered vehicles. “Our scheme in Paris makes us one of the first companies to make a clear commitment to CO2-free transportation,” says Tariel Chamerois, sustainability manager at DB Schenker in France and Vice President of European logistics association CLECAT. Similarly, DB Schenker already runs some 800 vehicles in Sweden on sustainably produced biofuels – this way, the company has replaced close to one-third of its diesel consumption with a renewable energy source.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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Germany: Fifty percent less CO2 emitted by 2030

DB sets new climate protection target ahead of UN Climate Change Convention in Bonn

DB’s CEO Lutz: “Rail travel equals climate protection”

Deutsche Bahn has set itself a new, ambitious climate protection target. “By 2030 we will have reduced specific CO2 emissions worldwide by at least fifty percent. This is a major step toward becoming a completely climate-neutral group, which we will be in 2050,” said Dr. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, in Berlin ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Bonn on November 6-17, 2017. “Rail travel equals climate protection. Rail is already the most climate-friendly mode of transport and we are continuing to expand this environmental advantage. Nothing less than the future of successive generations is at stake. That is why we are amplifying our efforts and responding actively to climate change and its impact.”

The next milestone is being targeted by DB Long Distance, in that every passenger will travel using 100 percent renewable power on and after January 1, 2018. As a result, some 140 million passengers annually will travel entirely CO2-free. Previously, this was only the case for holders of BahnCards or monthly and annual passes and passengers who had paid an additional euro for green energy on each leg of their journey. Since 2013, DB Long Distance has invested around 100 million euros in sustainable wind and hydroelectric power purchased in addition to regular energy. Deutsche Bahn intends to increase the share of power it uses from renewable sources in all of its rail operations (local, regional, long distance and freight), from 42 percent currently to 70 percent by 2030.

It was already a goal under the DB2020+ Group strategy to reduce CO₂ emissions by 30 percent by 2020, relative to 2006 levels. The tangible and constant increase in renewable energy’s share in the traction current mix in particular is expected to lead to further reductions.

Deutsche Bahn has now launched the “Das ist grün” ("This is green") marketing campaign. More than 100 projects, addressing such wide-ranging topics as green long distance travel, biodiversity conservation and biodegradable workwear, are being presented in publications, at stations and on trains. By these means, DB is demonstrating the ecological nature of its products and services in all their diversity for the first time.

(Source: DB)

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Germany: Fifty percent less CO2 emitted by 2030

DB sets new climate protection target ahead of UN Climate Change Convention in Bonn

DB’s CEO Lutz: “Rail travel equals climate protection”

Deutsche Bahn has set itself a new, ambitious climate protection target. “By 2030 we will have reduced specific CO2 emissions worldwide by at least fifty percent. This is a major step toward becoming a completely climate-neutral group, which we will be in 2050,” said Dr. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, in Berlin ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Bonn on November 6-17, 2017. “Rail travel equals climate protection. Rail is already the most climate-friendly mode of transport and we are continuing to expand this environmental advantage. Nothing less than the future of successive generations is at stake. That is why we are amplifying our efforts and responding actively to climate change and its impact.”

The next milestone is being targeted by DB Long Distance, in that every passenger will travel using 100 percent renewable power on and after January 1, 2018. As a result, some 140 million passengers annually will travel entirely CO2-free. Previously, this was only the case for holders of BahnCards or monthly and annual passes and passengers who had paid an additional euro for green energy on each leg of their journey. Since 2013, DB Long Distance has invested around 100 million euros in sustainable wind and hydroelectric power purchased in addition to regular energy. Deutsche Bahn intends to increase the share of power it uses from renewable sources in all of its rail operations (local, regional, long distance and freight), from 42 percent currently to 70 percent by 2030.

It was already a goal under the DB2020+ Group strategy to reduce CO₂ emissions by 30 percent by 2020, relative to 2006 levels. The tangible and constant increase in renewable energy’s share in the traction current mix in particular is expected to lead to further reductions.

Deutsche Bahn has now launched the “Das ist grün” ("This is green") marketing campaign. More than 100 projects, addressing such wide-ranging topics as green long distance travel, biodiversity conservation and biodegradable workwear, are being presented in publications, at stations and on trains. By these means, DB is demonstrating the ecological nature of its products and services in all their diversity for the first time.

(Source: DB)

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Global investment in rail not sufficient to reach climate goals

UIC has just released a paper analysing the development of global investment in rail infrastructure, differentiating by region and rail type. Subsequently, current investment in rail is compared with estimates by the International Energy Agency for the investment required to achieve the climate change “Beyond-2-Degree Scenario” (B2DS) of holding the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C and striving for 1.5°C.

The analysis of investments yielded several important insights, such as the following:

  • Globally, almost 1500 rail infrastructure projects worth at least $ 2.1 trillion are planned or under construction (not including about $ 80 billion for current rolling stock procurement projects), amounting to a total of 140’000km.
  • Out of this, over 500 heavy rail projects account for 57,000km of track under construction (or expansion/renewal) 65,000km of track planned and $ 1.2 trillion of announced investments. The overwhelming share (85%) of both current and future developments falls on low and middle-income countries, particularly in Asia (almost 50%).
  • China dominates current track under construction with 37% of all heavy rail, 61% of high-speed, 66% of metro and 21% of light rail track being built there.
  • Cost per km of track under construction varies considerably by region, rail type and project status. Interestingly, heavy rail (excl. high-speed) and light rail projects in planning stage on average budget a lower cost per km than those already under construction (globally -50% and -21%, respectively). But the reverse is true for high-speed (+120%) and metro projects (+42%). This tendency can be observed across all regions, although the exact figures vary strongly.

Despite some impressive developments, particularly of high-speed rail in China, the comparison with the IEA’s “Beyond-2-Degrees-Scenario” indicates that a massive increase in railway infrastructure investment is needed to achieve this ambitious target. While investments in high-speed and metro networks are already going in the right direction, there appears to be a significant lack of investment for regular heavy rail, particularly commuter rail. The investment gap is especially large for low- and mid-income countries with quickly urbanising societies, which would strongly benefit from high-capacity commuter rail systems to ease congestion and other transport related challenges. Early and strategic planning to integrate commuter rail into public transport systems is advisable, to avoid increasing costs as cities and economies develop.

The analysis was conducted in cooperation with International Railway Journal (IRJ), who provided their IRJ Pro database for analysis.

http://uic.org/IMG/pdf/analysis_of_global_rail_infrastructure_investment.pdf

For further information please contact Linus Grob:

grob at uic.org

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Global investment in rail not sufficient to reach climate goals

UIC has just released a paper analysing the development of global investment in rail infrastructure, differentiating by region and rail type. Subsequently, current investment in rail is compared with estimates by the International Energy Agency for the investment required to achieve the climate change “Beyond-2-Degree Scenario” (B2DS) of holding the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C and striving for 1.5°C.

The analysis of investments yielded several important insights, such as the following:

  • Globally, almost 1500 rail infrastructure projects worth at least $ 2.1 trillion are planned or under construction (not including about $ 80 billion for current rolling stock procurement projects), amounting to a total of 140’000km.
  • Out of this, over 500 heavy rail projects account for 57,000km of track under construction (or expansion/renewal) 65,000km of track planned and $ 1.2 trillion of announced investments. The overwhelming share (85%) of both current and future developments falls on low and middle-income countries, particularly in Asia (almost 50%).
  • China dominates current track under construction with 37% of all heavy rail, 61% of high-speed, 66% of metro and 21% of light rail track being built there.
  • Cost per km of track under construction varies considerably by region, rail type and project status. Interestingly, heavy rail (excl. high-speed) and light rail projects in planning stage on average budget a lower cost per km than those already under construction (globally -50% and -21%, respectively). But the reverse is true for high-speed (+120%) and metro projects (+42%). This tendency can be observed across all regions, although the exact figures vary strongly.

Despite some impressive developments, particularly of high-speed rail in China, the comparison with the IEA’s “Beyond-2-Degrees-Scenario” indicates that a massive increase in railway infrastructure investment is needed to achieve this ambitious target. While investments in high-speed and metro networks are already going in the right direction, there appears to be a significant lack of investment for regular heavy rail, particularly commuter rail. The investment gap is especially large for low- and mid-income countries with quickly urbanising societies, which would strongly benefit from high-capacity commuter rail systems to ease congestion and other transport related challenges. Early and strategic planning to integrate commuter rail into public transport systems is advisable, to avoid increasing costs as cities and economies develop.

The analysis was conducted in cooperation with International Railway Journal (IRJ), who provided their IRJ Pro database for analysis.

http://uic.org/IMG/pdf/analysis_of_global_rail_infrastructure_investment.pdf

For further information please contact Linus Grob:

grob at uic.org

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop jointly held by the IEA and UIC on 24 September 2018 in Paris

Following a decision by the IEA (International Energy Agency) and UIC to publish a new report in January 2019 entitled The Future of Rail which aims to analyse existing railway and energy use, as well as support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system, the two organisations hosted a joint workshop on 24 September at UIC headquarters in order to combine and consolidate the strategic guidance and technical input of decision-makers and experts from across the globe.

The workshop aimed to reflect on the current state-of-play for railways in different countries and review possible drivers and bottlenecks to enhance rail’s future role, with a special focus on rail transport development in India.

Attending the event were around 80 participants representing the railways, transport authorities, EU institutions, industry and academia.

The workshop was opened by the Executive Director of the IEA, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said that environmental issues and sustainable mobilty are embedded in the core functions of UIC and form part of its values.
He said: “It is UIC’s responsibility to promote innovation and new developments, provide space for exchanging experience and best practice – this is why we are here today.”
Mr Loubinoux thanked the IEA for helping to organise the workshop and said that international cooperation is the only way to achieve the demanding goals we have set for ourselves.

The IEA gave an initial overview of the day’s workshop, which consisted of four themed sessions, followed by question-and-answer opportunities in between, addressing primarily:

  • The current role of rail transport
  • The future of rail – drivers and bottlenecks
  • Opportunities and challenges for increasing the role of rail
  • The role of rail for India’s development objectives

In Session 1, representatives from Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Russia identified the role that rail transport plays today in their countries and described their goals, strategies and projects to support transport and energy policy. They stressed that rail development is vital for overall growth in mobility and that it is important to address the challenges of investing in rail infrastructure and creating the right incentives.

In Session 2, representatives from Europe, South Africa and Korea looked at rail’s outlook, how it can satisfy future demand for passenger and freight transport and overcome the challenges of future deployment. The speakers highlighted the key drivers for the rail industry, notably with regard to urbanisation and environmental concerns. To overcome future challenges, they mentioned technical solutions to reduce energy consumption, developments in energy management to improve the energy efficiency of urban transport networks, how to increase rail capacity, offering door-to-door transport chains, and how to improve passenger experience.

Session 3 featured representatives from the UK and a number of European countries. The speakers talked about how we can help increase the role of rail in the transport system of the future. Among the examples mentioned was that of the commuter and regional business in terms of passenger volumes and efficiency in urban areas. They also mentioned the various market segments, comparing high speed rail with aviation and how rail transport can be a real alternative in terms of cost, safety, comfort, time efficiency and environmental performance. The challenges evoked, however, included investment in infrastructure, flexibility and convenience.

In the fourth and final session focusing specifically on the case of India, representatives spoke about key opportunities and bottlenecks for a cleaner and more inclusive Indian railway system. Among the points raised were rail versus road, the passenger and freight business, network capacity enhancement, investment, IT developments and urban rail. With regard to mobility and land planning strategies, projects included high speed rail lines which would make better use of land and be more energy efficient. The issue of the transport sector’s role in carbon emission reduction in India was also addressed, as well as future strategies for increasing rail’s market share.

The sessions concluded with a round-the-table discussion chaired by the IEA of the key issues and messages that should be included as advice to policy makers in the forthcoming IEA/UIC publication. These included the areas of freight productivity, sustainability targets and emissions forecasting, infrastructure funding, marketing issues, customer service, modal integration, societal changes, and government-backed policies.

The meeting ended with a few words by the UIC panel, who thanked the participants for attending and the IEA for their co-organisation.

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC in Paris headquarters

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

Participation is by invitation only. For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor Sustainable Development:

dekeyzer at uic.org

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC in Paris headquarters

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

The event is free of charge – please register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-rail-and-energy-workshop

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

environnement2 at uic.org

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC Paris headquarters

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

The event is free of charge – please register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-rail-and-energy-workshop

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

environnement2 at uic.org

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC Paris headquarters

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

The event is free of charge – please register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-rail-and-energy-workshop

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

environnement2 at uic.org

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Heading to Climate Conference COP23 – UIC took the “Train to Bonn”

A UIC delegation was invited to board the “Train to Bonn” dedicated train, coordinated by Deutsch Bahn on 4 November 2017. UIC was represented by a small delegation including its Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

The event welcomed on board politicians such as Dr Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as DB employees, non-profit organisations and representatives of the private sector as well as international organisations like UIC. The “Train to Bonn” was organised with different coaches with a specific conference area in the centre. Throughout the day speakers from different countries took the floor in front of an active audience.

Dr Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, presented DB commitments to fight climate change, including: fifty percent less CO2 emitted by 2030 and long-distance transport to use 100% renewable power starting in 2018. “There is one mother earth, take action now”, he said.

Apart from transport commitments, the train was also the opportunity to raise awareness about oceans – the important theme this year under the Fiji presidency of COP23, in the presence on board of Tafue Lusama, President of Red Cross society of Tuvalu and Frances Namoumou, from the Pacific Church Council. Representatives of the Fiji islands and spokespersons from the Pacific islands presented their views on the urgency of actions to fight climate change and prevent the rise of sea levels.

Topics from effects of climate change to resilience, mitigation and adaptation were debated, as well as corporate and public partnerships, and insurance aspects and actions on the ground, in the face of climate change in developed and developing countries.

UIC took the opportunity during this trip to emphasise UIC’s global perspective on the importance of railways in the fight against climate change. UIC acknowledged the announcement as well regarding DB setting new ambitious climate protection targets ahead of COP23. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director of UIC said about this news: “that those targets are a perfect fit and compliment the UIC targets.” UIC declared major collaborations in 2017, one with the International Energy Agency with the annual publication of the Railway Handbook and the collaboration with the International Railway Journal for a Global Register of Modal Shift projects. After stressing the importance of investment in rail, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux reminded the audience of the successful work of UIC in the discussion around mitigation and especially adaptation with dedicated workshops in London, Beijing and Agadir in 2017.

UIC Director General concluded his speech by wishing a successful two weeks to all negotiators for this COP23 “where the interests of all the people of the world come together”.

UIC at COP23
The conference of parties is taking place from 6 – 17 November in Bonn. As in previous editions, UIC is actively participating as an accredited organisation by the United Nations.

On the 9 November, UIC will participate in the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation side event from 3pm to 4.30pm in the Bonn zone. Nicholas Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit will contribute to the high-level panel on measuring adaptation.

On 10 November, UIC will host a side event with Eurelectric (Union of the Electricity Industry) and UITP (International Union of Public Transport) in the Bonn Zone from 4.45pm to 6.15pm: Bright Future: The Value of Electricity for a Decarbonised Economy and Transport Sector. The event will bring together representatives from electricity and sustainable transport sectors, industry, investors and civil society, to engage on value of electrification for sustainable global development.
Speakers will present strategic low-carbon electricity projects showing potential of electrification in sustainable transport.

UIC will strongly contribute to the Transport Thematic Day on 11 November in the Bonn Zone from 9am to 16.45pm. Global Climate Action (GCA) Transport Thematic Day will take stock of recent developments and through a combination of plenary and more in-depth sessions on specific topics arrive at recommendations for countries, and other stakeholders that can guide the transport sector in the development of effective actions on transport and climate change. UIC will coordinate sessions on Sustainable Freight at 11.30am and Adaptation at 13.45. The full programme can be found here:

http://unfccc.int/files/paris_agreement/application/pdf/gca_cop23_detailed_programme.pdf

On 13 November, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC will participate in the High-Level Event Global Climate Action Agenda in the session: Creating Green and Inclusive Transport for Liveable and Resilient Cities. This event will focus on sustainable transport development opportunities as envisaged by the sustainable development goal 11.2. The whole High-Level event will show how the engagement of Human Settlements stakeholders has shifted into an implementation phase since the adoption of the Paris Agreement (PA) and the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities and Human Settlements (SDG11). The different sessions will highlight efforts to mainstream activities into a one action agenda. Transport plays a significant role in shaping cities and as the urgency to develop liveable and resilient cities grows, it is increasingly important to implement green and inclusive transport measures.

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For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Heading to Climate Conference COP23 – UIC took the “Train to Bonn”

A UIC delegation was invited to board the “Train to Bonn” dedicated train, coordinated by Deutsch Bahn on 4 November 2017. UIC was represented by a small delegation including its Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

The event welcomed on board politicians such as Dr Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as DB employees, non-profit organisations and representatives of the private sector as well as international organisations like UIC. The “Train to Bonn” was organised with different coaches with a specific conference area in the centre. Throughout the day speakers from different countries took the floor in front of an active audience.

Dr Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, presented DB commitments to fight climate change, including: fifty percent less CO2 emitted by 2030 and long-distance transport to use 100% renewable power starting in 2018. “There is one mother earth, take action now”, he said.

Apart from transport commitments, the train was also the opportunity to raise awareness about oceans – the important theme this year under the Fiji presidency of COP23, in the presence on board of Tafue Lusama, President of Red Cross society of Tuvalu and Frances Namoumou, from the Pacific Church Council. Representatives of the Fiji islands and spokespersons from the Pacific islands presented their views on the urgency of actions to fight climate change and prevent the rise of sea levels.

Topics from effects of climate change to resilience, mitigation and adaptation were debated, as well as corporate and public partnerships, and insurance aspects and actions on the ground, in the face of climate change in developed and developing countries.

UIC took the opportunity during this trip to emphasise UIC’s global perspective on the importance of railways in the fight against climate change. UIC acknowledged the announcement as well regarding DB setting new ambitious climate protection targets ahead of COP23. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director of UIC said about this news: “that those targets are a perfect fit and compliment the UIC targets.” UIC declared major collaborations in 2017, one with the International Energy Agency with the annual publication of the Railway Handbook and the collaboration with the International Railway Journal for a Global Register of Modal Shift projects. After stressing the importance of investment in rail, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux reminded the audience of the successful work of UIC in the discussion around mitigation and especially adaptation with dedicated workshops in London, Beijing and Agadir in 2017.

UIC Director General concluded his speech by wishing a successful two weeks to all negotiators for this COP23 “where the interests of all the people of the world come together”.

UIC at COP23
The conference of parties is taking place from 6 – 17 November in Bonn. As in previous editions, UIC is actively participating as an accredited organisation by the United Nations.

On 9 November, UIC will participate in the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation side event from 3pm to 4.30pm in the Bonn zone. Nicholas Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit will contribute to the high-level panel on measuring adaptation.

On 10 November, UIC will host a side event with Eurelectric (Union of the Electricity Industry) and UITP (International Union of Public Transport) in the Bonn Zone from 4.45pm to 6.15pm: Bright Future: The Value of Electricity for a Decarbonised Economy and Transport Sector. The event will bring together representatives from electricity and sustainable transport sectors, industry, investors and civil society, to engage on value of electrification for sustainable global development.
Speakers will present strategic low-carbon electricity projects showing potential of electrification in sustainable transport.

UIC will strongly contribute to the Transport Thematic Day on 11 November in the Bonn Zone from 9am to 16.45pm. Global Climate Action (GCA) Transport Thematic Day will take stock of recent developments and through a combination of plenary and more in-depth sessions on specific topics arrive at recommendations for countries, and other stakeholders that can guide the transport sector in the development of effective actions on transport and climate change. UIC will coordinate sessions on Sustainable Freight at 11.30am and Adaptation at 13.45. The full programme can be found here:

http://unfccc.int/files/paris_agreement/application/pdf/gca_cop23_detailed_programme.pdf

On 13 November, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC will participate in the High-Level Event Global Climate Action Agenda in the session: Creating Green and Inclusive Transport for Liveable and Resilient Cities. This event will focus on sustainable transport development opportunities as envisaged by the sustainable development goal 11.2. The whole High-Level event will show how the engagement of Human Settlements stakeholders has shifted into an implementation phase since the adoption of the Paris Agreement (PA) and the Sustainable Development Goal on Cities and Human Settlements (SDG11). The different sessions will highlight efforts to mainstream activities into a one action agenda. Transport plays a significant role in shaping cities and as the urgency to develop liveable and resilient cities grows, it is increasingly important to implement green and inclusive transport measures.

Follow us on Twitter for the last updates on COP23: RailSust-UIC @SustRail

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Heading to Climate Conference COP23 – UIC took the “Train to Bonn”

A UIC delegation was invited to board the “Train to Bonn” dedicated train, coordinated by Deutsch Bahn on 4 November 2017. UIC was represented by a small delegation including its Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

The event welcomed on board politicians such as Dr Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as well as DB employees, non-profit organisations and representatives of the private sector as well as international organisations like UIC. The “Train to Bonn” was organised with different coaches with a specific conference area in the centre. Throughout the day speakers from different countries took the floor in front of an active audience.

Dr Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, presented DB commitments to fight climate change, including: fifty percent less CO2 emitted by 2030 and long-distance transport to use 100% renewable power starting in 2018. “There is one mother earth, take action now”, he said.

Apart from transport commitments, the train was also the opportunity to raise awareness about oceans – the important theme this year under the Fiji presidency of COP23, in the presence on board of Tafue Lusama, President of Red Cross society of Tuvalu and Frances Namoumou, from the Pacific Church Council. Representatives of the Fiji islands and spokespersons from the Pacific islands presented their views on the urgency of actions to fight climate change and prevent the rise of sea levels.

Topics from effects of climate change to resilience, mitigation and adaptation were debated, as well as corporate and public partnerships, and insurance aspects and actions on the ground, in the face of climate change in developed and developing countries.

UIC took the opportunity during this trip to emphasise UIC’s global perspective on the importance of railways in the fight against climate change. UIC acknowledged the announcement as well regarding DB setting new ambitious climate protection targets ahead of COP23. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director of UIC said about this news: “that those targets are a perfect fit and compliment the UIC targets.” UIC declared major collaborations in 2017, one with the International Energy Agency with the annual publication of the Railway Handbook and the collaboration with the International Railway Journal for a Global Register of Modal Shift projects. After stressing the importance of investment in rail, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux reminded the audience of the successful work of UIC in the discussion around mitigation and especially adaptation with dedicated workshops in London, Beijing and Agadir in 2017.

UIC Director General concluded his speech by wishing a successful two weeks to all negotiators for this COP23 “where the interests of all the people of the world come together”.

UIC at COP23

The conference of parties will end on 16 November in Bonn, Germany. As in previous editions, UIC actively participated as an accredited organisation by the United Nations. UIC also signed a partnership agreement with UNFCCC for COP23 and this document was signed by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux in person along with Alain Flausch, Secretary General of UITP during COP23.

On 9 November, UIC participated in the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation side event the Bonn zone. Nicholas Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit contributed to the high-level panel on measuring adaptation. On 10 November, UIC host a side event with Eurelectric (Union of the Electricity Industry) and UITP (International Union of Public Transport) in the Bonn Zone. Bright Future: The Value of Electricity for a Decarbonised Economy and Transport Sector. The event brought together representatives from electricity and sustainable transport sectors, industry, investors and civil society, to engage on value of electrification for sustainable global development. Speakers presented strategic low-carbon electricity projects showing potential of electrification in sustainable transport.

UIC actively contributed to the Transport Thematic Day on 11 November in the Bonn Zone. Global Climate Action (GCA) Transport Thematic Day took stock of recent developments and through a combination of plenary and breakout sessions on specific topics to reach at recommendations for countries, and other stakeholders that can help and support the transport sector in the development of effective actions on transport and climate change. UIC coordinated the sessions on sustainable freight and adaptation of infrastructure. The outcome for the freight session were as follows:

  • Freight emissions are projected to overtake passenger emissions, requiring urgent attention
  • Cooperation and partnerships are vital to support multimodal solutions particularly for international freight/shipping/logistics
  • Modal shift is an important part of the solution, e.g. to increase inter alia rail and cycling
  • We need strong political frameworks to set the right incentives and strong standards and we need companies to implement them and governments to back them, e.g. for fuel efficiency standards
  • We need full and transparent disclosure of carbon emissions form the whole logistics chain

For the adaptation session the outcome was as follows:

  • The transport & climate change policy and funding need better balance between adaptation and mitigation
  • There is an emerging transport adaptation knowledge base, with ports & inland waterways, road and rail taking the lead, this can help governments to deliver their NDCs and raise ambition
  • We need to better quantify the risks and benefits relating to adaptation, (concerning social, environmental and economic aspects) in order to enable better decision making
  • Adaptation must be mainstreamed into every-day infrastructure management and maintenance – it is not a special project
  • International co-operation, e.g. the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, has an important role to play in supporting capacity building
  • Governments have an important role to play in supporting co-ordination between transport modes & other stakeholders (e.g. power supply, etc.) to ensure coherence & whole-system thinking, this could be included in future revisions of NDCs

UIC would like to thank all participants and speakers as well as the International Transport Forum (ITF), the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) and the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) for the fruitful collaboration in preparation for COP23.

To provide stronger political leadership necessary to spearhead the transformation of transport a new Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) was established on 11 November. This new multi-stakeholder alliance will help accelerate the decarbonisation of transport by coordinating action and outreach between leading countries, cities and companies in their peer group communities in particular in the UNFCCC process.

On 13 November, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC participated in the High-Level Event Global Climate Action Agenda in the session: Creating Green and Inclusive Transport for Liveable and Resilient Cities. The event focused on sustainable transport development opportunities as envisaged by the sustainable development goal 11.2. The different sessions highlighted efforts to mainstream activities into a one action agenda. Transport plays a significant role in shaping cities and as the urgency to develop livable and resilient cities grows, it is increasingly important to implement green and inclusive transport measures. “We all have to work together on sustainable, connected, integrated transport. Accessibility of stations is key for profitability of public transport” said Jean-Piere Loubinoux, Director General of UIC.

On the evening of the 13th, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux participated in the PPMC Talk show at the DHL Post Tower along with Pierpaolo Cazzola, Senior Energy and Transport Analyst, IEA and Lucila Capelli, Advisor, Ministry of Transport, Argentina. The Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) is organising daily talk shows about transport and climate change during the Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn. The talk shows are live-streamed on SLoCaT’s Facebook page from November 7 to 16 at 18:15 CET. The Talk Shows on Transport and Climate Change give updates on relevant negotiations at COP23 and discuss specific topics in detail with several experts. The sessions are moderated by Tracy Raczek.
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In October, UIC will board the “Climate Train”, the first event in France to reach out to different audiences in the lead up to COP21

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UIC is pleased to announce that from 6 – 25 October 2015 it will board the “Climate Train” ("Train du Climat"), a travelling exhibition within city centres launched by Trains Expo Evénements SNCF, the events subsidiary of SNCF, which regularly runs themed trains such as the TV Train, Chocolate Train, Historic Train, etc. This train is supported by the French Ministry of Education in partnership with UNESCO.
Each stop made by the train in one of the 19 towns and 13 regions across France will be an opportunity to bring together all the economic, political and associative stakeholders around the issue of climate change.

The “Climate Train”, endorsed by the COP21 Intergovernmental Committee, will be a national event as part of France’s Science Day, taking place from 7 – 11 October 2015. Three coaches will be dedicated to partner companies or organisations, including UIC.

The train will be able to hold 4000 to 10,000 visitors a day. School groups will also be welcome on board. The 350 metre-long train, will be composed of 14 coaches, three of which will be dedicated to a fun and educational exhibition developed by scientists and researchers, and three “Village” coaches, where partners involved in climate issues will be able to showcase their initiatives in the fight against climate change to preserve the planet. These include Armonia, AXA, Cirad (French agricultural research and international cooperation organisation), CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), eGreen, Génius, Lehning Laboritories, Lucibel, Michelin, the Union of Chemical Industries, as well as the International Union of Railways.

For UIC, which will coordinate a synchronised network of trains across Europe, Asia and Russia just before the start of the COP21 negotiations under the global campaign known as “Train to Paris”, the “Climate Train” is a way of reaching out to the French public and showing that UIC has been committed to the climate change issue for several years now, by leading long-term initiatives to develop sustainable transport systems at global level. This event will also serve as an opportunity for UIC to meet the school sector, which is less familiar with UIC’s activities, and to foster an educational dialogue with future generations, for which climate change is also a relevant issue.

“Train to Paris”: UIC’s global campaign

At the end of November, trains are scheduled to depart from Berlin, Bonn, Frankfurt, Brussels, Rotterdam, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Moscow, Beijing and Ulan Bator. These trains, which will bring delegations to the COP21 negotiations in Paris, are intended to highlight the importance of developing sustainable transport systems, forming part of the solution to climate change. This meeting of trains on 28 November 2015 will take place on the weekend preceding the COP21 negotiations. Among the events linked to this “Train to Paris”, UIC is planning to organise a unifying and symbolic event with high-level representation from the United Nations, the French government, the European Commission and the main stakeholders from the rail transport community, comprising both the private and public sectors.

Practical Information about the “Climate Train” – from 6 to 25 October 2015, France

Free unrestricted access – open to the public during the day (see opening hours on the website)

Follow the event on social media: #trainduclimat

Find out more about Trains Expo

Since 1972
In almost 40 years of business, Trains Expo Evénements SNCF has

  • Launched nearly 280 Trains Expo themed trains
  • Converted some 3000 coaches

Distance travelled
The Trains Expo themed trains have covered over 1 000,000 km of the French and European rail network

Logistics of an operation
A standard operation involves around 15 ports of call, around a dozen coaches and covers approximately 5000 km

Trains Expo website: www.trains-expo.fr – @TrainsExpo

To find our more about the UIC “Train to Paris” worldwide campaign – 28 November 2015

“Train to Paris” website: http://traintoparis.org/

Twitter: @trainCOP21

UIC website: www.uic.org

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Interview with Dr Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Mobility Division, Siemens AG

As a railway supplier, what impact does COP21 have on your development strategy?

It’s important that the G7 has agreed on global decarbonisation and that this consensus will be emphasised by a global agreement in Paris. To help decarbonise the world economy, Siemens Mobility will contribute with electrification, modal shifts and energy efficiency.

In order to reach decarbonisation goals, more and more rail traffic will have to be electrified – and the power will have to come from renewable sources. There will have to be an increase in modal shifts from road to rail, both for passenger and freight – and around the globe. These two factors present new markets and business opportunities for us. Of course, this also means having more variants to address the regionally differing markets. Energy cost is already a key buying factor for our customers today. So our intensified R&D efforts for increasing energy efficiency will undoubtedly pay off.

Energy efficiency has long been a central topic for us, and our Mobility location in Krefeld, Germany, offers a good example of what can be achieved. We have invested around four million euros there in things like a combined heat and power plant, and building automation and energy management systems. These measures have paid for themselves after just four years.

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To illustrate the importance of climate protection for Siemens, we are proud of having achieved the highest possible score in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for the transparency of the Siemens’ reporting on the opportunities and risks associated with climate change.
By 2030, Siemens intends to become the world’s first major industrial concern to attain a neutral CO2 balance.

In your research and development strategy, what actions are specifically influenced by the objectives of sustainable development and climate change?

We have identified two major trends that drive the mobility business: urbanisation and demographic change. Both would lead to a major increase in energy consumption – unless we do something about it. Our efforts have begun with our rolling stock. We are steadily reducing the weight of car bodies and bogies, which makes them more energy-efficient and at the same time increases their payload. One good example here is our Desiro City train for the Thameslink line in Greater London. Through lightweight construction and intelligent systems, we were able to reduce the train’s weight by 25 percent – which makes it more energy-efficient. In fact, the trains use up to 50% less energy than comparable existing platforms.

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Similarly, in our new ICx train, sophisticated innovations such as the combined use of lightweight trailer bogies with inside bearings and weight-optimised power bogies help reduce weight and energy consumption. The ICx uses up to 30% less energy per passenger than the ICE 1 and has a superior weight-to-seat ratio.

What cooperation do you expect from rail operators in this context to ensure the success of trains in the future?

It has always been our goal to comply with our customers’ wishes and to deliver the products they want. In our experience, railway operators care deeply about the future success of trains, and they know best what’s needed to ensure that success. So we listen to them, and when it comes to the sustainable operation of trains, they tell us that two things are key: increased throughput and increased capacity.

Our goal, then, is to innovate according to our customers’ wishes. One key factor in increasing a system’s capacity and throughput is digitalisation. Modern, fully automated CBTC-based train control systems, increase throughput and transport capacity for existing as well as new metro lines. And on mainline train operation, the Driver Advisory System (DAS) helps drivers by continually provided them with recommendations for improving their train’s operation. In the end, this improves the energy efficiency. In our Thameslink trains, for instance, which for the first time use a train control system combining ETCS level 2 and ATO, the DAS can combine wayside data such as permitted maximum speed, stations, and timetable data; and on the basis of this data, it calculates the optimal speed of a train and accordingly advises the driver visually and in real-time. The objective is to have each train driven on each route at an optimal speed in order to reduce energy consumption and wear on the trains. DAS achieves energy savings of around 15 percent.

We are convinced we have come nowhere near exhausting the potential of digitalisation in our business. Digitalisation offers unprecedented opportunities to make rail even more competitive and ecofriendly.

Biography

Dr Jochen Eickholt is CEO of Siemens Mobility Division (effective 1 October 2014).

Eickholt started his professional career in 1989 at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology. In 1999 he joined Siemens, starting as CEO of Siemens Elektropristroje s.r.o. in the Czech Republic. After several executive positions within the sales and supply chain management of the Siemens Communications Business and as Board Member of BenQ Mobile International, Eickholt was appointed CEO of the Siemens Home and Office Communications GmbH in 2006. From 2009 – 2012 he served as CEO of the Rail Automation, Mobility & Logistics Division, Infrastructure & Cities Sector.

Eickholt studied electrical engineering at the Rhine-Westphalia University of Technology in Aachen in Germany and at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.

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Interview with Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Executive Vice President, Alstom

As a railway supplier, what impact does COP21 have on your development strategy?

Let me begin by saying that, at Alstom, we adhere completely to the UNFCCC max. 2°C objective and are convinced that rail, as the most environmentally-friendly means of public transport, has a major role to play in achieving it. We also support fully the UIC’s “Low carbon rail transport challenge” and its inherent targets.

We have been focused for some years on the main issue of COP 21 – the reduction in CO2. We have achieved over the past decade reductions of up to 20 % in the energy consumption of our solutions (and therefore in the associated CO2 emissions) and a similar level of improvement in the energy intensity of our operations (factories, offices, etc.). Recently we committed to further reductions by 2020: -20% in our solutions and -10% in our operations (c.f. 2014 levels).

We are seeing a reinforcement of the trend towards environmental issues in general, and energy consumption in particular, having increased weight in the evaluation of tenders for train supply. We are convinced that our innovations in this area will give us competitive advantage.

Focusing on energy consumption is a win-win as it brings down the operation costs for our customers – the operators – whilst also reducing our own manufacturing costs.

So, Alstom’s strategy to combat climate change is to continuously improve our environmental performance, both in our operations and our offerings, through innovation and collaboration. We are focusing increasingly on opportunities with customers who put a realistic value on the environmental impact of the products and solutions that we offer to them.

In your research and development strategy, what actions are specifically influenced by the objectives of sustainable development and climate change?

Everything we do has an eye towards sustainable development and climate change. We apply an eco-design policy which takes these issues into account right through from the conceptual design phase; through manufacture; installation; operation; to the end of life phase where recyclability and recoverability are important issues.

A key to our strategy is to deploy the best available technologies. To mention just a few recent innovations, we are of course constantly looking to reduce energy consumption by reducing train weight; improving the efficiency of traction motors; providing driver assistance systems; optimising the auxiliaries. We have collaborative programmes in place with a selection of our customers which are helping us to understand better the energy consumption patterns of our trains and trams.

Alstom is currently developing entirely new types of trains, one example being a new regional train for Germany equipped with a fuel cell drive, a device that converts the energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction. Such trains will be completely emission-free and their noise level will be drastically reduced.

Furthermore, with electrical mobility in mind, we have developed SRS, which is a system to allow the rapid recharging of Trams with on-board energy storage at the station-stops using an underground connection system. This system can also be applied to electric buses.

Alongside this, we are working to take full advantage of the digital revolution by using smart real time data in order to optimise the operation of train fleets; match transport supply to demand; and make seamless the interface between transport modes. Each of these, and others besides, seek to reduce energy consumption whilst improving the passenger experience.

What cooperation do you expect from rail operators in this context to ensure the success of trains in the future?

Of all the energy-related CO2 emissions created by the transport sector, rail consumed only 3% whilst carrying 9% of the passengers and freight. So it is clear that rail has a major role to play as the least emitting means of mass public transport.

We are looking to work with our customers the operators in order to i) improve the attractiveness of rail (passenger comfort; matching supply to demand; seamless links to other modes; connectivity and information flow; network expansion etc.) ii) increase the rail network-km by accessing new financing sources iii) reduce further the environmental impact and the costs of rail. In particular, we welcome collaboration with the operators in order to pilot new technologies. We are looking for operators to express their sustainability requirements strongly in their requests for tender and to promote and reward innovations.

With the global population and road congestion rising; with the trend towards increased urbanisation; with the necessary focus of climate issues; we are convinced that the rail sector has a great future as a key element of global sustainable transport systems.

Biography

Henri Poupart-Lafarge has been Executive Vice President of Alstom since 2011. He was also President of Alstom Transport from 2011 until November 2015, at which time Alstom refocused on transport.

In 2010, Henri was appointed Executive Vice-President and President of Alstom Grid. From October 2004 to June 2010, he was Chief Financial Officer of Alstom and Member of the Executive Committee. From 2000 to 2004, he was Senior Vice President Finance for the Transmission and Distribution Sector. Henri joined Alstom in 1998.

Henri Poupart-Lafarge started his career in 1992 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before joining the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1994.

Born in France in 1969, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Interview with Lutz Bertling, President of Bombardier Transportation

As a railway supplier, what impact does COP21 have on your strategy?

COP21 is exemplary to the fact that governments are taking climate change and environmental protection seriously. Given the high contribution of the transport segment on environmental matters, COP21 will emphasize the importance of sustainable modes of transport to respond to the challenges of global climate change – and rail transport as a real provider of e-mobility will be in the focus. The discussions at COP21 will impact transportation policies and regulations, as governments and cities are facing increased public pressure to take action. As a consequence, we expect support for a modal shift towards rail combined with incentives for all railway suppliers to continue to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

Bombardier, as a global leader in rail technology, has put a clear emphasis on these two areas and has been leading the way for many years. So, I clearly see COP21 confirming and possibly accelerating our strategy.

It is indeed our utmost priority to support our customers and other stakeholders reaching global climate goals and increasing the attractiveness of rail. We are committed to delivering the most environmentally friendly mobility solutions in order to connect people while preserving our planet. We are increasingly investing in innovative and eco-friendly technologies to reach our ambitious target. This is embedded in our ECO4 initiative – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – which aims to reduce overall energy consumption by up to 50% compared to current solutions and to lower emissions by up to 80%.

In your research and development strategy, what actions are specifically influenced by the objectives of sustainable development and climate change?

At Bombardier, we are continuously pushing the boundaries. Environmental sustainability is a competitive differentiator for us and therefore an integral part of our product development and EcoDesign approach. As mentioned earlier, we significantly invest in research and technology to implement increasingly performing eco-friendly solutions throughout the rail sector. Close collaboration along the whole value chain is needed to reach global climate goals. From the early stages of our product development, we are working closely with public authorities, cities and rail operators to fulfil their demands and provide the most eco-efficient and sustainable products. More than ever, we work hand in hand with all our stakeholders to drive the modal shift from road to rail.

We also play a key role in Railsponsible, an industry initiative focusing on sustainable procurement practices. To meet our ambitious environmental targets, we will continue to strengthen our long-term partnerships with suppliers as well as universities to foster intensive research and successful collaboration in support of our innovation strategy. Already today, more than 95% of the materials in our rail vehicles are recoverable while recyclability of our products amounts to 93%. We will continue to use renewable resources and materials that are easier to separate and disassemble for a second life, as specified in our EcoDesign approach. Let me give you a few concrete examples:

Bombardier is the driving force in developing intermodal e-mobility solutions, helping operators to eliminate CO2 emissions and reduce operating costs. Our PRIMOVE inductive charging and energy storage technology, which has been developed for trams and light rail vehicles, is now being successfully implemented in buses and is about to become a standard in the car industry.

We are also setting new standards in reducing energy consumption for locomotives. Take our multi-engine diesel locomotives. Instead of one big engine and generator, we are using four smaller ones, but we are using only as many engines in operation as needed at a certain point in time, which brings energy consumption down to a totally different level. Our highly innovative generation of TRAXX AC locomotives features both a traction battery and a support diesel engine as part of its ‘Last Mile’ capability. This innovative technology enables the locomotive to run on non-electrified sections, completely independent of catenary or the support of diesel shunting locomotives, which means greater efficiency due to time and cost savings.

With our FLEXXTronic Bogie family, we increase the capacity of existing infrastructure and reduce noise, vibration and particle emissions while ensuring 30% reduction in mass compared with a conventional bogie.

So, thinking out of the box and questioning existing concepts are essential in making gradual changes in environmental friendliness combined with economic advantages.

What cooperation do you expect from rail operators in this context to ensure the success of trains in the future?

Ensuring the success of trains in the future, or ‘The Evolution of Mobility’ as we say at Bombardier, is about innovation and technology, but also about partnership and collaboration.

Rail operators are expecting value for their money, and they all have specific needs. At Bombardier, we are committed to delivering innovative products that are based on proven platforms and can be tailored to perfectly suit the individual needs of each of our customers. We build and maintain efficient mobility solutions that lower overall lifecycle costs and offer our customers the most competitive Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach. The more the customers employ a TCO approach in selecting their products for the future, the more environmentally friendly solutions will find their way into operation. Environmental friendliness and economic operations can be brought together perfectly in a TCO approach.

The future of mobility clearly needs thought leadership to properly address tomorrow’s challenges. Digitalisation will definitely help our industry to become more efficient and more eco-friendly. It requires an increased cooperation between rail operators and rail manufacturers.

For several years now, we have shifted our business proposal to rail operators from a pure train manufacturer into a solutions provider, engaging in long-term partnerships to drive together the improvements that are expected in terms of performance and eco-friendliness. Digitalisation, shared real-time access to data generated by the train in operation, and a resulting transformation of this data into information by data pattern recognition will allow us to continue to make significant progress in these areas.

Digitalisation will further allow us to move more towards automated train operation, thus increasing capacity significantly based on the existing infrastructure.

It is also key that we start our cooperation with rail operators, city planners, public authorities and other stakeholders at the earliest stages possible in order to identify and create the most sustainable mobility solutions.

Biography

Lutz Bertling has been President of Bombardier Transportation since June 2013 when he joined the company. He is also Chairman of the European Rail Industry Association UNIFE.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr Bertling accumulated a wealth of experience working for global aerospace and transportation businesses. Between 2006 and 2013, he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). Mr Bertling moved to Eurocopter in 2003 as Executive Vice President Governmental Helicopters. Before and since 1999, he has been Vice President Augsburg Plant and Aerostructure Programs in EADS’ Military Aircraft Business Unit (now part of Airbus Defence and Space).

Between 1993 and 1999, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Adtranz and DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems GmbH, today part of Bombardier Transportation, finally as Vice President System Development and Production Unit Carbody.

Mr Bertling studied Mechanical Engineering at Technical University (TU) Braunschweig, Germany. Upon completion of his studies in 1988, he joined the academic staff until he received his doctorate in 1993.

Mr Bertling is a member of the Presiding Board of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Senator of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and a member of the Atlantik Brücke association. Furthermore he is a Chevalier of the French Légion d’Honneur, honorary professor of the Tongji University Shanghai and a fellow of the Royal British Aeronautical Society.

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Invitation to workshop entitled « The End of Fossil Fuels » to be held on 13 November 2019 in Zürich

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the next workshop “The End of Fossil Fuels” that will be held on 13 November 2019 hosted by SBB in Zürich.

Background
Following the previous workshop that addressed the role of the infrastructure managers in traction energy transition, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by all stakeholders to push rail to full decarbonisation of traction energy.

It will therefore discuss alternatives to diesel traction and in particular, the hydrogen fuelling and battery charging innovations and their best combination with the railway network and rolling stock.

Ample time will also be dedicated during the day to exchanges and discussions between the speakers and the participants.

Workshop highlights:
11:00 – 17:00, Lunch: 12:35, Coffee Break 15:25

  • RZD and DB will talk about Biofuels
  • DB, SNCF and the Norwegian Railway Directorate about Future trains & alternatives for electrification
  • SBB about Energy storage
  • InfraBel and SNCF about tools/analyses to decide technology implementation
  • Dutch Ministry of Water, Traffic and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat (RWS))’s Government point of view

Registration and draft agenda
The draft agenda, practical information and registration form are available here:
https://events.uic.org/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

For more information contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

See the full article

Invitation to workshop entitled « The End of Fossil Fuels » to be held on 13 November 2019 in Zürich

]

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the next workshop “The End of Fossil Fuels” that will be held on 13 November 2019 hosted by SBB in Zürich.

Background
Following the previous workshop that addressed the role of the infrastructure managers in traction energy transition, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by all stakeholders to push rail to full decarbonisation of traction energy.

It will therefore discuss alternatives to diesel traction and in particular, the hydrogen fuelling and battery charging innovations and their best combination with the railway network and rolling stock.

Ample time will also be dedicated during the day to exchanges and discussions between the speakers and the participants.

Workshop highlights:
11:00 – 17:00, Lunch: 12:35, Coffee Break 15:25

  • RZD and DB will talk about Biofuels
  • DB, SNCF and the Norwegian Railway Directorate about Future trains & alternatives for electrification
  • SBB about Energy storage
  • InfraBel and SNCF about tools/analyses to decide technology implementation
  • Dutch Ministry of Water, Traffic and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat (RWS))’s Government point of view

Registration and draft agenda
The draft agenda, practical information and registration form are available here:
https://events.uic.org/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

For more information contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

See the full article

Invitation to workshop entitled « The End of Fossil Fuels » to be held on 13 November 2019 in Zürich

]

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the next workshop “The End of Fossil Fuels” that will be held on 13 November 2019 hosted by SBB in Zürich.

Background
Following the previous workshop that addressed the role of the infrastructure managers in traction energy transition, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by all stakeholders to push rail to full decarbonisation of traction energy.

It will therefore discuss alternatives to diesel traction and in particular, the hydrogen fuelling and battery charging innovations and their best combination with the railway network and rolling stock.

Ample time will also be dedicated during the day to exchanges and discussions between the speakers and the participants.

Workshop highlights:
11:00 – 17:00, Lunch: 12:35, Coffee Break 15:25

  • RZD and DB will talk about Biofuels
  • DB, SNCF and the Norwegian Railway Directorate about Future trains & alternatives for electrification
  • SBB about Energy storage
  • InfraBel and SNCF about tools/analyses to decide technology implementation
  • Dutch Ministry of Water, Traffic and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat (RWS))’s Government point of view

Registration and draft agenda
The draft agenda, practical information and registration form are available here:
https://events.uic.org/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

For more information contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

See the full article

Invitation to workshop entitled « The End of Fossil Fuels » to be held on 13 November 2019 in Zürich

]

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the next workshop “The End of Fossil Fuels” that will be held on 13 November 2019 hosted by SBB in Zürich.

Background
Following the previous workshop that addressed the role of the infrastructure managers in traction energy transition, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by all stakeholders to push rail to full decarbonisation of traction energy.

It will therefore discuss alternatives to diesel traction and in particular, the hydrogen fuelling and battery charging innovations and their best combination with the railway network and rolling stock.

Ample time will also be dedicated during the day to exchanges and discussions between the speakers and the participants.

Workshop highlights:
11:00 – 17:00, Lunch: 12:35, Coffee Break 15:25

  • RZD and DB will talk about Biofuels
  • DB, SNCF and the Norwegian Railway Directorate about Future trains & alternatives for electrification
  • SBB about Energy storage
  • InfraBel and SNCF about tools/analyses to decide technology implementation
  • Dutch Ministry of Water, Traffic and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat (RWS))’s Government point of view

Registration and draft agenda
The draft agenda, practical information and registration form are available here:
https://events.uic.org/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

For more information contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

See the full article

Invitation to workshop entitled “The End of Fossil Fuels” to be held on 13 November 2019 in Zürich

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the next workshop “The End of Fossil Fuels” that will be held on 13 November 2019 hosted by SBB in Zürich.

Background
Following the previous workshop that addressed the role of the infrastructure managers in traction energy transition, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by all stakeholders to push rail to full decarbonisation of traction energy.

It will therefore discuss alternatives to diesel traction and in particular, the hydrogen fuelling and battery charging innovations and their best combination with the railway network and rolling stock.

Ample time will also be dedicated during the day to exchanges and discussions between the speakers and the participants.

Workshop highlights:

  • Biofuels
  • Future trains & alternatives for electrification
  • Energy storage
  • Tools/methodology to select the appropriate technology
  • Government’s point of view

Registration and draft agenda
The draft agenda, practical information and registration form are available here:
https://events.uic.org/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

For more information contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

See the full article

Italy: The future is green

An article was published on 30 May in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, under the headline La Freccia Verde, dedicated to the “Triumph of the train, clean and resilient in times of crises” and the environmental challenge launched by Italian State Railways: “97%-recyclable convoys, one-third energy savings, agreements with Research Centres and companies for sustainable mobility.”

“The FS Italiane Group’s watchword is sustainability,” understood in the triple sense of environmental, economic and social, applied to increasingly green mobility. “In 2017, the company joined the UN Global Compact,” whilst the Group’s strategy is entirely focused on green engagement, one of the pillars of the 2019-2023 Business Plan. There are three “long-term goals: to reach zero mortality events (for travellers and staff) by 2050; to become carbon neutral (by 2050, reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, down 1.6% from 2018); and finally - with the item Sustainable Mobility - the objective of a 5% shift from private vehicle to shared and low-impact public transport by 2030 (15% by 2050) compared with 2015, for 50-50 road and train transport for goods by 2050 (for distances greater than 300 km).”

As FS Chief Executive Officer Gianfranco Battisti confirms, “It is essential to make sustainable action the true driver of development and the creation of value for all stakeholders and for the national system.” In a moment of rebirth post Covid-19, Italian State Railways has put in place “an accelerated investment plan, to enhance collective and low-impact mobility”, also through digital transformation.
“Now, the challenge is to replicate the success of high speed in regional transport as well,” with the fleet to be renewed within five years. The Rock and Pop trains exactly meet the Group’s strategic sustainability objectives, being recyclable up to 97% and with energy savings of one-third less than trains of the previous generation.

“In Italy, high-speed travel has produced similar effects along the Turin-Naples line and now that the Frecciarossa trains are reaching as far as Reggio Calabria the first time, these effects will extend even further south,” continues the Corriere. This is also confirmed by the words of CEO Battisti, who stresses that “the arrival of Frecciarossa will contribute to the restart and revival of the economy and tourism sector of Calabria and the entire South Italy.”

The FS Group is increasingly projected towards international markets and in the expansive investment project, “they play an important role in the green bond (issued in 2019 at a value of 700 million euro), financing the purchase of new passengers and freight trains in full respect of the sustainability objectives.”

Set to arrive soon are hybrid trains, powered by diesel engines and able to switch from electrical power to the combustion engine, reducing consumption.

With 2020 being the European Year of Rail under the EU’s green agenda, the Corriere concluded by sharing that declared by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Valean: “There’s no doubt that railway transport means huge benefits in most areas: sustainability, safety, even speed, once it’s organised and engineered according to 21st-century principles.”

(Source: FS)

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Italy: The future is green

An article was published on 30 May in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, under the headline La Freccia Verde, dedicated to the “Triumph of the train, clean and resilient in times of crises” and the environmental challenge launched by Italian State Railways: “97%-recyclable convoys, one-third energy savings, agreements with Research Centres and companies for sustainable mobility.”

“The FS Italiane Group’s watchword is sustainability,” understood in the triple sense of environmental, economic and social, applied to increasingly green mobility. “In 2017, the company joined the UN Global Compact,” whilst the Group’s strategy is entirely focused on green engagement, one of the pillars of the 2019-2023 Business Plan. There are three “long-term goals: to reach zero mortality events (for travellers and staff) by 2050; to become carbon neutral (by 2050, reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, down 1.6% from 2018); and finally - with the item Sustainable Mobility - the objective of a 5% shift from private vehicle to shared and low-impact public transport by 2030 (15% by 2050) compared with 2015, for 50-50 road and train transport for goods by 2050 (for distances greater than 300 km).”

As FS Chief Executive Officer Gianfranco Battisti confirms, “It is essential to make sustainable action the true driver of development and the creation of value for all stakeholders and for the national system.” In a moment of rebirth post Covid-19, Italian State Railways has put in place “an accelerated investment plan, to enhance collective and low-impact mobility”, also through digital transformation.
“Now, the challenge is to replicate the success of high speed in regional transport as well,” with the fleet to be renewed within five years. The Rock and Pop trains exactly meet the Group’s strategic sustainability objectives, being recyclable up to 97% and with energy savings of one-third less than trains of the previous generation.

“In Italy, high-speed travel has produced similar effects along the Turin-Naples line and now that the Frecciarossa trains are reaching as far as Reggio Calabria the first time, these effects will extend even further south,” continues the Corriere. This is also confirmed by the words of CEO Battisti, who stresses that “the arrival of Frecciarossa will contribute to the restart and revival of the economy and tourism sector of Calabria and the entire South Italy.”

The FS Group is increasingly projected towards international markets and in the expansive investment project, “they play an important role in the green bond (issued in 2019 at a value of 700 million euro), financing the purchase of new passengers and freight trains in full respect of the sustainability objectives.”

Set to arrive soon are hybrid trains, powered by diesel engines and able to switch from electrical power to the combustion engine, reducing consumption.

With 2020 being the European Year of Rail under the EU’s green agenda, the Corriere concluded by sharing that declared by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Valean: “There’s no doubt that railway transport means huge benefits in most areas: sustainability, safety, even speed, once it’s organised and engineered according to 21st-century principles.”

(Source: FS)

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Italy: The future is green

]

An article was published on 30 May in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, under the headline La Freccia Verde, dedicated to the “Triumph of the train, clean and resilient in times of crises” and the environmental challenge launched by Italian State Railways: “97%-recyclable convoys, one-third energy savings, agreements with Research Centres and companies for sustainable mobility.”

“The FS Italiane Group’s watchword is sustainability,” understood in the triple sense of environmental, economic and social, applied to increasingly green mobility. “In 2017, the company joined the UN Global Compact,” whilst the Group’s strategy is entirely focused on green engagement, one of the pillars of the 2019-2023 Business Plan. There are three “long-term goals: to reach zero mortality events (for travellers and staff) by 2050; to become carbon neutral (by 2050, reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, down 1.6% from 2018); and finally - with the item Sustainable Mobility - the objective of a 5% shift from private vehicle to shared and low-impact public transport by 2030 (15% by 2050) compared with 2015, for 50-50 road and train transport for goods by 2050 (for distances greater than 300 km).”

As FS Chief Executive Officer Gianfranco Battisti confirms, “It is essential to make sustainable action the true driver of development and the creation of value for all stakeholders and for the national system.” In a moment of rebirth post Covid-19, Italian State Railways has put in place “an accelerated investment plan, to enhance collective and low-impact mobility”, also through digital transformation.
“Now, the challenge is to replicate the success of high speed in regional transport as well,” with the fleet to be renewed within five years. The Rock and Pop trains exactly meet the Group’s strategic sustainability objectives, being recyclable up to 97% and with energy savings of one-third less than trains of the previous generation.

“In Italy, high-speed travel has produced similar effects along the Turin-Naples line and now that the Frecciarossa trains are reaching as far as Reggio Calabria the first time, these effects will extend even further south,” continues the Corriere. This is also confirmed by the words of CEO Battisti, who stresses that “the arrival of Frecciarossa will contribute to the restart and revival of the economy and tourism sector of Calabria and the entire South Italy.”

The FS Group is increasingly projected towards international markets and in the expansive investment project, “they play an important role in the green bond (issued in 2019 at a value of 700 million euro), financing the purchase of new passengers and freight trains in full respect of the sustainability objectives.”

Set to arrive soon are hybrid trains, powered by diesel engines and able to switch from electrical power to the combustion engine, reducing consumption.

With 2020 being the European Year of Rail under the EU’s green agenda, the Corriere concluded by sharing that declared by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Valean: “There’s no doubt that railway transport means huge benefits in most areas: sustainability, safety, even speed, once it’s organised and engineered according to 21st-century principles.”

(Source: FS)

See the full article

Italy: The future is green

]

An article was published on 30 May in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, under the headline La Freccia Verde, dedicated to the “Triumph of the train, clean and resilient in times of crises” and the environmental challenge launched by Italian State Railways: “97%-recyclable convoys, one-third energy savings, agreements with Research Centres and companies for sustainable mobility.”

“The FS Italiane Group’s watchword is sustainability,” understood in the triple sense of environmental, economic and social, applied to increasingly green mobility. “In 2017, the company joined the UN Global Compact,” whilst the Group’s strategy is entirely focused on green engagement, one of the pillars of the 2019-2023 Business Plan. There are three “long-term goals: to reach zero mortality events (for travellers and staff) by 2050; to become carbon neutral (by 2050, reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, down 1.6% from 2018); and finally - with the item Sustainable Mobility - the objective of a 5% shift from private vehicle to shared and low-impact public transport by 2030 (15% by 2050) compared with 2015, for 50-50 road and train transport for goods by 2050 (for distances greater than 300 km).”

As FS Chief Executive Officer Gianfranco Battisti confirms, “It is essential to make sustainable action the true driver of development and the creation of value for all stakeholders and for the national system.” In a moment of rebirth post Covid-19, Italian State Railways has put in place “an accelerated investment plan, to enhance collective and low-impact mobility”, also through digital transformation.
“Now, the challenge is to replicate the success of high speed in regional transport as well,” with the fleet to be renewed within five years. The Rock and Pop trains exactly meet the Group’s strategic sustainability objectives, being recyclable up to 97% and with energy savings of one-third less than trains of the previous generation.

“In Italy, high-speed travel has produced similar effects along the Turin-Naples line and now that the Frecciarossa trains are reaching as far as Reggio Calabria the first time, these effects will extend even further south,” continues the Corriere. This is also confirmed by the words of CEO Battisti, who stresses that “the arrival of Frecciarossa will contribute to the restart and revival of the economy and tourism sector of Calabria and the entire South Italy.”

The FS Group is increasingly projected towards international markets and in the expansive investment project, “they play an important role in the green bond (issued in 2019 at a value of 700 million euro), financing the purchase of new passengers and freight trains in full respect of the sustainability objectives.”

Set to arrive soon are hybrid trains, powered by diesel engines and able to switch from electrical power to the combustion engine, reducing consumption.

With 2020 being the European Year of Rail under the EU’s green agenda, the Corriere concluded by sharing that declared by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Valean: “There’s no doubt that railway transport means huge benefits in most areas: sustainability, safety, even speed, once it’s organised and engineered according to 21st-century principles.”

(Source: FS)

See the full article

Italy: The future is green

]

An article was published on 30 May in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, under the headline La Freccia Verde, dedicated to the “Triumph of the train, clean and resilient in times of crises” and the environmental challenge launched by Italian State Railways: “97%-recyclable convoys, one-third energy savings, agreements with Research Centres and companies for sustainable mobility.”

“The FS Italiane Group’s watchword is sustainability,” understood in the triple sense of environmental, economic and social, applied to increasingly green mobility. “In 2017, the company joined the UN Global Compact,” whilst the Group’s strategy is entirely focused on green engagement, one of the pillars of the 2019-2023 Business Plan. There are three “long-term goals: to reach zero mortality events (for travellers and staff) by 2050; to become carbon neutral (by 2050, reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, down 1.6% from 2018); and finally - with the item Sustainable Mobility - the objective of a 5% shift from private vehicle to shared and low-impact public transport by 2030 (15% by 2050) compared with 2015, for 50-50 road and train transport for goods by 2050 (for distances greater than 300 km).”

As FS Chief Executive Officer Gianfranco Battisti confirms, “It is essential to make sustainable action the true driver of development and the creation of value for all stakeholders and for the national system.” In a moment of rebirth post Covid-19, Italian State Railways has put in place “an accelerated investment plan, to enhance collective and low-impact mobility”, also through digital transformation.
“Now, the challenge is to replicate the success of high speed in regional transport as well,” with the fleet to be renewed within five years. The Rock and Pop trains exactly meet the Group’s strategic sustainability objectives, being recyclable up to 97% and with energy savings of one-third less than trains of the previous generation.

“In Italy, high-speed travel has produced similar effects along the Turin-Naples line and now that the Frecciarossa trains are reaching as far as Reggio Calabria the first time, these effects will extend even further south,” continues the Corriere. This is also confirmed by the words of CEO Battisti, who stresses that “the arrival of Frecciarossa will contribute to the restart and revival of the economy and tourism sector of Calabria and the entire South Italy.”

The FS Group is increasingly projected towards international markets and in the expansive investment project, “they play an important role in the green bond (issued in 2019 at a value of 700 million euro), financing the purchase of new passengers and freight trains in full respect of the sustainability objectives.”

Set to arrive soon are hybrid trains, powered by diesel engines and able to switch from electrical power to the combustion engine, reducing consumption.

With 2020 being the European Year of Rail under the EU’s green agenda, the Corriere concluded by sharing that declared by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Valean: “There’s no doubt that railway transport means huge benefits in most areas: sustainability, safety, even speed, once it’s organised and engineered according to 21st-century principles.”

(Source: FS)

See the full article

Italy: The future is green

]

An article was published on 30 May in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, under the headline La Freccia Verde, dedicated to the “Triumph of the train, clean and resilient in times of crises” and the environmental challenge launched by Italian State Railways: “97%-recyclable convoys, one-third energy savings, agreements with Research Centres and companies for sustainable mobility.”

“The FS Italiane Group’s watchword is sustainability,” understood in the triple sense of environmental, economic and social, applied to increasingly green mobility. “In 2017, the company joined the UN Global Compact,” whilst the Group’s strategy is entirely focused on green engagement, one of the pillars of the 2019-2023 Business Plan. There are three “long-term goals: to reach zero mortality events (for travellers and staff) by 2050; to become carbon neutral (by 2050, reducing carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2019, down 1.6% from 2018); and finally - with the item Sustainable Mobility - the objective of a 5% shift from private vehicle to shared and low-impact public transport by 2030 (15% by 2050) compared with 2015, for 50-50 road and train transport for goods by 2050 (for distances greater than 300 km).”

As FS Chief Executive Officer Gianfranco Battisti confirms, “It is essential to make sustainable action the true driver of development and the creation of value for all stakeholders and for the national system.” In a moment of rebirth post Covid-19, Italian State Railways has put in place “an accelerated investment plan, to enhance collective and low-impact mobility”, also through digital transformation.
“Now, the challenge is to replicate the success of high speed in regional transport as well,” with the fleet to be renewed within five years. The Rock and Pop trains exactly meet the Group’s strategic sustainability objectives, being recyclable up to 97% and with energy savings of one-third less than trains of the previous generation.

“In Italy, high-speed travel has produced similar effects along the Turin-Naples line and now that the Frecciarossa trains are reaching as far as Reggio Calabria the first time, these effects will extend even further south,” continues the Corriere. This is also confirmed by the words of CEO Battisti, who stresses that “the arrival of Frecciarossa will contribute to the restart and revival of the economy and tourism sector of Calabria and the entire South Italy.”

The FS Group is increasingly projected towards international markets and in the expansive investment project, “they play an important role in the green bond (issued in 2019 at a value of 700 million euro), financing the purchase of new passengers and freight trains in full respect of the sustainability objectives.”

Set to arrive soon are hybrid trains, powered by diesel engines and able to switch from electrical power to the combustion engine, reducing consumption.

With 2020 being the European Year of Rail under the EU’s green agenda, the Corriere concluded by sharing that declared by the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina-Ioana Valean: “There’s no doubt that railway transport means huge benefits in most areas: sustainability, safety, even speed, once it’s organised and engineered according to 21st-century principles.”

(Source: FS)

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Italy: Zero impact railway stations thanks to the GreenHub project

Zero impact railway stations with the GreenHub project. The objective is to combine environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, innovative technology and new services for travellers and visitors.

GreenHub is a pilot project aimed at making stations of the future a unique green space in which innovative technologies studied by Italian and international start-ups will coexist both inside and outside the building.

In September 2018, Rapallo will be the first GreenHub railway station and will become a case study for technicians and industry experts. The station will in fact host the multi-source Dynamo installation, developed by start-up Verde 21 in collaboration with three other new companies, which will offer new services to passengers using energy produced from renewable sources.

Travelers will have benches with integrated sockets for charging tablets and smartphones as well as an access point with Wi-Fi connectivity. Geolocalized information will be available through specific displays. Furthermore, in the near future, recharging stations for electric bicycles and electric scooters will be installed in areas outside the station.

Dynamo integrates technological products from various Italian start-ups. Verde 21 will accumulate and supply the renewable energy collected by traditional photovoltaic panels and by special transparent photovoltaic panels produced by start-up Glass To Power. For the accumulation of additional electricity, adopting the same technology in different permutations, the area will be paved with walkable photovoltaic panels made by start-up Platio. With start-up U-Earth’s technology, air will be monitored and purified in real time. The integrated approach will thus allow the development of a new technological concept that generates synergies between large and small companies.

As evidence of the FS Italiane Group’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility, Dynamo will be the fulcrum of a true green area, given that the space in which it is rising will be characterized by the use of recycled and recyclable materials. Travelers in transit will appreciate the versatility of the pyramid-shaped establishment, in perfect harmony between sustainability, technology and aesthetics. Among the materials used, wood, aluminium and steel stand out.

The innovative GreenHub technology project, on which the FS Italiane Group is working, through its companies Rete Ferroviaria Italiana and Italferr, and in collaboration with Sirti, as part of Elis Consortium’s Open Italy 2018, is a programme that aims to combine the need for innovation from large companies with the need for growth of start-ups.

(Source: FS)

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Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on cross-border railway transport

The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Organisation for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD) issued a joint statement on 15 May 2020 agreeing to coordinated efforts for the continued facilitation of railway supply chains and to mitigate the overall impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our societies.

As a result of Covid-19’s impact on the railway industry, some railway companies are confronted with challenges in preparing and collecting paper-based documents required for Customs procedures in international railway transport. In this context, the heads encourage Customs administrations to facilitate railway transport by temporarily accepting electronic documents and deferring the requirement for paper-based documents until a later stage, if necessary, as stipulated in the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, OTIF Secretary General Wolfgang Küpper, and OSJD Chairman of OSJD Committee Tadeusz Szozda expressed their readiness to support their respective Members in the implementation of relevant instruments, tools and programmes in order to ensure the continuity and facilitation of international railway transport.

The full statement is available at : http://www.wcoomd.org/-/media/wco/public/global/pdf/media/press-release/2020/wco-otif-osjd_joint_statement.pdf?db=web

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Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on cross-border railway transport

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The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Organisation for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD) issued a joint statement on 15 May 2020 agreeing to coordinated efforts for the continued facilitation of railway supply chains and to mitigate the overall impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our societies.

As a result of Covid-19’s impact on the railway industry, some railway companies are confronted with challenges in preparing and collecting paper-based documents required for Customs procedures in international railway transport. In this context, the heads encourage Customs administrations to facilitate railway transport by temporarily accepting electronic documents and deferring the requirement for paper-based documents until a later stage, if necessary, as stipulated in the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, OTIF Secretary General Wolfgang Küpper, and OSJD Chairman of OSJD Committee Tadeusz Szozda expressed their readiness to support their respective Members in the implementation of relevant instruments, tools and programmes in order to ensure the continuity and facilitation of international railway transport.

The full statement is available at : http://otif.org/fileadmin/new/5-Media/5A-News/2020/WCO-OTIF-OSJD_Joint_Statement.pdf

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Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on cross-border railway transport

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The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Organisation for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD) issued a joint statement on 15 May 2020 agreeing to coordinated efforts for the continued facilitation of railway supply chains and to mitigate the overall impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our societies.

As a result of Covid-19’s impact on the railway industry, some railway companies are confronted with challenges in preparing and collecting paper-based documents required for Customs procedures in international railway transport. In this context, the heads encourage Customs administrations to facilitate railway transport by temporarily accepting electronic documents and deferring the requirement for paper-based documents until a later stage, if necessary, as stipulated in the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, OTIF Secretary General Wolfgang Küpper, and OSJD Chairman of OSJD Committee Tadeusz Szozda expressed their readiness to support their respective Members in the implementation of relevant instruments, tools and programmes in order to ensure the continuity and facilitation of international railway transport.

The full statement is available at : http://otif.org/fileadmin/new/5-Media/5A-News/2020/WCO-OTIF-OSJD_Joint_Statement.pdf

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Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on cross-border railway transport

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The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Organisation for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD) issued a joint statement on 15 May 2020 agreeing to coordinated efforts for the continued facilitation of railway supply chains and to mitigate the overall impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our societies.

As a result of Covid-19’s impact on the railway industry, some railway companies are confronted with challenges in preparing and collecting paper-based documents required for Customs procedures in international railway transport. In this context, the heads encourage Customs administrations to facilitate railway transport by temporarily accepting electronic documents and deferring the requirement for paper-based documents until a later stage, if necessary, as stipulated in the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, OTIF Secretary General Wolfgang Küpper, and OSJD Chairman of OSJD Committee Tadeusz Szozda expressed their readiness to support their respective Members in the implementation of relevant instruments, tools and programmes in order to ensure the continuity and facilitation of international railway transport.

The full statement is available at : http://otif.org/fileadmin/new/5-Media/5A-News/2020/WCO-OTIF-OSJD_Joint_Statement.pdf

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Joint WCO-OTIF-OSJD statement on responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on cross-border railway transport

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The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Organisation for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD) issued a joint statement on 15 May 2020 agreeing to coordinated efforts for the continued facilitation of railway supply chains and to mitigate the overall impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our societies.

As a result of Covid-19’s impact on the railway industry, some railway companies are confronted with challenges in preparing and collecting paper-based documents required for Customs procedures in international railway transport. In this context, the heads encourage Customs administrations to facilitate railway transport by temporarily accepting electronic documents and deferring the requirement for paper-based documents until a later stage, if necessary, as stipulated in the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, OTIF Secretary General Wolfgang Küpper, and OSJD Chairman of OSJD Committee Tadeusz Szozda expressed their readiness to support their respective Members in the implementation of relevant instruments, tools and programmes in order to ensure the continuity and facilitation of international railway transport.

The full statement is available at : http://otif.org/fileadmin/new/5-Media/5A-News/2020/WCO-OTIF-OSJD_Joint_Statement.pdf

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Key messages not to forget from the rail sector

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While the COP21 discussions are still underway, here’s a reminder to remember the key messages of the worldwide campaign “Train to Paris” coordinated by UIC on behalf of its members.

You can find these messages and more information on the contribution of rail as a solution in the fight against climate change on the site “Train to Paris”: http://traintoparis.org/

You will find among others:

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Korean rail environment experts visit UIC to share railway environment research & technology development

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On 21 June 2011, a team of Korean railway researchers led by Dr JUNG Woo-Sung, head of Eco Railroad Research at KRRI, visited UIC HQ, and exchanged knowledge on state-of-the-art technology and research in the field of railway environment.

Dr LEE Jae-Young, Senior Researcher at KRRI, along with Mr HWANG In-Hwan, Senior Researcher at KRNA, presented on-going research projects applying novel methodologies to calculate the carbon footprint during the course of railway construction and minimise subsequent CO2 emissions.

From UIC, Mr Henning Schwarz, Head of Sustainable Development, Mr Alex Veitch, Senior Advisor, and Mr Paolo Contestabile, Senior Advisor, presented a number of UIC-coordinated European projects including ECO-Passenger, ARISCC and INFRAGUIDER.

During two pre-arranged consecutive meetings, both parties agreed to exchange knowledge on state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies, and promote further collaboration and projects including expert meetings.

UIC Asia appreciates all contributions from speakers and participants, and welcomes the development of regional and inter-regional collaborations.

For more information please contact Ho Kwon CHO, UIC Senior Advisor for Institutional Relations: cho at uic.org

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Last chance to register for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

schut at uic.org

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Latest documents and updates in Energy Efficiency and Carbon Performance

The monitoring of progress towards the UIC-CER Sustainable Mobility targets was published last week. The document ‘2016 Report’ of the ‘Environmental Strategy Reporting System’ includes a full monitoring of the indicators on Climate Protection, Energy Efficiency and Exhaust Emissions.

This monitoring process was possible thanks to the contributions of the UIC members and the active involvement of the Energy Efficiency and CO2 experts’ network and the technical support of the Sustainable Development Foundation based in Rome.

In terms of the main results, the specific energy consumption has been reduced by 20.4% in the passenger sector and by 25.9% in the freight sector from 1990 to 2014 matching the linear trend to reach the 2030 targets.

Regarding the specific CO2 emissions, the passenger sector presents a results in a Market-based approach of 45% reduction in the period 1990-2014, while they decreased by 37% according to the Location-based approach. Both the performances are in line with the target, being below the expected “linear” value for 2014 (-35%).

In the case of the freight sector, specific CO2 emissions decreased by 50% from 1990 to 2014 considering the market-based approach, and by 46% considering the location-based approach. Both of them correspond to a higher reduction than the expected “linear” value for 2014 (35%).

Regarding exhaust emissions, total particulate matter (PM) emissions have been reduced by about 30% in 2014 from the 2005 baseline, which is about 15% more than the linear performance expected in 2014, and total nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions have been reduced by 40% in 2014 from the 2005 baseline, 26% more than the expected linear performance.

The report is available for members of UIC Extranet at this link:

http://extranet.uic.org/index.php?tg=addon%2F42%2Flogin&msg=You+must+be+logged+in+to+access+this+page.&err

This information has been used to update the Eco-Passenger environmental impacts calculator (http://ecopassenger.org/bin/query.exe/en?L=vs_uic), which launched the new updated version of the methodology and implemented the latest data from railway environmental performance.

The latest update of the tool including a version for smart-phones operatives systems, allows improves the usability for 25% of users visiting EcoPassenger.org from mobiles and tablets. The users of the tool include 60% of visitors aged between 18 and 35 years and one third of visitors are from the Netherlands and Italy. The layout and usability update performed in November 2015 enables four times as many users to visit the website (see eNews 493 for further details).

In addition, a new UIC report on “Technologies and Potential Developments for Energy Efficiency and CO2 reduction in Rail Systems” has been published on the UIC website:http://uic.org/IMG/pdf/_27_technologies_and_potential_developments_for_energy_efficiency_and_co2_reductions_in_rail_systems._uic_in_colaboration.pdf

The report, produced by UIC with the technical support of the Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE), includes the main measures and actions available to improve energy and carbon efficiency in the railways.

The document highlights the potential of making energy improvements in the mid-term, including a revision of the latest research on energy reduction. The document also analyses the best practices carried out by rail companies to encourage energy efficiency.

According to all the possible actions to improve energy efficiency, the study concludes by stating that the 2030 rail sector as a whole has potential in using existing technologies to make improvements of 20 to 30% of energy consumptions and carbon emissions.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor of Energy and CO2:

castanares at uic.org

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Meeting of the Working Group to update UIC Leaflet 930

On 23 and 24 May, the Working Group on the Update of UIC Leaflet 930 held a two-day meeting at Adif offices in Madrid, aiming to adapt the document to the latest progress on the topic of energy consumption information exchange.

UIC leaflet 930 “Exchange of data for cross-border railway energy settlement” was published in November 2009, within the framework of the Energy Billing Project.

The main purposes of UIC leaflet 930 are to:

  • Describe the processes and protocols used for the exchange of energy consumption data between Infrastructure Managers, which by respecting existing national systems thereby contribute to an improvement in European railway sector interoperability.
  • Define the technical requirements for the checking and verification of this data.
  • Allow Railway Undertakings to identify their genuine energy consumption and therefore pay exactly what is consumed; associate the consumption of each train to the bill and the energy price (including existing models) which will finally lead to energy savings.

Over 30 participants, representing main European railways, joined the two-day meeting discussing the possible options for updating the digital language used for communications, the role model included in the leaflet and other topics related to the exchange of information on electricity consumption in tunnels and borders.

The working group set a plan for the next meetings analysing the different aspects of the update and the possibilities of converting the leaflet into an International Railway Standard (IRS).

More information of the leaflet and Energy billing is available on the UIC website.

For further information about next meetings please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2: castanares at uic.org

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Message by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, following congratulations received after his nomination as Member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advise and provide recommendations on Sustainable Transport

‘Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,

Since the information was released last summer about my nomination as member of the High- Level Advisory Group to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have received so many messages from all of you. With this open answer I want to thank you collectively. This is indeed a very prominent recognition of the role that UIC can play in the promotion of rail and sustainable transport in modern societies at global level. I feel honoured by this nomination and honoured by your recognition. You can rest assured that on top of all the other activities and responsibilities that UIC is organising and facing for you, I will dedicate myself to represent the rail sector in the best way at the service of our community worldwide. Most cordially to all of you and see you very soon. ’

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Message of thanks from the “Train to Paris” team

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Last Saturday, “Train to Paris” climaxed at UIC HQ and throughout Europe as trains arrived bringing delegations to the COP21 negotiations.

Numerous stakeholders have been involved and UIC would like to thank in particular the organisational team, the UIC staff, speakers involved in the high-level event discussions, our sponsors ERA and UNIFE.
This campaign would not have been possible without the support and hard work of the railways involved: DB, NS, Thalys, FS, CP, RZD as well as major French transport actors, SNCF and RATP.

The high-level event at UIC was a success thanks to the contribution of various providers: Mahola, Digital Essence, Images Pro, EV Corp, Antoine Jézéquel et Philippe Fraysseix, Julie Boileau, Marc Fauvelle, Axiom-Graphic, Arum, Thierry Marx and Cuisine mode d’emploi, the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower hotel.

Special thanks to our media partners and journalists: Neoplanète, Eurailmag, Jura, la Vie du Rail, Minirex AG, Railway Gazette international, Railway Pro, The RZD partner international, The Verb, Think railways, Via Libre, For Jernbane, Valeurs vertes, IRJ, as well as Pierre Tessier who embarked on the Transsiberian journey.

We wish the COP21 negotiations every success and take this opportunity to express our deepest thanks to UNFCCC and UNEP for their role in this campaign that continues with COP21 and beyond. We wish to continue acting together in the future, to promote rail as a one of the solutions to fight climate change.

Let’s continue our journey, let’s build a more sustainable future! On the low carbon track!

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Moving low-carbon transportation forward at COP24

One focus area of discussions at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice (COP24, 2-14 December) will be on the importance of swiftly transitioning to low-carbon transport to address the impact of climate change.

The transportation sector has seen faster emissions growth than any other over the last 50 years. Transport is responsible for 23% of the global energy-related carbon emissions and is a major source of air pollution. Research from C40 Cities shows that the improvement of public transport could prevent the premature deaths of nearly one million people per year from air pollution and traffic fatalities worldwide.

The sector has a huge opportunity to promote solutions to climate change and leaders will be showcasing best practices at COP24. For example, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) will advocate for more and better public transport and sustainable rail mobility.

E-mobility will also be one of the main topics under discussion at COP24. Ahead of the conference, Michał Kurtyka, President of COP24, presented the “Driving Change Together Partnership”, a new initiative for the development of zero-emission transport.

A modal shift to fight climate change
Poland has already gathered experience in implementing legislation and projects linked to electromobility, including through a program implemented by UITP. Since 2013, the global network of public transport stakeholders has coordinated the “Zero Emission Urban Bus System” (ZeEUS), aimed at testing electrification solutions at the heart of urban bus system networks through live demonstrations.

This year, the project organizers shared their results in the Polish capital and nine other cities. In Warsaw, it was demonstrated that electric buses are fully substitutable for their diesel counterparts on the same route, bus line 222, which passes through the congested center as well as the historic part of the city. Local bus operator MZA aims to keep pursuing the zero-emission path started with the program by expanding its fleet to 30 electric buses in 2018 and purchasing 130 e-buses between 2019 and 2020.

ZeEUS and other projects demonstrate UITP’s support to national commitments and implementation on public transport which will allow countries to be more ambitious on climate change in support of the Paris Agreement. By signing UITP’s Declaration on Climate Leadership, the sector has committed to support the doubling of the market share of public transport by 2025 and pledged over 350 projects to climate action in over 80 cities around the world.

Rail transportation on the low carbon track
UIC, a worldwide rail organisation with 240 members spanning five continents, already demonstrated climate leadership by launching its Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge at COP21 in 2015.

Total worldwide rail activity generates less than 5% of energy-related carbon emissions from transport, which shows that rail can also be a key part of the solution to the climate challenge.

During COP24, PKP, Poland’s railway operator and a member of UIC, will present an exhibition at the train station of Katowice to demonstrate ecological solutions available on its railway, such as electric vehicle charging stations, a hybrid locomotive and a mobile charging station.

“2018 brought great opportunities and partnerships for the railway sector around innovation to lower rail’s environmental impact and door to door solutions to support a modal shift. It also brought encouraging results as UIC members happen to be well ahead of our time to answer great challenges faced by the industry such as lower greenhouse gas emissions” said UIC Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. “Let’s hope this 2018 Conference of Parties will be a great opportunity to further increase rail attractiveness and show how rail is one of the most sustainable modes of transport.”

UITP and UIC events at COP24
UITP and UIC will take part in the following events on public transportation and sustainable development in the rail sector:

  • “Global Climate Action – Action Event: Transport” / December 7th / 15:00-18:00 / GCA Action Hub
  • “Policy Pathways for Decarbonising Transport” / December 7th / 18:30-20:00 / Pieniny

In parallel, UITP and UIC will also participate in the COP 24 Transport Day, jointly organized by the European Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on behalf of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), and hosted and supported by the City of Katowice:

  • Transport Day COP24 - Breakout Session 1A: “Electrification of Public Transport” & Breakout Session 1C: “Adaptation: Adapting to new climate in the transport sector” / December 6th / 11:30-12:45 / Miejski Dom Kultury”, ul. Markiefki 44a, 40-213 Katowice

UITP will also conduct a public awareness campaign at COP24 in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to highlight the role that public transportation can play to protect the health of urban populations.

“UITP will continue to work with our members, sectoral colleagues and all interested parties to advocate for sustainable mobility. Public transport needs three to four times less energy (per passenger) than individual cars and moves people in greater numbers. Thus, we can reduce emissions and fight climate change together. UITP looks ahead to COP24 to work with our partners in making the case for the role of public transport in climate action”, said UITP Secretary General, Mohamed Mezghani.

About partnerships between UN Climate Change and non-Party stakeholders
The partnership with UITP and UIC is part of a series of partnerships between UN Climate Change and relevant stakeholders to support climate action. The partnerships for COP24 promote increased involvement of non-Party stakeholders as foreseen in the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA).

The MPGCA was a launched at COP22 by the Conference of the Parties, explicitly welcoming climate action of all non-Party stakeholders, including the private sector, to help implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. All entities of society and business are strongly encouraged to scale up their efforts and support actions to reduce emissions, as well as to build resilience and decrease vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change.

More information is available here https://unfccc.int/about-us/partnerships

(Source: UNFCCC)

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Negotiators arrive in Paris by train as part of the “Train to Paris” international campaign in view of COP21

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a message to the railway sector

The international rail sector hands over the “Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge” signed by 66 railways as an initial contribution to the COP 21 negotiation process

On 28 November several trains carrying representatives and special guests to the COP21 Climate Conference arrived in Paris from several countries including China, Mongolia, Russia and various European countries that were part of the international “Train to Paris” campaign coordinated by UIC on behalf of the worldwide railway community.

This campaign, backed by UNFCCC and UNEP, is personally supported by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who delivered a video message to the worldwide railway community, saying that:

I commend the organisers of the Train to Paris project for bringing government representatives, and business and civil society leaders to Paris using sustainable, low carbon rail transport. We have come across Asia and Europe for one common purpose: to forge a meaningful, durable agreement to limit climate change and strengthen resilience to this impact."

The “Train to Paris” campaign marks the contribution of the railway sector to the issue of climate change. This initiative is to publicly demonstrate that rail transport is a solution for a sustainable and carbon free mobility.
On the same day, a high level panel was held at the Paris headquarters of the International Union of Railways with a number of participants and speakers representing international organisations and institutions, UIC Member Railways, associations, the rail supply industry, media,...

The main aim of the event was the handing over of the “Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge”, as a concrete commitment from the railway community signed by 66 railways worldwide. The Pledge was handed over by UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux to Mr Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy to the President of the French Republic for the Protection of the Planet, as an initial contribution by the railway sector, prior to the start of the negotiations of the United Nations COP21 Climate Conference.

The “Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge”

COP 21 presents the rail sector with an important opportunity, to highlight rail as an energy efficient transport mode and also to demonstrate how investing in rail and increasing rail market share are an essential part of the solution to climate change.

At COP 21, UIC will build upon its success at the UN Climate Summit in 2014 where it was launched the UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge. In a message to the 86th UIC General Assembly, the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon applauded the contribution of UIC Members to the Climate Summit, acknowledged that sector actions can make a measurable difference and urged to accelerate efforts.

I challenge all railways, especially the major ones, to commit to reporting your progress in an open, transparent manner. The UIC’s systems are ideally placed to take this step toward creating a better future"


said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge refers to the “UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge”, approved by Members in the UIC 2014 General Assembly, and presented in New York UN Climate Summit in September 2014, highlighted by Ban Ki-moon as one of the 3 “key “initiatives for transport”.

The Pledge will represent a practical step of the Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge and show the real commitment of railway companies towards the climate targets.

All technical aspects related to the effectiveness and feasibility of the Challenge have been investigated in the document “Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge – Technical Report” that can be downloaded at www.uic.org/low-carbon-rail-challenge

Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge

On the low carbon track!

The worldwide railway community is aware that a shift towards sustainable transport is essential to achieve the internationally agreed goal of limiting climate change to a rise in average global temperature of no more than 2 degrees Celsius.

The rail sector is the most emissions efficient transport mode, but as a major transport mode we acknowledge our responsibility and that further improvement is needed. This pledge sets out ambitious but achievable goals for the sectors contribution towards the solution to climate change.

As a member of the worldwide community of railway operators and infrastructure managers, I commit to take a leading role in the actions to prevent climate change, by reducing my company’s carbon footprint and supporting a shift towards a more sustain¬able balance of transport modes.

In order to achieve this, I pledge to:

  1. reduce my company’s specific energy consumption and CO2 emission, and through this contribute to the “UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge” and its global 2030/2050 targets, pre¬sented in 2014 at the UN Climate Summit;
  2. stimulate modal shift to rail in national and international markets, by working in partnership with key stakeholders;
  3. actively communicate climate friendly initiatives undertaken by my company during the year 2016 and beyond, in order to raise awareness, acceptance and recognition of the role of sustainable transport as a part of the solution to climate change;
  4. report data on my company’s specific energy consumption and CO2 emissions to UIC on a regular basis, in order to promote and demonstrate the continuous improvement of railway sector at international level.

High Level Panel on Rail as a solution to climate change

The high-level panel was welcomed by UIC Director General and was composed of speakers representing the United Nations, governments, international and European institutions, UIC Member Railways, the railway supply industry. Mrs Sharon Dijksma, Secretary of State of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands, Mr Jean-Daniel Tordjman, representing International Diplomacy in France, Mr Mikil Akulov, CEO Federal Passenger Company, Russian Railways, Mr José Viégas, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, ITF, OECD, Mr. Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, European Railway Agency, ERA, Mr Andy Doherty, ERRAC Chairman, Director Network Rail, Mr Alberto Mazzola, International Affairs Senior Vice President, FS Italian Railways, Mr Henry Marty-Gauquié, Director in France of EIB Group (European Investment Bank), Mrs Sabiha Derbel, President Director General of SNCFT (Tunisian Railways), Mr Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of ALSTOM Transport and Member of the Board of the Supply industry UNIFE.

In his opening address, UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said:

UIC born in 1922, has been involved for a quite long time in the history of climate change negotiations starting with an Earth Summit in 1992, the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the COP 15 in 2009, where UIC organized the “Train to Copenhagen” and the UN Rio+20 Summit in 2012 where the UIC family broadened its commitment with the Declaration of Sustainable Mobility and finally, in 2014, appointment of UIC to UN High Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport and in the same year the new commitment announced by UIC at the UN Climate Summit of Low carbon transport challenge."

To finish he mentioned Montesquieu:

To be successful in life, you have to think big, to dream far, and to act quickly."

He followed by a Chinese proverb:

To get out of the dark, we just need to light up one candle."

And then

We hope that with “Train to Paris” we have modestly contributed to think, dream, act and to light up one candle in the world."

Mr Niclas Svenningsen, Head of the Sustainable United Nations (SUN) Programme at the United Nations, representing Mrs Chistiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, as a keynote speaker, said:

Christiana Figueres asked me to convey to you the spirit that she would like to bring to all of you and that we are trying to being to COP21. Today, something fantastic happened. Trains from all over Europe brought people to COP21 safely, soundly and climate neutrally. And that is a fantastic thing because Train to Paris is climate neutral, it has a zero carbon footprint, and that is a fundamental objective of COP21. One figure that we need to remember for COP21 is two – two degrees Celsius – that is what we are trying to keep climate change below."

Mr Nicolas Hulot said:

We could rest on our laurels – but the fact is that railway companies are making the commitment to sign the pledge. We can consider Paris a success already because the Heads of State will be here from tomorrow which shows the great importance of this issue. Climate is an issue that conditions all issues and I congratulate you on this commitment. Paris has paved the way for this commitment. Things are moving forward."

This panel provided an opportunity for all high level speakers to convey their messages to the worldwide railway community on how to make the most of the advantages of Rail transport for the benefit of society.

This “Train to Paris” campaign is part of long term cooperation strategy between UIC and the United Nations and its specialist bodies. This cooperation is part of UIC’s commitment and work within the UN High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport and other bodies dealing with sustainable development.

Main highlights and main messages from the several speakers are available on the Train to Paris website: http://traintoparis.org

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For more information, please contact the UIC Communications Department: com at uic.org, Paul Véron: veron at uic.org, Marie Plaud: plaud at uic.org

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New UIC noise flyer published

UIC Network Noise and Vibration (NNV) has issued a new noise flyer, developed by its members during the 13th International Workshop on Railway Noise held from 16 to 20 September in Ghent, Belgium.

The flyer is an update of the “state of the art” report on noise published in 2016 by UIC NNV. The aim of the document is to provide information on common sources of noise, noise control methods, and national and EU strategies and policies. Coinciding with publication of the document, the NNV members expressed their views on the latest WHO noise guidelines and stated that “Railways must be promoted if climate goals are to be achieved”.

To learn more about the NNV’s studies and to read the flyer, please visit our website: https://uic.org/sustainable-development/noise-and-vibration/

The IWRN 13 event provided a unique opportunity for high-level speakers to enhance understanding of numerous problems relating to railway noise and vibration and to build a scientific foundation for reducing the environmental impact of air-borne, ground-borne and structure-borne noise and vibration.

158 delegates from 23 countries across four continents registered for the workshop, and most of the UIC NNV members and guests, including Austria (ÖBB), Belgium (Infrabel), France (SNCF), Germany (DB), The Netherlands (Prorail/NS), Norway (Bane NOR), Sweden (Trafikverket), Switzerland (SBB), the United Kingdom (HS2), and Denmark (Banedanmark), presented posters and presentations at this international event.

Participants discussed the following topics during the conference:

  • High-speed rail and aerodynamic noise
  • Interior noise
  • Policy, regulation and perception
  • Predictions, measurements, monitoring and modelling
  • Rail roughness, corrugation and grinding
  • Squeal noise
  • Structure-borne noise and ground-borne vibration
  • Wheel and rail noise
  • Bridge noise and vibration

The UIC network expert meeting on noise and vibration will be held on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht, hosted by NS and ProRail.

For further information please contact Pinar Yilmazer, UIC Senior Advisor for Network Noise and Vibration:

yilmazer at uic.org

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New UIC Report: “Carbon Footprint of Rail Infrastructure”

The new UIC report, “Carbon Footprint of Rail infrastructure” analyses the main existing reports and methodologies in the field and provides guidelines, recommendations and best practices for the calculation of the carbon content of all phases of rail services including infrastructure construction.

The report firstly makes a qualitative comparison with ten existing previous studies to gauge how each methodology can be compared and used for other purposes, in terms of calculation approaches, boundaries, standardisation, applicability, etc.

Following such in-depth review of the existing literature, the second phase of the study quantitatively calculates the effect of the methodology on the results. Three typical corridors representative of three most relevant types of rail traffic (high speed, suburban and freight) have been selected. The three selected examples come from different geographical countries and contexts, such as a suburban line in the Netherlands, a high-speed corridor in Japan and freight services in Sweden.

For each corridor, the most relevant methodologies have been applied to quantify the carbon footprint of everyone, explaining the different results among the methodologies and analysing the methodology most suitable to be implemented in different cases and scenarios.

After performing the analysis, the IFEU study (Matthias Tuchschmid et al, 2010) appears as the most accurate, transparent and transposable methodology to be used for most corridors, giving accurate and reliable results with a reasonable amount of data needed.

The report “High Speed Rail and Sustainability” and the accompanying background “Carbon Footprint of High Speed Rail Lines” produced by UIC and Systra, which take four case studies of high-speed rail lines (two in Europe and two in Asia) and carries out a transparent, robust assessment of carbon emissions for each route, including the planning, construction (track and rolling stocks) and operation phases is identified as one of the most robust methodologies for double electrified, high-speed lines.

The report “Carbon Footprint of Rail Infrastructure” also calculates the payback time required to compensate the CO2 emissions due to the rail infrastructure construction, thanks to the modal shift from more carbon-intensive competitor modes (road or planes). For all three cases studies, the CO2 emissions payback time (less than 15 years) is much shorter than the average lifetime of the infrastructure.

Building new rail infrastructure saves CO2 after one to three decades depending on traffic as a the main key factor for a quick payback, so accurate traffic estimations must be performed during the planning phase of a new railway infrastructure to know the payback of the construction in terms of carbon footprint, and for other relevant KPIs.

As the main conclusions of the report and to engage further carbon emission mitigation when building new or maintaining railway infrastructure, this report also advises the inclusion of Carbon Arbitration Funds into the procurement of new railways. The Carbon Arbitration Funds would engage the bidders to perform detailed carbon emissions inventories, and more importantly deliver on lowering carbon emissions during the construction phase of the railway infrastructure. Precedents in some European countries show a great potential to mitigate carbon embedded into the infrastructure in the most cost efficient way.

Another relevant conclusion is that including carbon footprint of railway infrastructure in the Eco-Tools information would reward those making an effort to mitigate carbon emissions over the construction, re-construction and re-building of the line by using more carbon efficient procedures. It would create a win-win situation, where the rail sector reinforces its sustainability lead, and where infrastructure and railway operators are further engaged to mitigate CO2 emissions, evaluating possible advantages of investments in railways as a solution to reduce carbon footprint in transport.

To download the report, please click on the following link. In addition, all the main related previous studies are available at: http://uic.org/Carbon-Footprint-and-Sustainability

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2: castanares at uic.org

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New UN study points to ways to create sustainable inland transport

According to a new study from the United Nations, Europe has managed to decouple the increase in motorisation and death on roads in the last several decades.

The new study “Transport for Sustainable Development – The case of Inland Transport” which has been launched today (23 February 2016) on the occasion of the 78th Annual Session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) was developed by the five Regional Commissions of the UN in cooperation with key inland transport stakeholders and spearheaded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The study examines issues, progress and challenges in global efforts to achieve the transition to sustainable inland mobility for both people and freight and is the first of this kind to take on a global perspective and examine best practices and challenges form every corner of the globe.

Among other findings, the study shows that some regions such as Latin America and Western Asia have managed to slow down the rate of increase of road fatalities in spite of an increase in the level of motorisation. However, most other regions of the world have experienced a simultaneous increase in both indicators. European experience however shows that decoupling between two trends is likely due to several factors, such as the strong embrace of road safety measures and their enforcement, coupled with uniform high safety regulations for cars and systematic education of drivers.

European countries were also able to reduce CO2 per capita emissions from transport in the decade 2001-2011, though they are responsible for roughly 50 per cent of the total emissions, so further progress is needed, according to the same study.

With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the end of 2015, there has been another strong impetus to shift the transport sector towards a more sustainable model. This study identifies where the various regions of the world are at the beginning of the march towards Sustainable Development Goals for transport.

Transport is clearly indispensable for any society to grow economically and socially as well as to connect it with markets and the rest of the world. In order to achieve any sustainable development, the transport sector must be economically efficient, safe, secure and environmentally-friendly.

However, its obvious negative impacts such as road crashes, air and noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, could be mitigated, as the study show-cases through a wealth of good and best practices. Furthermore, the study also identifies the main challenges and opportunities to accelerate transition to sustainability.

The in-depth study highlights the five defining dimensions of sustainable transport – accessibility, affordability, safety, security and environmental performance.

For example, accessibility and affordability of public transport allows people in rural and urban environments to access employment, education and medical services, thereby contributing to the stability of the economic and social environment and allowing for growth. A lack of access to passenger or freight transport isolates individual sections of society creating and perpetuating stagnation and desolation.

The study looks at theoretical insights and best practices from all regions of the world mapping similarities and differences among countries of different income groupings and geographical regions in their efforts to create more sustainable transport sector. A common element globally is that transport is central in shifting to sustainable low carbon societies but a high level of political will is needed to decouple its growth from impacts like air pollution, traffic accidents and climate change.

This study, which is now available online on the UNECE web site, is the result of cooperation among the five Regional Commissions of the United Nations, i.e. ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA and key global stakeholders, particularly, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Union of Railways (UIC). It also benefited from case study contributions by Communications Company Kapsch.

(Source: UNECE)

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Now is the time to take responsibility for action on climate change

In December the world’s governments are expected to sign a landmark legal agreement in Paris at the United Nations COP21 Climate Change negotiations. Without more sustainable transport, it will not be possible to achieve the COP21 target of limiting the global temperature rise to two degrees.

For this reason COP21 presents the rail sector with an important opportunity, to highlight rail as an energy efficient transport mode and also to demonstrate how investing in rail and increasing rail market share are an essential part of the solution to climate change. At COP21, UIC will build upon our success at the UN Climate Summit in 2014 where we launched the UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge. In a message to the 86th UIC General Assembly, the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon applauded the contribution of UIC members to the Climate Summit, acknowledged that your actions can make a measurable difference and urged us to accelerate our efforts.

“I challenge all railways, especially the major ones, to commit to reporting your progress in an open, transparent manner. The UIC’s systems are ideally placed to take this step toward creating a better future,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

In response to this challenge by the UN Secretary General, and as a key component of the rail sector contribution to the COP21 Lima Paris Action Agenda, UIC has designed the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge which mentions global targets for the entire railway sector on energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

The UIC members FS, CFR Calatori, CHSRA, HZ Cargo, VNR and ZSSK Cargo have pledged their commitment. We invite the CEOs of all other UIC members to follow their example, act on the decision taken at the 86th UIC General Assembly and sign the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge. This positive action by your company will be presented to the United Nations during the Train to Paris high-level event on the evening of 28 November.

The pledge and the required information were sent on 27 August to all CEOs and assistants of UIC members.

For further information please contact Aurelia Kollros: kollros at uic.org

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Number of visits to EcoPassenger website has quadrupled

The UIC EcoPassenger website, which was re-launched last November, has received four times the number of visits since the updating process in comparison to the website’s previous statistics.

The figures provided by the website’s tracking system show a strong increase following the implementation of new functionalities which analysed the visits over the last year. The website receives over 4,000 visits per month and displays over 23,000 pages.

The main factor contributing to this increase is the possibility of implementing a widget on other websites, which extends the possibility of performing calculations with EcoPassenger and shows the relevance of personal choices in energy consumption, carbon emissions and local air pollution.
The addresses required to implement the widgets can be found below in the various languages:

In addition, the new EcoPassenger version has improved usability for smart phones and tablets with a new mobile version completely compatible with all operative systems.

UIC invites you to check the emissions of your trips at www.ecopassenger.org

For further information please contact Aymeric Boniou, Webmaster: boniou at uic.org

UIC Communications Department: com at uic.org

Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2: castanares at uic.org

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Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

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Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

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Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

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The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

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Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

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The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

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Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

]

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

See the full article

Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

]

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

See the full article

Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

]

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

See the full article

Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

]

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer at uic.org

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Only three weeks until the Workshop on “Energy Efficient Rail Infrastructures” to be held on 2 July 2018 in Paris

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the workshop on “Energy efficient Infrastructures” that will be held in Paris on 2 July 2018 in Paris, in the direct vicinity of UIC Headquarters.

Background
After Eco-driving, eco-stabling and measuring energy consumption, other energy saving potentials have been identified by the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network in the energy management of railway infrastructures.
Therefore, this new workshop will focus on the following topics:

Workshop topics

  • Lighting of platforms, shunting/stabling areas and maintenance shops
    • Use of virtual reality
    • Design tools for lighting of railway infrastructure
  • Switch heating: sharing of technologies and experiences from infrastructure managers
  • Installations for preheating and smart stabling
  • Integration of renewable energy in railway infrastructure
    • Energy efficiency in the railway electricity networks (e.g. internal networks on higher voltage level, purchasing battery chargers and transformers with reduced losses, limiting the amount of different voltages, …)
  • Discussion and sharing of good practices

Programme
The draft programme will be available soon.

Venue
Practical information will be available soon.
The workshop will be held in the direct vicinity of UIC HQ.

Registration
Register your participation by filling in the form via https://events.uic.org/uic-invites-you-to-a-workshop-on-energy-efficient-infrastructures?var_mode=calcul

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor - Environment and Sustainable Development:

keyzer at uic.org

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Partnership formed with Copernicus Climate Change Service and Secteur project for RailAdapt Workshops to be held in London

London, 27 – 28 April 2017 hosted by RSSB – Save the Date

Climate is changing and railroads are vulnerable to these changes. Climate change will have a wide range of threads for railroads such as rising sea levels, increase risk of flood, and heat waves. Railway stakeholders need to plan for the impact and challenges that our changing climate will bring, and having the appropriate tools and data to make evidence-based decisions is essential.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) provides information to help society and business sectors improve decision-making and planning regarding climate mitigation and adaptation. C3S is based on a combination of science and data and an advanced understanding of the market needs. The entry point to this European Project will be the Climate Data Store, whose first version will be accessible in the middle of the year 2017.

The SECTEUR project (Sector Engagement for Copernicus Climate Change Service; Translating European User Requirements) works with businesses and other organisations to understand their requirements, in terms of weather and climate data to support decision-making. This project is funded by the Reading-based European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) on behalf of Copernicus, the European Commission’s Earth observation and monitoring programme. Working with users in each sector will place the focus on technical feasibility, market needs and gaps that could be filled with additional research. The ultimate aim of this project is to translate these user requirements into services for the C3S Sectoral Information System (SIS) and the Climate Data Store.

SECTEUR is engaging and interacting with a wide number of stakeholders across six sectors (including transport infrastructure) through surveys, workshops and interviews to establish an inventory of existing policy needs and user requirements in terms of climate data and climate impact indicators.

This projects is aligned with RailAdapt, a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements (COP21 and Sustainable Development Goals), and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21 2015) and Marrakech (COP 22 2016), where the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing RailAdapt workshops during 2017. The first workshop will be hosted by RSSB in London on 27 and 28 April (A second will be organised in Beijing in June, but the exact date and location have to be confirmed). On the afternoon of the 28th RailAdapt will partner with SECTEUR to develop a workshop in which it will be possible to obtain in-depth knowledge of what climate information will be released through Climate Data Store and how this information can be acquired and processed to assist decision making processed in the railway sector.

UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what data are needed to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the London workshop will provide inputs for the final design of the C3S and CDS. So participating in this workshop will enable these tools to be better tailored to the needs of each organisation.

UIC therefore invites the people in your organisation who understand disruption and how to cope with it, and those who can make a difference. They could be regional asset engineers, local operations managers or very senior national directors, or those responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those that are interested in corporate risks, like risk to reputation. It’s more than having emergency plans, it’s about willingness to take responsibility: for preparedness, investment, building awareness and capacity.

These key personnel could help us by showing willingness to work at different levels and sharing their experiences and advice at our London workshop and engaging with us as things develop further.

For more detail about RailAdapt, see the flyer:

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/railadapt.pdf

For more detail about Secteur, visit the webpage: http://www.the-iea.org/projects/secteur/

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Postponed: 2nd UIC Door-to-Door Solutions Workshop in Rome

We wish to inform you that the 2nd UIC Door-to-Door Solutions Workshop, due to be held on 26 June 2019, has been postponed until autumn 2019.

Please note that only the workshop is postponed and not the 3rd National Conference on Shared Mobility.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Presentation of the ESRS in Eurostat’s Working Group on Rail Transport Statistics

The meeting of Eurostat’s Working Group on Rail Transport Statistics was held on 1 and 2 October at the Eurostat Headquarters in Luxembourg.

Representative members of the EU countries and international organisations involved in railways statistics such as UNECE, ITF, ERA, CER and UIC attended the meeting to discuss the main regulations and improvements in data collection of the EU rail sector.

In this framework, UIC presented its Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS). Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor in Energy and CO2, presented the UIC experience on the energy consumptions data collection for the European UIC members included in this system. Next, a description was given of the website and the main process on collecting the data introduced by the train operating companies.

A relevant part of the presentation focused on the integration of different data sources such as the case of the energy mix of electricity consumed by railways. The dual reporting of CO2 emissions, including the market based approach, with the Guarantees of Origin for green electricity defined by the EU legal frame, and the national production mix for the location based approach, allows the same methodology to be used to calculate the CO2 emissions from electricity of the companies included in the ESRS.

The development of the UIC Zero Carbon Project and its conclusions were also been highlighted as a way to adopt a common methodology, avoiding differences in the source of data used to calculate the CO2 produced by railways.

The cooperation and the exchange of indicators and methodology on this topic between Eurostat and UIC for CO2 emissions in rail services, using the ESRS methodology, will improve the existing indicators, conversion factors and data provided by Eurostat.

The ESRS is the system used by UIC to collect information on energy consumption and CO2 emissions, including a dedicated website to upload the information and a policy for external communication of information. The ESRS is the basis to monitor the trend of carbon emissions and energy efficiency performance in railways facing the UIC targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050. The data collection process of the ESRS for 2015 is the first one including the indicators for dual reporting.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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Presentation of the UIC Zero Carbon Project at the RECs Market Meeting

On 29 April 2015, the RECs Market Meeting was held in Oslo to present the most relevant experiences about the latest developments in renewable energies, electricity tracking mechanisms, carbon accounting and disclosure systems. The conference also brought together high-level speakers to discuss European energy strategy and how a demand-driven renewable market will be a key issue for the next future. Furthermore, the most up-to-date and relevant information about the European renewable electricity market was showcased at the conference.

In this context, UIC participated in the panel on “Zero Carbon Trains in Europe”, moderated by Preben Munch of ECOHZ, where Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor of Energy and CO2, presented the development of the UIC Zero Carbon Project. Furthermore, this panel included speeches by Margrethe Sagevik of NSB and Remco Faas of the Eneco power company based in the Netherlands and which is involved in electricity origin projects with NS. All of them analysed the contributions of rail to sustainable transport and a low carbon economy through implementing renewable energies using green certificates markets and standards for reporting.

During this panel the speakers highlighted the need for the rail sector to stay ahead as the most environmentally-friendly mode of transport, with a clear reporting methodology avoiding green washing. Railways therefore have to increase their energy efficiency and renewable energy purchasing. The panel underlined the potential of rail transport as a huge consumer of electricity, able to change the market for renewable electricity and create genuine consumer-driven demand. In some local markets rail even has the opportunity to choose the type and location of renewable energy production.

Gabriel Castañares Hernández introduced the main gaps and inconsistencies detected in renewable energy reporting in the UIC Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) and how the development of the Zero Carbon Project has delivered commonly accepted rules to provide UIC members accepted ways of sourcing zero carbon products, allowing them to increase the use of renewable electricity and communicate it to customers.

The Zero Carbon Project develops the reporting of Guarantees of Origin (GOs) according to the GHG Protocol guidelines within the UIC Environmental Strategy to reduce CO2 with targets for 2030 and a vision for carbon-free rail by 2050. Renewable Energy is an important part of the strategy, and many railways already source a proportion of their energy from renewable sources. This project aims to avoid concerns by external stakeholders about accounting this energy as zero carbon with a solid accountability system. It is a subject that is politically and strategically important for UIC and its members.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández castanares at uic.org

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Proposal for guidelines to assess the environmental impact of railway infrastructure successfully introduced

The InfraGuidER EU FP7 coordinated action held its dissemination milestone event today in the shape of the Final Conference at the “Arts and Sciences Academy” in Brussels.

As the designated organisation in charge of the InfraGuidER consortium’s dissemination activity, UIC succeeded in bringing together a diverse range of participants from Europe and beyond (e.g. the European Commission, procurement directors, senior purchasers, maintenance process managers, R&D specialists, environmental advisors, etc.). The conference offered an opportunity to gain an interesting one-day insight into this European railway infrastructure EU FP7 coordinated action, presenting the achievements on railway network asset management from an environmental sustainability viewpoint.

For two years, the work coordinated by NITEL, the Italian university pool for Transport & Logistics, has involved exchanging views and know-how and implementing a solution tool-box ranging from solid transparent methodology for innovative eco-procurement processes, caveats and guidelines for the introduction/enhancement of environmental management schemes (based on ISO14000 series) for railway infrastructure managers, to material accounting and decision support expertise. Overall they represent environmental specifications for railway infrastructure, including a recommended set of indicators and some reference requirement values.

The InfraGuidER project, with the involvement of Central, North and Eastern European infrastructure managers, academia and the supply industry, has led to a mature ambitious proposal for improving ‘business as usual’ tendering processes by integrating it with new eco-procurement criteria. One of the main outcomes is that policy priorities should be placed in the following order: “Prevent and limit”, followed by “Management and control” and finally “Remediation”. This sequence can be assumed considering that the respective order of magnitude cost increases tenfold from the first to the last. The challenge remains to broadly adopt such policy whilst maintaining economic and social activity.

New criteria were designed in the proposed network materials procurement methodology, aiming at minimising material life cycle-related risks such as the negative impact of climate change, natural resources depletion and hazardous substances handling. Is it time to rethink policy and processes, phase-out selected materials, set up environmental management scheme reviews, use the best available technologies, maintain better collaborative links with the supply industry, promote R&D and compound solution patterns? Simple business changes could constitute low hanging fruits.
The partners have created an up-to-date tool-box with technical and managerial recommendations which will be delivered in full and made publicly available at: www.infraguider.eu by January 2011.

InfraGuidER partners also benefited along the way from some inspiring external contributors as the new procurement scheme set up by the Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail – “CO2 performance ladder” – which is being implemented by tender practitioners, applying award advantages to virtuous suppliers and the Norwegian Infrastructure Manager’s (JBV) valuable business experience in procurement.

A dynamic and inclusive approach in tackling issues has enabled the InfraGuidER partners to successfully deliver a tool-box for railway infrastructure managers, supporting them in decision-making, and keeping the railway sector green, strong and competitive.
The InfraGuidER project constitutes a stimulus for further European harmonisation in railway infrastructure material procurement and management, enhancing rail’s current environmental performance.

For more information please contact Paolo Contestabile: contestabile at uic.org

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Rail transport and environment: new CER and UIC booklet provides facts and figures

Rail is one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport and generates significantly lower CO2 emissions than other modes. Increasing the modal share of rail in line with 2011 Transport White Paper targets would result in an estimated reduction of 238 million tonnes of CO2 a year, equivalent to 19% of EU27 transport emissions in 2010. That is just one striking figure in the new booklet on rail and environment released today by the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the International Union of Railways (UIC).

2015 is a big year for climate change policy, for which transport still presents a major challenge. The new booklet, jointly published by CER and UIC, aims to support decision makers with comprehensive data on the environmental impact of the different transport modes. It demonstrates that rail is an enabling factor for sustainable mobility because

  • Travelling by rail is on average 3-10 times less CO2 intensive compared with road or air transport
  • Rail’s share of transport energy consumption is less than 2% despite a market share of over 8.5%
  • Land use per passenger-km for rail is about 3.5 times lower than for cars
  • Rail’s average external costs (i.e. the costs of the negative effects of transport, such as air pollution, that are not paid by the users themselves but borne by the society at large) are more than four times less than road’s for passenger services, and more than six times less for freight services

In order to drive continued improvement of rail’s environmental footprint, CER and UIC’s European members have agreed targets until 2030 and a vision for sustainable mobility until 2050. These targets, adopted in 2010, have now been updated with increased ambition for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and are presented in the booklet.

The booklet can be downloaded at this link:

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/facts_and_figures_2014_v1.0-2.pdf

UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux commented:

This booklet contains data and analysis of the European rail sector’s performance. It charts the primary role that rail has in sustainable development and clearly illustrates the unrivalled efficiency of the European rail system. In his message to the July 2015 UIC General Assembly, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-ki Moon emphasised the importance of reporting data in an open and transparent manner. In response to this we are proud to present the highest quality data, provided by the European rail operating community and collected using the UIC Environmental Strategy Monitoring System.

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman said:

Rail contributes to reducing the transport users’ environmental burden on society with its exceptionally low total external costs. However, very limited progress has been made at EU level in addressing internalisation of external costs across all transport modes. CER looks forward to the Road Package for measures towards full and mandatory internalisation of external costs for road as for rail transport as advocated by the 2011 Transport White Paper.

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RailAdapt Workshop held on 19 and 20 June 2017 in Beijing

UIC and China Railways jointly organised the two-day RailAdapt workshop on 19 and 20 June in Beijing. Over 60 delegates registered to attend the workshop and discuss approaches to weather resilience and adaptation with speakers drawn from over 15 countries. RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Indeed building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC invited members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline the support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services.

In his opening remarks Mr HE Huawu, Chief Engineer for China Railway, remarked that "The issue of climate change, i.e. global warming and increase of extreme weather events, is now a critical issue of common concern in the world, which might not only influence the people’s living environment and sustainable development of economy and society, but also impact the safety, reliability and durability of important infrastructure like transportation and energy."
He also explained the wide range of climatic zones and environments that China Railways operates within ‘Beijing-Guangzhou HSR crossing over different climate zones, the Harbin-Dalian HSR, the first HSR built in seasonal permafrost area, Hai’nan round island HSR built in tropical zone and the Lanzhou-Urumqi HSR crossing Gobi desert frequently suffering from sandstorms.’

Mr Loubinoux Director General of UIC observed "At a high level this project responds to discussions and on adaptation with the United Nations. This is an emerging topic that is not yet fully mature. We aim to build a bridge, to translate these high-level policy discussions into practical considerations for the operational railway.’ and ‘It is through meeting such as today that we will raise our understanding of how to manage adaptation. To develop a common vocabulary and a vision for the resilient railway for the future. It is our responsibility to articulate this vision. To make sure that we are ready for a discussion on the long term resilience of the railway. We need to lead this discussion when talking to Ministries, regulators, investors and insurance companies."

A number of distinguished speakers presented a broad range including detailed examples of how railways the manage adverse impacts of extreme weather on railway operations and opportunities for improving resilience at low or marginal cost through renewal processes. It was agreed that a significant challenge remains to mainstream adaptation and weather resilience throughout the many relevant departments of railway companies.

The RailAdapt project is seeking to develop a network of experts working on adaptation and welcomes UIC members to contact the project team.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit: craven at uic.org

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RailAdapt Workshop held on 19 and 20 June 2017 in Beijing

UIC and China Railways jointly organised the two-day RailAdapt workshop on 19 and 20 June in Beijing. Over 60 delegates registered to attend the workshop and discuss approaches to weather resilience and adaptation with speakers drawn from over 15 countries. RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Indeed building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC invited members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline the support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services.

In his opening remarks Mr HE Huawu, Chief Engineer for China Railway, remarked that "The issue of climate change, i.e. global warming and increase of extreme weather events, is now a critical issue of common concern in the world, which might not only influence the people’s living environment and sustainable development of economy and society, but also impact the safety, reliability and durability of important infrastructure like transportation and energy."
He also explained the wide range of climatic zones and environments that China Railways operates within ‘Beijing-Guangzhou HSR crossing over different climate zones, the Harbin-Dalian HSR, the first HSR built in seasonal permafrost area, Hai’nan round island HSR built in tropical zone and the Lanzhou-Urumqi HSR crossing Gobi desert frequently suffering from sandstorms.’

Mr Loubinoux Director General of UIC observed "At a high level this project responds to discussions and on adaptation with the United Nations. This is an emerging topic that is not yet fully mature. We aim to build a bridge, to translate these high-level policy discussions into practical considerations for the operational railway.’ and ‘It is through meeting such as today that we will raise our understanding of how to manage adaptation. To develop a common vocabulary and a vision for the resilient railway for the future. It is our responsibility to articulate this vision. To make sure that we are ready for a discussion on the long term resilience of the railway. We need to lead this discussion when talking to Ministries, regulators, investors and insurance companies."

A number of distinguished speakers presented a broad range including detailed examples of how railways the manage adverse impacts of extreme weather on railway operations and opportunities for improving resilience at low or marginal cost through renewal processes. It was agreed that a significant challenge remains to mainstream adaptation and weather resilience throughout the many relevant departments of railway companies.

The RailAdapt project is seeking to develop a network of experts working on adaptation and welcomes UIC members to contact the project team.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit: craven at uic.org

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RailAdapt Workshop to be held from 19 – 20 June 2017 in Beijing

Context

RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the workshop will provide timely input to the reviewed EU strategy on Adaption and associated EU Staff Working Document due to be published in 2018.

For more details about RailAdapt, see the flyer

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/railadapt.pdf

Participants
Regional asset engineers, local operations managers, senior national directors, responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those interested in corporate risks.

Language
English

Location
Beijing

Do not hesitate to register here http://events.uic.org/railadapt-workshop-beijing

Please know that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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RailAdapt Workshop to be held from 27 – 28 April 2017 in London

Context

RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the workshop will provide timely input to the reviewed EU strategy on Adaption and associated EU Staff Working Document due to be published in 2018.

For more details about RailAdapt, see the flyer

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/railadapt.pdf

Participants

Regional asset engineers, local operations managers, senior national directors, responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those interested in corporate risks.

Language
English

Location
RSSB
London

Do not hesitate to register here http://events.uic.org/railadapt-workshop-london

Please know that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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RailAdapt Workshop to be held from 27 – 28 April 2017 in London

Context

RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the workshop will provide timely input to the reviewed EU strategy on Adaption and associated EU Staff Working Document due to be published in 2018.

For more details about RailAdapt, see the flyer

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/railadapt.pdf

Participants

Regional asset engineers, local operations managers, senior national directors, responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those interested in corporate risks.

Language
English

Location
RSSB
London

Do not hesitate to register here http://events.uic.org/railadapt-workshop-london

Please know that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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RailAdapt Workshops to be held in London and Beijing

London, 27 – 28 April 2017 hosted by RSSB – Save the Date
Beijing, June exact date and location to be confirmed (organised in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Regional Assembly)

RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements (COP21 and Sustainable Development Goals), and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21 2015) and Marrakech (COP 22 2016), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

Weather resilience and climate change have impacts on both the cost and reputation of the rail sector. Cities and regions rely on modern rail transport both internally and as links to elsewhere and therefore the disruption caused by extreme weather is acutely felt both economically and socially. The failure of a critical piece of infrastructure can cost millions of dollars to replace in an emergency. The economic and reputational damage to the regions and companies involved cost millions more. The WEATHER project estimated that railway damage costs to Europe alone are an average of €300 million per year, with the largest part (€175 million) borne by operators, and that 80% of the damage is due to major floods. It’s more than paying for fixing ‘insurable’ risks after the event – it’s about reputational damage and the confidence of customers in our system.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. The first workshop will be hosted by RSSB in London. A second will be organised in Beijing in June (exact date and location to be confirmed). UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the London workshop will provide timely input to the reviewed EU strategy on Adaption and associated EU Staff Working Document due to be published in 2018.

UIC therefore invites the people in your organisation who understand disruption and how to cope with it, and those who can make a difference. They could be regional asset engineers, local operations managers or very senior national directors, or those responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those that are interested in corporate risks, like risk to reputation. It’s more than having emergency plans, it’s about willingness to take responsibility: for preparedness, investment, building awareness and capacity,

These key personnel could help us by showing willingness to work at different levels and sharing their experiences and advice at our London workshop and engaging with us as things develop further.

For more detail about RailAdapt, see the flyer: http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/railadapt.pdf

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

philippe at uic.org

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Railroad Sustainability Symposium in Crotonville (New York)

The Fifth Annual Railroad Sustainability Symposium was held last week at GE’s Crotonville campus outside of New York City. This year’s sponsors included the Association of American Railroads (AAR), BNSF Railway, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad and GE Transportation. More than 60 participants shared insights on such issues as carbon markets, sustainability reporting and communication, sustainable sourcing or alternative fuel locomotives, and they represented railroad operators, manufacturers and environmental stakeholders from the US and Canada.

On the first day of the symposium, UIC presented its strategy on energy efficiency and climate protection in the panel discussion “GHG and Carbon Markets”, moderated by John Lovenburg, Environmental Vice President at BNSF Railway. Additionally, Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor in Energy and CO2, presented the UIC experience on energy data collection and sustainability reporting, highlighting the relevancy of companies’ contribution inside the Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS), and the UIC strategy and targets for the medium and long term.

A relevant part of the presentation focused on the integration of Guarantees of Origin and Green Certificates in the electricity procurement and the dual reporting based in the conclusions of the UIC Zero Carbon Project. One of the main goals of the panel was to show the impacts of Carbon Markets (as the EU ETS for electricity) have within railway strategies on sustainability topics, highlighting the possibility for railways to implement renewable energies in the procurement of electricity by implementing green certificates.

The presentation introduced the Train to Paris campaign and the relevancy of the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge, approved on 6 July at the UIC General Assembly. The goal was to show the international stakeholders the railway community’s engagement for reducing GHG emissions, facing the next COP21 to be held at the end of the year in Paris. The latest video of the campaign was presented in the dedicated app of the symposium for mobiles phones.

On the second day of the session, a panel of experts from GE Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, moderated by Bob Toy of Union Pacific discussed the latest Tier 4 EPA standards and its impact on the American railroads, including the development of new technological solutions based in alternative fuels

This was the symposium’s fifth anniversary. It was established in 2011 when Norfolk Southern Corporation and GE Transportation recognised an opportunity to increase the dialogue about energy conservation and sustainable practices within the industry.

For further information please contact Jessica Taylor of GE Transportation: Jessica.Taylor at ge.com

Or Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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Railsponsible signs a partnership agreement with the UN Environment Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Railsponsible brings together a network of seven companies including both the railway supply industry and operators: Alstom, Bombardier Transportation, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwgen (NS), and SKF. On 25 January 2017 the non-profit organisation was welcomed, in Paris, as partner of the 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) of UN Environment.

This UN programme is “a global multi-stakeholder platform that supports the implementation of SPP around the world. The Programme builds synergies between diverse partners to achieve the Sustainable development goals target on SPP.” (Source: UN Environment Secretariat)

Railsponsible perfectly echoes this programme as its members have newly approved a multi-year 2020 strategy focusing on raising awareness among internal entities about the crucial role of sustainable procurement, developing programmes in collaboration with suppliers from the rail supply chain and expanding the network to new significant stakeholders. The partnership agreement will give the Railsponsible initiative greater visibility on the global stage.

The Membership Certificate was granted by Farid Yaker, Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Officer at UN Environment, to Olivier Baril, Chairman of Railsponsible and Chief Procurement Officer at Alstom. Olivier Baril said: “Today, we are very pleased to join the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme which will allow us to share best practices with other industries, public organisations and academic institutes.”

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was invited to represent UIC as a key stakeholder and facilitator in the process as this ceremony was a direct output of the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference held in Vienna in October 2016. He said: “The broad experience of the 10YFP SPP programme partners and sector specific knowledge of the Railsponsible initiative represents a perfect marriage.”

Mr Sanjay Kummar of Indian Railways played a significant part in presenting and bringing together the sustainable procurement network and the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme. His role was warmly acknowledged by speakers.

Find out more about the 10YFP SPP Programme here:

http://web.unep.org/10yfp/programmes/sustainable-public-procurement

Find out more about Railsponsible here:

http://railsponsible.org

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region: philippe at uic.org

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Railway Climate Declaration – New 2019 Pledge

Following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a number of UIC members railways, UIC has decided to make a further commitment by launching a communications campaign to update the sector’s commitments.

UIC invites its our community of railway operators and infrastructure managers to take a lead role in the actions to mitigate climate change by signing the new pledge at its General Assembly on 11 December. The pledge will of course be available to be signed after this date for those who are unable to attend the event.

For further information please visit the dedicated page:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/energy-and-co2-emissions/railway-climate-responsibility-pledge

Moreover, you can follow the pledge campaign on UIC’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages. Feel free to share the posts.

For further information about signing the pledge please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

Marie-Luz Philippe, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

See the full article

Railway Climate Declaration – New 2019 Pledge

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Following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a number of UIC members railways, UIC has decided to make a further commitment by launching a communications campaign to update the sector’s commitments.

UIC invites its our community of railway operators and infrastructure managers to take a lead role in the actions to mitigate climate change by signing the new pledge at its General Assembly on 11 December. The pledge will of course be available to be signed after this date for those who are unable to attend the event.

For further information please visit the dedicated page:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/energy-and-co2-emissions/railway-climate-responsibility-pledge

Moreover, you can follow the pledge campaign on UIC’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages. Feel free to share the posts.

For further information about signing the pledge please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

Marie-Luz Philippe, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

See the full article

Railway Climate Declaration – New 2019 Pledge

]

Following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a number of UIC members railways, UIC has decided to make a further commitment by launching a communications campaign to update the sector’s commitments.

UIC invites its our community of railway operators and infrastructure managers to take a lead role in the actions to mitigate climate change by signing the new pledge at its General Assembly on 11 December. The pledge will of course be available to be signed after this date for those who are unable to attend the event.

For further information please visit the dedicated page:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/energy-and-co2-emissions/railway-climate-responsibility-pledge

Moreover, you can follow the pledge campaign on UIC’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages. Feel free to share the posts.

For further information about signing the pledge please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

Marie-Luz Philippe, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

See the full article

Railway Climate Declaration – New 2019 Pledge

]

Following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a number of UIC members railways, UIC has decided to make a further commitment by launching a communications campaign to update the sector’s commitments.

UIC invites its our community of railway operators and infrastructure managers to take a lead role in the actions to mitigate climate change by signing the new pledge at its General Assembly on 11 December. The pledge will of course be available to be signed after this date for those who are unable to attend the event.

For further information please visit the dedicated page:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/energy-and-co2-emissions/railway-climate-responsibility-pledge

Moreover, you can follow the pledge campaign on UIC’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages. Feel free to share the posts.

For further information about signing the pledge please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

Marie-Luz Philippe, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

See the full article

Railway Climate Declaration – New 2019 Pledge

]

Following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a number of UIC members railways, UIC has decided to make a further commitment by launching a communications campaign to update the sector’s commitments.

UIC invites its our community of railway operators and infrastructure managers to take a lead role in the actions to mitigate climate change by signing the new pledge at its General Assembly on 11 December. The pledge will of course be available to be signed after this date for those who are unable to attend the event.

For further information please visit the dedicated page:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/energy-and-co2-emissions/railway-climate-responsibility-pledge

Moreover, you can follow the pledge campaign on UIC’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages. Feel free to share the posts.

For further information about signing the pledge please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos at uic.org

Marie-Luz Philippe, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

See the full article

Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

schut at uic.org

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Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

schut at uic.org

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Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

schut at uic.org

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REMINDER – The MERLIN Project is holding its mid-term conference in Antwerp on 17 June 2014!

Think about registering to secure your place for this important event!

UNIFE, UIC and the MERLIN project Consortium are pleased to invite you to attend the MERLIN Project Mid-Term Conference that will be held on Day 1 of the UIC Energy Efficiency Days 2014, a two-day major event co-organised by UIC, SNCB and INFRABEL and hosting the Eress Forum, comprising plenary sessions, and workshops providing an insight into the latest development of railways in the field of energy efficiency at a global, national and local level.

The MERLIN Project, partly funded through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) of the European Commission, aims to investigate and demonstrate the viability of an integrated management system to achieve a more sustainable and optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems.

Why should you attend?

Targeted at energy management experts and researchers from the rail transport sector, the conference will take stock of the research work performed so far, and will look ahead at the future tasks to be undertaken. It will also be the opportunity for participants to network and exchange on the project’s achievements at mid-term.

Conference highlights:

The topics dealt with at the conference will be the following:

  • The needs of railway operators in terms of energy management;
  • The five MERLIN Scenarios and their objectives;
  • The MERLIN Railway Energy Management System;
  • The links between EU Energy legislation and the railways;
  • MERLIN’s contribution to standardisation.

Ample time will also be devoted to discussion and exchange with the project participants.

The draft programme of the event is available here:
http://energy-efficiency-days.org/spip.php?article

Do not hesitate to circulate this information around you.

We look forward to meeting you in Antwerp.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are registered and that your hotel room is booked early!!

For more information on the UIC Energy Efficiency Days 2014, please visit http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/ and to register for the MERLIN Mid-Term Conference, click here: http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/spip.php?article8

For more information on the MERLIN project please visit http://www.MERLIN-rail.eu or contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

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Reminder - 6th annual UIC workshop on Railway Freight Noise Reduction “Bringing things together” (Paris, 23 November 2010)

UIC promotes silent railways. In a series of annual workshops UIC reports on progress, in particular in terms of the freight rolling stock with composite brake blocks. The speakers will address issues such as the EU policy and planned incentives such as noise related track access charges and how the railways are reacting on these initiatives. A major point will also be the current state of the art of K- and LL-block homologation and how the railways are dealing with the technical problems that have been encountered like e.g. the equivalent conicity issue and how these problems is foreseen to be solved within different UIC projects as e.g. the EuropeTrain project.

Further issues will be a presentation on the TSI Noise revision and presentations on other noise and vibration issues in order to keep the scope large and bringing things more together. Within this scope UIC is happy to announce that we this year will have a presentation by Cynthia Lulham, Councilor for the City of Westmount, Quebec, who has extensive experience and knowledge of the Proximity Initiative in Canada partnering the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Cynthia Lulham has over the last eight years acted as the first FCM Co-chair and as the current Program Manager, which has giving her a unique perspective of the on-going noise issues in Canada facing both railways and municipalities issues.
The project programme foresees ample time for discussion and the coffee and lunch breaks will allow many opportunities for networking with colleagues from the railway sector as well as government and industry.

The agenda of the workshop and online registration can be found on UIC homepage: http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article2500.

The deadline for registration is Friday 12th November 2010
The language of the workshop will be held in English and is free of charge.

For more information please contact Lisette Mortensen: mortensen at uic.org

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Reminder: 11th UIC Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017 at Paris UIC Headquarters

UIC will hold the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017.

Registration is still possible, so do not hesitate to join us.

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.

Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation.

Moderator: Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

Speakers include:
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV
Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA
Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER
Michael Müller, Euro Fleet Mang. DB Cargo
Martin van den Berg, Chiaramonte Noise and Transport Consult & WHO noise working group
Paul de Vos, Satis
Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra
Alf Ekblad, Trafikverket and chair of the UIC Vibration Expert Network
Baldrik Faure, SNCF
Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University

The registration link is http://events.uic.org/11th-uic-noise-workshop

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

craven at uic.org

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Reminder: 11th UIC Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017 at Paris UIC Headquarters

UIC will hold the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017.

Registration is still possible, so do not hesitate to join us.

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.

Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation.

Moderator: Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

Speakers include:
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV
Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA
Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER
Michael Müller, Euro Fleet Mang. DB Cargo
Martin van den Berg, Chiaramonte Noise and Transport Consult & WHO noise working group
Paul de Vos, Satis
Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra
Alf Ekblad, Trafikverket and chair of the UIC Vibration Expert Network
Baldrik Faure, SNCF
Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University

The registration link is http://events.uic.org/11th-uic-noise-workshop

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

craven at uic.org

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Results of the RIVAS Project: Final Conference “Vibrations – Ways out of the annoyance” held in Brussels

The RIVAS consortium, under the coordination of UIC, held its Final Conference on 21 November in Brussels bringing together around 100 rolling stock experts, track maintenance specialists, suppliers, railway operators, rolling stock experts, and academics.

RIVAS is a joint research and development project carried out by 27 partners from nine European countries within the 7th European Framework Programme. Since the RIVAS project started in early 2011, it has been seeking to find ways and methodologies to reduce the ground borne vibrations induced by rail traffic. The final conference is therefore the opportunity to know more about the results achieved by the project and on possible ways to address the issue of vibration mitigation.

The topics covered included:

  • Innovative strategies to reduce vibration from rail traffic;
  • Technical solutions for vibration reduction at source;
  • Vibration reduction on the transmission path;
  • Design of vibration mitigation measures for hot-spots;
  • State-of-the-art computer simulations;
  • Harmonisation of requirements and assessment procedures;
  • Priority routes;
  • Recommendations for end-users.

RIVAS aims at reducing the environmental impact of ground-borne vibration from rail traffic while safeguarding the commercial competitiveness of the railway sector. The project’s goal is therefore to provide tools to solve vibration problems for surface lines by 2013.

It therefore aims to contribute to the development of relevant and leading technologies for efficient control of people’s exposure to vibration and vibration-induced noise caused by rail traffic. RIVAS focuses on low frequency vibration from open lines which is a concern mainly for freight traffic. However, RIVAS results will also be applicable to suburban, regional and high-speed operations. RIVAS includes fundamental research, prototype construction, optimisation of pre-existing solutions and field testing under realistic conditions.

The RIVAS project is strongly end-user driven in order to ensure maximum exploitation of results in practice and to prepare an extensive and fast implementation of technical developments.

The key deliverables of the RIVAS project are: assessment of the benefits of mitigation measures in terms of human response and agreed protocol for the evaluation of annoyance and exposure to vibration; agreed measurement protocols to assess and monitor the performance of measures to reduce vibrations; agreed protocol to characterise vibration response properties of soils; guidelines for track and vehicle maintenance geared towards low vibration; mitigation measures for ballasted and slab track; guidelines for the design of transmission mitigation measures under/next to the track.

Mr Philippe Citroën, Director-General of UNIFE gave an opening speech emphasising the “clear need for innovative vibration reduction technologies in the European context. This would help ensure that in the coming years the aspiration of expanding rail transport in the EU is not hindered by public opposition on the grounds of vibration. This need was reflected in the 7th Framework Programme and will be still present in the coming Horizon2020 Calls. Among other activities, UNIFE produced together with UIC the official Newsletter distributed today. I am convinced that the railway industry (including the 5 UNIFE members part of RIVAS) will benefit from the results of RIVAS, in particular thanks to the new technologies to reduce vibration „at source‟ in rail vehicle and track design which will be presented later on today… I am convinced that noise and vibration will be two crucial issues to be included in the agenda of the Shift-2-Rail initiative, an unprecedented commitment to massively enhance the capacity of the European rail system”.

Mr Kersten, Director of UIC Rail System Department gave an introduction to the conference reminding participants that “the 2011 EU Transport White Paper foresees the global freight transport activity to increase, as compared to 2005, by around 40% by 2030 and by little over 80% by 2050. Taking into account this general transport trend, the ERRAC forecast for 2050 fully matches the 2011 Transport White Paper objectives as shown in the table: the rail share of both the freight and passenger markets will double by 2050, at the same time the rail freight and passenger market volumes will more than triple by 2050 as compared to the year 2000.
However, the growth perspectives mentioned above will only become reality if the railways will be able to defend their number one position in terms of sustainability. Noise and vibration are definitely to be perceived as a challenge in rail‟s environmental credentials. As other transport modes, in particular road transport, are currently catching up in terms of sustainability, it is essential for the future of the rail transport mode that this challenge is met effectively, but in view of the intermodal competitiveness also in a most efficient manner.
In former scientific projects and also in previous UIC-activities, a big effort was made to reduce noise from rail traffic. These activities have led to new noise reduction technologies, which are currently being implemented by the railways. Although noise has received this increased attention in terms of research and implementation of mitigation technology, the related issue of ground vibration has not, because noise was more important in the perception. Nevertheless public sensitivity to vibration issues has also increased in recent years. The number of complaints from residents about high levels of vibration is rising particularly at those locations, where efficient noise reduction technologies like noise barriers have been installed. Most of the complaints against high levels of vibration addressed to mainline railways concern freight traffic on surface lines.
Noise and vibration mitigation have been identified as a top priority for UIC members in the dedicated UIC strategy programmes, such as the UIC Environmental and Sustainability strategy.
UIC has accepted the role of coordinator in the RIVAS project since we consider RIVAS as a key element in the railway sector‟s effort to reduce the environmental impact of ground-borne vibrations while safeguarding the commercial competitiveness of the railway sector.
However, as you will see in the presentations of that final conference, the solutions were not simple to find because the problem of vibrations has multiple causes and therefore solutions had to take a wide range of parameters into account. Nevertheless we have managed to come up with innovative solutions and approaches for vibration mitigation technologies to help our end-users mitigate rail-induced ground-borne vibrations.
It is important to note that RIVAS is only aimed at dealing with vibration abatement measures in terms of their technical effectiveness. The extent to which they are also cost-efficient can only be determined after a market has developed for such measures, allowing costs to be assessed. Then it might turn out that a Measure A which might be technically slightly inferior to a Measure B should nevertheless be preferred to B, if A‟s costs are significantly lower than those of B. Even without a detailed cost assessment, however, it can be assumed that some measures will only be economically feasible with newly constructed lines.”

Mr Wolfgang Behr, UIC technical coordinator, explained the problems that the project is willing to solve. First of all the question is complex due to the different trains, different tracks, different soils and different buildings. “The sensitivity of citizens to vibration issues has increased in recent years and opposition to new lines is as much about the effects of vibration as about noise. Besides, vibration mitigation features heavily in the cost of railway infrastructure projects and complaints about vibrations and vibration-induced noise increase where noise barriers have been built. So there is a lack of established solutions for vibration from surface railways.
That is why the aim is to ensure that in the coming years, the expansion of rail transport in the EU is not hindered by public opposition due to vibrations so the rail sector has to find solutions from the vehicles, the tracks and the ground working on innovative solutions for hot-spots, low vibration rolling stock and clear assessment procedures and descriptors.”

http://rivas-project.eu/

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, dekeyzer at uic.org

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RSSB hosting webinar on the Rail Carbon Tool

RSSB Rail Carbon Tool provides the GB Rail industry a tool for infrastructure projects to measure, manage and ultimately reduce the GB railway carbon footprint. Embodied carbon emissions represent a significant proportion of whole life carbon for railway assets.

RSSB is hosting a free webinar on the Rail Carbon Tool. The invitation extended to international railway counterparts as a unique opportunity for anyone who is interested in the functionality of the tool. They can attend the demonstration and gain a better insight of the tool that RSSB is promoting for use within GB rail industry.

The demonstration is to share learning as the Rail Carbon Tool is licenced by RSSB for GB rail activities which means that RSSB is unable to register any organisations or users outside of the GB rail industry on the tool. For further information and to register please visit: http://www.rssb.co.uk/about-rssb/rssb-and-the-rail-industry/events

For further information please contact Michelle Papayannakos:

Michelle.Papayannakos at rssb.co.uk

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Save the Date for the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference to be held on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016 in Vienna

The 13th UIC Sustainability conference will be held in Vienna in partnership with OBB from 12 to 14 October 2016 – Save the Date!

Much has happened in the four years since the worldwide railway sustainability community gathered in Venice for the last UIC Sustainability Conference.

In many ways 2015 was a defining year for sustainable development due to two landmark international agreements: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals) & the COP21 Climate Change Accord. In 2016 the attention of the world’s governments and civil society will shift to the implantation and realisation of these agreements. Whilst transport is an accepted enabler of economic growth, the role of sustainable transport is gaining recognition as an enabler of sustainable development. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon’s Five Year Action Agenda specifically includes transport as one of the six building blocks for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. This was followed up by a message from UN Secretary General to the UIC General Assembly of July 2015 concerning the major role of railways to build a low carbon future.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, comprising the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) sets out the framework for development policy and investments agreed by all member States of the United Nations. Sustainable transport can be viewed as an enabler for all 17 of the SGDs. However, there are a sub-group of targets that offer the railways a good opportunity to demonstrate to national governments how they can make a substantive contribution, for example; energy efficiency (Goal 7), resilient infrastructure (Goal 9) and access to sustainable transport (Goal 11), resilience to climate-related hazards (Goal 13), promote environmentally sound technologies & multi-stakeholder partnerships (Goal 17). Together, these goals cover main dimensions of sustainability relating to railways, such as energy efficiency, adaptation to climate change, sustainable mobility and stakeholder integration.

The Climate Change COP21 negotiations successfully concluded at the end of 2016. Notably an increased level of ambition (1.5 degrees) was included in the final outcome. Rail companies have an opportunity to demonstrate how increasing rail market share can help to reduce transport emissions and through this help to achieve the governmental commitments set out in the ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) and also support greater ambition for the 5 year revision of the NDC. In this frame, the UIC campaign ‘Train To Paris’ successfully showed the rail sector commitment and the major role as an alternative solution to climate change in the transport sector.

At the European level the rail sector must respond to the EU Transport Paper White mid-term review & implementation report. Effective steps are needed to turn the ambitious objectives into reality, including modal shift / emissions targets and internalisation of external costs. Rail freight noise remains a politically sensitive issue. Energy & CO2 have a high profile following COP21 and a growing recognition of the need to break the EU dependence on imported fossil fuels. This is reflected by recent developments in the EU ETS, renewable energy directive and proposed energy union. The conference will highlight how modal shift to rail has a key role in reducing both transport carbon emissions and the dependency on imported oil.

In addition to the global issues the conference will consider sustainability from the railway practitioners’ point of view, with deeper dives into energy management, sustainability reporting for the rail sector, and climate change adaptation, amongst other issues.

Further details regarding the conference will be announced in the coming months.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit: craven at uic.org

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Save the Date: 11th UIC Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017 at Paris UIC Headquarters

UIC will hold the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017.

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.
Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation.

Moderator: Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General UIC
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railways
  • Marco Paviotti, Policy Officer DG ENV
  • Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOVE

The registration link will soon be available.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

craven at uic.org

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Save the Date: 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in Vienna, 12, 13 & 14 October 2016

Following the success of previous editions held in London in 2008, Madrid in 2010 and Venice in 2012, UIC is jointly organising the 13th edition of the UIC Sustainability Conference with Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. This year, the conference will take place in the imperial city of Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre and this forthcoming event in Vienna is an example of ÖBB’s active participation in the work and challenges of UIC.

The conference will bring together high-level speakers from international organisations along with senior leaders from the railway sector and an audience of over 200 delegates to discuss a sustainable future for the railway sector by examining the key issues of how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage, attract investment whilst reducing costs and risk.

  • The first day, 12 October, will deal with the strategic dimension, giving the floor to high level speakers from the United Nations, World Bank, EU Commission, Austrian government, railway companies from different countries, EU transport institutions, followed by a gala dinner.
  • The second day, 13 October, will be more focused on technical aspects: Numerous Parallel sessions will deal with key sustainability issues affecting the rail sector including energy, noise, carbon, sustainability reporting, climate change adaptation, sustainable mobility, recycling and sustainable procurement, sustainability for maintenance activities.
  • The third day, 14 October, will be dedicated to technical visits.

A programme outline is available on the dedicated website and will be updated regularly over the coming months.

Please register on the website here.

There is no charge to attend this event; however places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Website: http://uic-environment.org/

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

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SLoCaT has developed 10 messages on raising ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

With contributions from many international stakeholders including UIC, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), has launched 10 messages encouraging more ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the centre of the Paris Agreement and represent the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change. According to the Paris Agreement, countries must renew or increase their commitments by the end of 2020, by amending their 2015 NDCs. In the transport sector, targets are not ambitious enough yet.

This is why SLoCaT is today sharing a set of crucial recommendations for countries to scale up transport ambition in their NDCs.

In that context, following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a large number of UIC railway Members, UIC has decided to update the railway sector’s commitments by committing to take a leading role in the actions to mitigate climate change, by reducing companies’ carbon footprint even further and supporting a shift towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes.

“The recommendations have been compiled by the SLOCAT Partnership in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.”

Sources: https://slocat.net/our-work/policy-and-engagement/ndcs/; https://unfccc.int/



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SLoCaT has developed 10 messages on raising ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

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With contributions from many international stakeholders including UIC, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), has launched 10 messages encouraging more ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the centre of the Paris Agreement and represent the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change. According to the Paris Agreement, countries must renew or increase their commitments by the end of 2020, by amending their 2015 NDCs. In the transport sector, targets are not ambitious enough yet.

This is why SLoCaT is today sharing a set of crucial recommendations for countries to scale up transport ambition in their NDCs.

In that context, following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a large number of UIC railway Members, UIC has decided to update the railway sector’s commitments by committing to take a leading role in the actions to mitigate climate change, by reducing companies’ carbon footprint even further and supporting a shift towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes.

“The recommendations have been compiled by the SLOCAT Partnership in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.”

Sources: https://slocat.net/our-work/policy-and-engagement/ndcs/; https://unfccc.int/



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SLoCaT has developed 10 messages on raising ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

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With contributions from many international stakeholders including UIC, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), has launched 10 messages encouraging more ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the centre of the Paris Agreement and represent the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change. According to the Paris Agreement, countries must renew or increase their commitments by the end of 2020, by amending their 2015 NDCs. In the transport sector, targets are not ambitious enough yet.

This is why SLoCaT is today sharing a set of crucial recommendations for countries to scale up transport ambition in their NDCs.

In that context, following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a large number of UIC railway Members, UIC has decided to update the railway sector’s commitments by committing to take a leading role in the actions to mitigate climate change, by reducing companies’ carbon footprint even further and supporting a shift towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes.

“The recommendations have been compiled by the SLOCAT Partnership in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.”

Sources: https://slocat.net/our-work/policy-and-engagement/ndcs/; https://unfccc.int/



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SLoCaT has developed 10 messages on raising ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

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With contributions from many international stakeholders including UIC, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), has launched 10 messages encouraging more ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the centre of the Paris Agreement and represent the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change. According to the Paris Agreement, countries must renew or increase their commitments by the end of 2020, by amending their 2015 NDCs. In the transport sector, targets are not ambitious enough yet.

This is why SLoCaT is today sharing a set of crucial recommendations for countries to scale up transport ambition in their NDCs.

In that context, following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a large number of UIC railway Members, UIC has decided to update the railway sector’s commitments by committing to take a leading role in the actions to mitigate climate change, by reducing companies’ carbon footprint even further and supporting a shift towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes.

“The recommendations have been compiled by the SLOCAT Partnership in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.”

Sources: https://slocat.net/our-work/policy-and-engagement/ndcs/; https://unfccc.int/



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SLoCaT has developed 10 messages on raising ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

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With contributions from many international stakeholders including UIC, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), has launched 10 messages encouraging more ambition for transport in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the centre of the Paris Agreement and represent the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to climate change. According to the Paris Agreement, countries must renew or increase their commitments by the end of 2020, by amending their 2015 NDCs. In the transport sector, targets are not ambitious enough yet.

This is why SLoCaT is today sharing a set of crucial recommendations for countries to scale up transport ambition in their NDCs.

In that context, following the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed in 2015 by a large number of UIC railway Members, UIC has decided to update the railway sector’s commitments by committing to take a leading role in the actions to mitigate climate change, by reducing companies’ carbon footprint even further and supporting a shift towards a more sustainable balance of transport modes.

“The recommendations have been compiled by the SLOCAT Partnership in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), following an open consultation with additional contributions from: Alstom, the Climate Group, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Walk 21.”

Sources: https://slocat.net/our-work/policy-and-engagement/ndcs/; https://unfccc.int/



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SLoCaT Partnership welcomes Maruxa Cardama as the New Secretary General

SLoCaT is pleased to announce the appointment of Maruxa Cardama as the new Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). Maruxa has been selected by the SLoCaT Board after an extensive, international search of strong candidates and is starting her tenure on 1 October 2018.

Maruxa offers a strong vision for the future of SLoCaT, building on the successful trajectory of its founding Secretary General, Cornie Huizenga, and Holger Dalkmann, who led the organisation during the recent interim period after Cornie stepped down earlier in the year. Looking forward, Maruxa will continue to work closely with SLoCaT members and partners to leverage the Partnership’s mission to promote sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change.

In 2017, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was appointed new Board Member of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

UIC has developed a close partnership with SLoCaT over the last few years, seeking to
promote sustainable transport in worldwide policies on climate change and sustainability.

(Source: SLoCaT)

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SLoCaT releases a new publication entitled “Sustainable transport: a critical driver to achieve the sustainable development goals”

The SLoCaT Partnership has just released a new report, “Sustainable Transport: A Critical Driver to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” to summarise how transport has been reflected in the first quadrennial voluntary national reviews reporting cycle from 2016 – 2019.

Since the first United Nations High Level Political Forum in 2016, SLoCaT has been assessing transport references in the VNRs submitted each year. The assessment aims to:

• Provide a useful resource for policy-makers to better understand the role of transport in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
• Outline recommendations to policy-makers on goal-setting, implementing and reporting on sustainable transport progress
• Help the transport community (and other relevant sectors e.g. energy, health) better understand the pattern, gaps and opportunities in reporting sustainable transport in the VNR process

Throughout the lifespan of the HLPF, countries have been reporting on transport as a vital sector to implement SDGs, showcasing on-the-ground implementation and best practices. Through the VNRs, countries contribute to offer leverage and momentum for the transport sector to move along a more sustainable path.
As part of the report’s recommendations, SLoCaT also proposed a framework with a step-by-step methodological approach to assist transport sector policy-makers in translating SDGs in national sector plans, strategies and budgets; designing policy interventions to target resources at root bottlenecks; and providing coordinated and pooled policy support for sustainable transport development.

You can download the full report here: http://bit.ly/VNRreport

A short summary of the key observations can be found at www.slocat.net/vnr

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe at uic.org

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SNCF International Forum on Mobility

On 28 October 2015 SNCF (French Railways) organised the 1st International Forum on Sustainable Mobilities to find solutions to fight against Climate Change.

Representatives of 21 countries reviewed sustainable mobilities.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, participated in the event through a video message available here:

The video of the event is available here:

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Social media campaign based on UIC- UNIFE -UITP Joint Statement: Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow

UIC, UITP and UNIFE issued on 3 June 2020 a joint statement highlighting public transport’s central place in the world of tomorrow.

Following the launch of this joint statement, UIC, together with UITP and UNIFE, produced a series of illustrations to promote rail and public transport on social media.

Rail and public transport are part of the solution to a more sustainable future.

These illustrations were published during the week of 8 to 12 June 2020 on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

#RAILsilience #EUGreenDeal #Covid19 #ClimateChange

To read the Joint Statement:

https://bit.ly/2MTwACJ

Please find these illustrations below:

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Social media campaign based on UIC- UNIFE -UITP Joint Statement: Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow

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UIC, UITP and UNIFE issued on 3 June 2020 a joint statement highlighting public transport’s central place in the world of tomorrow.

Following the launch of this joint statement, UIC, together with UITP and UNIFE, produced a series of illustrations to promote rail and public transport on social media.

Rail and public transport are part of the solution to a more sustainable future.

These illustrations were published during the week of 8 to 12 June 2020 on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

#RAILsilience #EUGreenDeal #Covid19 #ClimateChange

To read the Joint Statement:

https://bit.ly/2MTwACJ

Please find these illustrations below:

See the full article

Social media campaign based on UIC- UNIFE -UITP Joint Statement: Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow

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UIC, UITP and UNIFE issued on 3 June 2020 a joint statement highlighting public transport’s central place in the world of tomorrow.

Following the launch of this joint statement, UIC, together with UITP and UNIFE, produced a series of illustrations to promote rail and public transport on social media.

Rail and public transport are part of the solution to a more sustainable future.

These illustrations were published during the week of 8 to 12 June 2020 on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

#RAILsilience #EUGreenDeal #Covid19 #ClimateChange

To read the Joint Statement:

https://bit.ly/2MTwACJ

Please find these illustrations below:

See the full article

Social media campaign based on UIC- UNIFE -UITP Joint Statement: Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow

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UIC, UITP and UNIFE issued on 3 June 2020 a joint statement highlighting public transport’s central place in the world of tomorrow.

Following the launch of this joint statement, UIC, together with UITP and UNIFE, produced a series of illustrations to promote rail and public transport on social media.

Rail and public transport are part of the solution to a more sustainable future.

These illustrations were published during the week of 8 to 12 June 2020 on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

#RAILsilience #EUGreenDeal #Covid19 #ClimateChange

To read the Joint Statement:

https://bit.ly/2MTwACJ

Please find these illustrations below:

See the full article

Social media campaign based on UIC- UNIFE -UITP Joint Statement: Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow

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UIC, UITP and UNIFE issued on 3 June 2020 a joint statement highlighting public transport’s central place in the world of tomorrow.

Following the launch of this joint statement, UIC, together with UITP and UNIFE, produced a series of illustrations to promote rail and public transport on social media.

Rail and public transport are part of the solution to a more sustainable future.

These illustrations were published during the week of 8 to 12 June 2020 on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

#RAILsilience #EUGreenDeal #Covid19 #ClimateChange

To read the Joint Statement:

https://bit.ly/2MTwACJ

Please find these illustrations below:

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Station Managers Global Group (SMGG) meeting held from 26 – 27 February 2020 at UIC Paris

On 26 and 27 February 2020, UIC was pleased to welcome the Station Managers Global Group members for the first meeting of the year. Taking the opportunity as host of this event, Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, took part as well to debate the future of the stations and the working group: “railway stations are a very important part of the railway system”. Moreover, Mr Davenne highlight the need to deal with the green deal and modal shift in order to reduce the carbon footprint. Railway stations are the platform of economic, social and mobility interaction between the city and the rail transport, thus, the collaboration with the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) is required to develop a smooth intermodal shift based on the “Mobility as a Services” (MaaS) model.

After an overview of members’ perspective, UIC and members pointed out the crucial role of stations in the context of the open market which was debated for three hours during the quarterly debate of the working group. The Open Market of rail transport in Europe will considerably transform European railway stations for many reasons:

  • Due to the multiplication of railway operators
  • Requirement to offer a broad panel of services depending on operators’ expectations
  • Influence of multicultural operators
  • Impact on the space by the duplication of ticket vending machines, assistance desk, people with mobility services, waiting rooms, information display systems

The first objective of the open market is to attract more people to rail. To achieve this, stations must be ready to accommodate more passengers and users, which means finding concrete and effective solutions to the issue of capacity in a restricted environment.

The second part of the meeting was focused on the ongoing project “Long-Term Development of Railway Stations”. On this occasion, members discussed smart solutions for railway stations. The deliverable of this work package will be a website of a smart solutions catalogue where members can find solutions with the potential to solve issues. This library will be available for UIC members, station operators and private companies who want to propose their solutions (with restricted access). This platform, similar to the Rail Security Hub promoted by our colleagues of the Security Division, will offer new opportunities to members. This package is in collaboration with the Fundamental Values department (Security Division and Sustainable Unit) in order to integrate as much as possible an overview of societal and sustainable solutions.

The third work package of LTDRS concerns the Transit-Oriented Development. To manage his package, SNCF – Hubs & Connexion took the lead. According to the topic, SMGG and SNCF invited one student team from Paris Science Politique to present their approach about “Smart Transit-Oriented Development”.

The final work package, stations of the future, was debated as well to define the framework. The form of the package and the deliverable are not yet defined by the members.

The Station Managers Global Group recorded two very important decisions, the first concerns the frequency of the meeting. In order to set up a smooth collaboration with the members and improve the quality of its functions, a conference call will be organised between each physical meeting.

The second decision concerns the future of the sector. To better meet companies’ needs, members approved the launch of a process of restructuring. Thus, SMGG will be transformed to welcome more dedicated working groups to be compliant with the members’ daily station activities. Therefore, the new form of the sector will be proposed for approval by the Global Passenger Forum Steering Committee and for endorsement during the Global Passenger Forum Plenary Meeting in July.

UIC reiterates that no company has expressed any interest yet to host the 2021 UIC nextstation conference. This conference (https://nextstation.org/), fully dedicated to station matters, is a magnificent platform to interact with international experts from companies, industries and universities. Thus, any company who is interested in hosting the 8th conference is kindly invited to contact the UIC passenger department or the UIC communications department.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager - Passenger Department, Passenger Railway Stations:

gautier at uic.org

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Station Managers Global Group (SMGG) meeting held from 26 – 27 February 2020 at UIC Paris

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On 26 and 27 February 2020, UIC was pleased to welcome the Station Managers Global Group members for the first meeting of the year. Taking the opportunity as host of this event, Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, took part as well to debate the future of the stations and the working group: “railway stations are a very important part of the railway system”. Moreover, Mr Davenne highlight the need to deal with the green deal and modal shift in order to reduce the carbon footprint. Railway stations are the platform of economic, social and mobility interaction between the city and the rail transport, thus, the collaboration with the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) is required to develop a smooth intermodal shift based on the “Mobility as a Services” (MaaS) model.

After an overview of members’ perspective, UIC and members pointed out the crucial role of stations in the context of the open market which was debated for three hours during the quarterly debate of the working group. The Open Market of rail transport in Europe will considerably transform European railway stations for many reasons:

  • Due to the multiplication of railway operators
  • Requirement to offer a broad panel of services depending on operators’ expectations
  • Influence of multicultural operators
  • Impact on the space by the duplication of ticket vending machines, assistance desk, people with mobility services, waiting rooms, information display systems

The first objective of the open market is to attract more people to rail. To achieve this, stations must be ready to accommodate more passengers and users, which means finding concrete and effective solutions to the issue of capacity in a restricted environment.

The second part of the meeting was focused on the ongoing project “Long-Term Development of Railway Stations”. On this occasion, members discussed smart solutions for railway stations. The deliverable of this work package will be a website of a smart solutions catalogue where members can find solutions with the potential to solve issues. This library will be available for UIC members, station operators and private companies who want to propose their solutions (with restricted access). This platform, similar to the Rail Security Hub promoted by our colleagues of the Security Division, will offer new opportunities to members. This package is in collaboration with the Fundamental Values department (Security Division and Sustainable Unit) in order to integrate as much as possible an overview of societal and sustainable solutions.

The third work package of LTDRS concerns the Transit-Oriented Development. To manage his package, SNCF – Hubs & Connexion took the lead. According to the topic, SMGG and SNCF invited one student team from Paris Science Politique to present their approach about “Smart Transit-Oriented Development”.

The final work package, stations of the future, was debated as well to define the framework. The form of the package and the deliverable are not yet defined by the members.

The Station Managers Global Group recorded two very important decisions, the first concerns the frequency of the meeting. In order to set up a smooth collaboration with the members and improve the quality of its functions, a conference call will be organised between each physical meeting.

The second decision concerns the future of the sector. To better meet companies’ needs, members approved the launch of a process of restructuring. Thus, SMGG will be transformed to welcome more dedicated working groups to be compliant with the members’ daily station activities. Therefore, the new form of the sector will be proposed for approval by the Global Passenger Forum Steering Committee and for endorsement during the Global Passenger Forum Plenary Meeting in July.

UIC reiterates that no company has expressed any interest yet to host the 2021 UIC nextstation conference. This conference (https://nextstation.org/), fully dedicated to station matters, is a magnificent platform to interact with international experts from companies, industries and universities. Thus, any company who is interested in hosting the 8th conference is kindly invited to contact the UIC passenger department or the UIC communications department.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager - Passenger Department, Passenger Railway Stations:

gautier at uic.org

See the full article

Station Managers Global Group (SMGG) meeting held from 26 – 27 February 2020 at UIC Paris

]

On 26 and 27 February 2020, UIC was pleased to welcome the Station Managers Global Group members for the first meeting of the year. Taking the opportunity as host of this event, Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, took part as well to debate the future of the stations and the working group: “railway stations are a very important part of the railway system”. Moreover, Mr Davenne highlight the need to deal with the green deal and modal shift in order to reduce the carbon footprint. Railway stations are the platform of economic, social and mobility interaction between the city and the rail transport, thus, the collaboration with the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) is required to develop a smooth intermodal shift based on the “Mobility as a Services” (MaaS) model.

After an overview of members’ perspective, UIC and members pointed out the crucial role of stations in the context of the open market which was debated for three hours during the quarterly debate of the working group. The Open Market of rail transport in Europe will considerably transform European railway stations for many reasons:

  • Due to the multiplication of railway operators
  • Requirement to offer a broad panel of services depending on operators’ expectations
  • Influence of multicultural operators
  • Impact on the space by the duplication of ticket vending machines, assistance desk, people with mobility services, waiting rooms, information display systems

The first objective of the open market is to attract more people to rail. To achieve this, stations must be ready to accommodate more passengers and users, which means finding concrete and effective solutions to the issue of capacity in a restricted environment.

The second part of the meeting was focused on the ongoing project “Long-Term Development of Railway Stations”. On this occasion, members discussed smart solutions for railway stations. The deliverable of this work package will be a website of a smart solutions catalogue where members can find solutions with the potential to solve issues. This library will be available for UIC members, station operators and private companies who want to propose their solutions (with restricted access). This platform, similar to the Rail Security Hub promoted by our colleagues of the Security Division, will offer new opportunities to members. This package is in collaboration with the Fundamental Values department (Security Division and Sustainable Unit) in order to integrate as much as possible an overview of societal and sustainable solutions.

The third work package of LTDRS concerns the Transit-Oriented Development. To manage his package, SNCF – Hubs & Connexion took the lead. According to the topic, SMGG and SNCF invited one student team from Paris Science Politique to present their approach about “Smart Transit-Oriented Development”.

The final work package, stations of the future, was debated as well to define the framework. The form of the package and the deliverable are not yet defined by the members.

The Station Managers Global Group recorded two very important decisions, the first concerns the frequency of the meeting. In order to set up a smooth collaboration with the members and improve the quality of its functions, a conference call will be organised between each physical meeting.

The second decision concerns the future of the sector. To better meet companies’ needs, members approved the launch of a process of restructuring. Thus, SMGG will be transformed to welcome more dedicated working groups to be compliant with the members’ daily station activities. Therefore, the new form of the sector will be proposed for approval by the Global Passenger Forum Steering Committee and for endorsement during the Global Passenger Forum Plenary Meeting in July.

UIC reiterates that no company has expressed any interest yet to host the 2021 UIC nextstation conference. This conference (https://nextstation.org/), fully dedicated to station matters, is a magnificent platform to interact with international experts from companies, industries and universities. Thus, any company who is interested in hosting the 8th conference is kindly invited to contact the UIC passenger department or the UIC communications department.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager - Passenger Department, Passenger Railway Stations:

gautier at uic.org

See the full article

Station Managers Global Group (SMGG) meeting held from 26 – 27 February 2020 at UIC Paris

]

On 26 and 27 February 2020, UIC was pleased to welcome the Station Managers Global Group members for the first meeting of the year. Taking the opportunity as host of this event, Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, took part as well to debate the future of the stations and the working group: “railway stations are a very important part of the railway system”. Moreover, Mr Davenne highlight the need to deal with the green deal and modal shift in order to reduce the carbon footprint. Railway stations are the platform of economic, social and mobility interaction between the city and the rail transport, thus, the collaboration with the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) is required to develop a smooth intermodal shift based on the “Mobility as a Services” (MaaS) model.

After an overview of members’ perspective, UIC and members pointed out the crucial role of stations in the context of the open market which was debated for three hours during the quarterly debate of the working group. The Open Market of rail transport in Europe will considerably transform European railway stations for many reasons:

  • Due to the multiplication of railway operators
  • Requirement to offer a broad panel of services depending on operators’ expectations
  • Influence of multicultural operators
  • Impact on the space by the duplication of ticket vending machines, assistance desk, people with mobility services, waiting rooms, information display systems

The first objective of the open market is to attract more people to rail. To achieve this, stations must be ready to accommodate more passengers and users, which means finding concrete and effective solutions to the issue of capacity in a restricted environment.

The second part of the meeting was focused on the ongoing project “Long-Term Development of Railway Stations”. On this occasion, members discussed smart solutions for railway stations. The deliverable of this work package will be a website of a smart solutions catalogue where members can find solutions with the potential to solve issues. This library will be available for UIC members, station operators and private companies who want to propose their solutions (with restricted access). This platform, similar to the Rail Security Hub promoted by our colleagues of the Security Division, will offer new opportunities to members. This package is in collaboration with the Fundamental Values department (Security Division and Sustainable Unit) in order to integrate as much as possible an overview of societal and sustainable solutions.

The third work package of LTDRS concerns the Transit-Oriented Development. To manage his package, SNCF – Hubs & Connexion took the lead. According to the topic, SMGG and SNCF invited one student team from Paris Science Politique to present their approach about “Smart Transit-Oriented Development”.

The final work package, stations of the future, was debated as well to define the framework. The form of the package and the deliverable are not yet defined by the members.

The Station Managers Global Group recorded two very important decisions, the first concerns the frequency of the meeting. In order to set up a smooth collaboration with the members and improve the quality of its functions, a conference call will be organised between each physical meeting.

The second decision concerns the future of the sector. To better meet companies’ needs, members approved the launch of a process of restructuring. Thus, SMGG will be transformed to welcome more dedicated working groups to be compliant with the members’ daily station activities. Therefore, the new form of the sector will be proposed for approval by the Global Passenger Forum Steering Committee and for endorsement during the Global Passenger Forum Plenary Meeting in July.

UIC reiterates that no company has expressed any interest yet to host the 2021 UIC nextstation conference. This conference (https://nextstation.org/), fully dedicated to station matters, is a magnificent platform to interact with international experts from companies, industries and universities. Thus, any company who is interested in hosting the 8th conference is kindly invited to contact the UIC passenger department or the UIC communications department.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager - Passenger Department, Passenger Railway Stations:

gautier at uic.org

See the full article

Station Managers Global Group (SMGG) meeting held from 26 – 27 February 2020 at UIC Paris

]

On 26 and 27 February 2020, UIC was pleased to welcome the Station Managers Global Group members for the first meeting of the year. Taking the opportunity as host of this event, Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, took part as well to debate the future of the stations and the working group: “railway stations are a very important part of the railway system”. Moreover, Mr Davenne highlight the need to deal with the green deal and modal shift in order to reduce the carbon footprint. Railway stations are the platform of economic, social and mobility interaction between the city and the rail transport, thus, the collaboration with the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) is required to develop a smooth intermodal shift based on the “Mobility as a Services” (MaaS) model.

After an overview of members’ perspective, UIC and members pointed out the crucial role of stations in the context of the open market which was debated for three hours during the quarterly debate of the working group. The Open Market of rail transport in Europe will considerably transform European railway stations for many reasons:

  • Due to the multiplication of railway operators
  • Requirement to offer a broad panel of services depending on operators’ expectations
  • Influence of multicultural operators
  • Impact on the space by the duplication of ticket vending machines, assistance desk, people with mobility services, waiting rooms, information display systems

The first objective of the open market is to attract more people to rail. To achieve this, stations must be ready to accommodate more passengers and users, which means finding concrete and effective solutions to the issue of capacity in a restricted environment.

The second part of the meeting was focused on the ongoing project “Long-Term Development of Railway Stations”. On this occasion, members discussed smart solutions for railway stations. The deliverable of this work package will be a website of a smart solutions catalogue where members can find solutions with the potential to solve issues. This library will be available for UIC members, station operators and private companies who want to propose their solutions (with restricted access). This platform, similar to the Rail Security Hub promoted by our colleagues of the Security Division, will offer new opportunities to members. This package is in collaboration with the Fundamental Values department (Security Division and Sustainable Unit) in order to integrate as much as possible an overview of societal and sustainable solutions.

The third work package of LTDRS concerns the Transit-Oriented Development. To manage his package, SNCF – Hubs & Connexion took the lead. According to the topic, SMGG and SNCF invited one student team from Paris Science Politique to present their approach about “Smart Transit-Oriented Development”.

The final work package, stations of the future, was debated as well to define the framework. The form of the package and the deliverable are not yet defined by the members.

The Station Managers Global Group recorded two very important decisions, the first concerns the frequency of the meeting. In order to set up a smooth collaboration with the members and improve the quality of its functions, a conference call will be organised between each physical meeting.

The second decision concerns the future of the sector. To better meet companies’ needs, members approved the launch of a process of restructuring. Thus, SMGG will be transformed to welcome more dedicated working groups to be compliant with the members’ daily station activities. Therefore, the new form of the sector will be proposed for approval by the Global Passenger Forum Steering Committee and for endorsement during the Global Passenger Forum Plenary Meeting in July.

UIC reiterates that no company has expressed any interest yet to host the 2021 UIC nextstation conference. This conference (https://nextstation.org/), fully dedicated to station matters, is a magnificent platform to interact with international experts from companies, industries and universities. Thus, any company who is interested in hosting the 8th conference is kindly invited to contact the UIC passenger department or the UIC communications department.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager - Passenger Department, Passenger Railway Stations:

gautier at uic.org

See the full article

Successful meeting on soil pollution and remediation held in Riga, Latvia (14-15 October 2010)

On 14 and 15 October, the UIC Expert Group on Polluted Soils and Remediation held a two-day seminar in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The meeting was hosted by Latvijas Dzelzceļš (LDZ, Latvian Railways). Almost 50 participants from various European railways were welcomed by Mr. Măris Riekstiņŝ, LDZ Director of Development.

In his opening statement Mr. Riekstiņŝ gave an overview of the developments LDZ is undergoing, as well as the difficulties it is encountering. One of these is the question of contaminated soils on railway property. He welcomed the opportunity to cooperate closely with UIC and with individual railways, more specifically the chance to exchange information and experiences.

Since 2007, the UIC Expert Group on Polluted Soils and Remediation has actively sought to place polluted soils on the railways’ agenda. Furthermore, the objective of the Expert Group is to promote the exchange of specific know-how in this field. One of the main objectives of the meeting in Riga was to draw attention to the potential impact of soil pollution, not only on train operations but also on companies’ financial position and reputation in society.

Polluted soils are as old as the railways themselves. Most of the pollution we face nowadays has its roots in the steam age. In those days railways, like any other business at that time, paid scant regard to the potential consequences on the ecological environment of dumping oil and waste. Nowadays we know better and, although the majority of railway companies have taken action to remediate the most urgent sites and prevent further contamination, there still are huge problems. These problems occur when railway land has to be transferred to new owners or when the land is set to be used for other purposes.

At the meeting in Riga, participants received input from several points of view.
First the governmental perspective, in which legislation and policy implementation were highlighted by Mr. Roland Bebris (Latvian Ministry of the Environment) and Mr. Ton Honders (Dutch Ministry of the Environment). The consequences of legislation and an overall risk management approach were also presented by the Dutch government.

In a meeting like this, the financial perspective is a vital consideration. Polluted soils can be part of corporate property and it is clear that the possession of such property can represent a high risk, with significant negative effects on the financial position of the company. Based on their respective experiences, Mr. Bertil Grundfelt and Mr. Erhard Robold (both consultants in this field) clearly showed the audience how to deal with the involved risks.

The afternoon session focused mainly on the sharing of best practices. Three cases were presented by:

  • Mr. Mads Dige Toft, RAMBØLL (Banedanmark), who highlighted the typical practical issues of handling polluted soil that are associated with both project planning and project execution.
  • Ms. Patrizia Gregori (SNCF), who presented SNCF’s 2008 – 2015 programme to improve and renew the fuel filling installations on the rail network, while simultaneously remediating contaminated sites for a total cost of € 60 million.
  • Ms. Inăra Krumiņa (LDZ) gave an overview of the ongoing work in Daugavpils, which is located in southern Latvia. On this site the groundwater is severely contaminated with diesel and oil from the mass storage facilities and is undergoing remediation.

The last point of view presented concerned the prevention of soil pollution. Mr. Paolo Contestabile, the UIC representative in the InfraGuider project, presented the ambitions and scope of this project to set guidelines for the purchase of sustainable rail infrastructure systems and components. His view was supported by Malin Kotake, who shared with participants some experiences at Trafikverket (Sweden) in this field.

Finally, the meeting ended with a brief look at the future development of UIC’s work in the area of sustainable land use.

The various presentations from the seminar can be downloaded from the UIC homepage, http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article2635

The second day was devoted to a visit to a LDZ rolling stock service point where the filling station has been renewed. The final part of the excursion was a visit to the Latvian Railway History Museum in Riga, where the manager of the museum was presented with the official seminar poster – so if you ever come to Riga and visit the Railway History Museum you may see the poster hanging on the wall.

For further information please contact Lisette Mortensen: mortensen at uic.org

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Successful MERLIN Mid-Term Conference hosted by the 5th “UIC Energy Efficiency Days” (EED 2014) 2014 in Antwerp

“Energy and the Railways – Smart Friends”

The MERLIN Mid-Term Conference, the EU co-funded project dealing with the investigation on the viability of an integrated management system to achieve an optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems, and comprising 18 partners, is currently held in Antwerp.

This Conference, hosted by the UIC Energy Efficiency Days 2014, bringing together around 70 participants, is devoted to the presentation of the intermediate outcomes of the European project; MERLIN. In this EU-funded project, UIC leads the dissemination tasks and plays a supporting role in the work package dealing with Recommendations, Market Uptake and Standardisation. UIC furthermore brings its expertise by bringing together the MERLIN Rail Reference Group that has been set up to take into account operators and Infrastructure Managers in developing the outcome of MERLIN.

Franco Cataldo, Technical Affairs Manager at UNIFE and MERLIN Project Manager, gave an overview of the project. He highlighted the importance of the MERLIN project, evidenced by the strong participant of the key actors from the sector. He said: “Energy management is a key issue for railway systems MERLIN will propose the architecture for future smart energy management systems.”

Mr Hans Günther Kersten, Director of the Rail System Department of UIC, said:

Amongst research and development projects, MERLIN is a good example of the long and fruitful technical collaboration between UIC, UNIFE and other partners. With this background of successful collaboration, UIC in its capacity as representative of the railway operators, wishes to highlight that this project has been conceived to help us not only to improve our environmental friendliness but also to enable us to be cost effective. As regards energy efficiency, the usual conflict between ecology on the one hand and profitability on the other hand does not exist. Here, both vectors are pointing in the same direction, as every amount of energy saved with the same performance output is a plus for both the environment and the economic profit. Thus leading to a classic win-win situation to which the results of MERLIN will no doubt contribute. It is therefore of utmost importance that the industry and the railway companies share the same vision of the market that is represented by the customers travelling by railway or using it to transfer goods. Once all stakeholders will share this vision, a renaissance of the railway transport will be possible, if not we may miss a lot of important opportunities.”

Monica Pelegrin of ADIF gave a presentation on “The Needs of Railway Operators in terms of Energy Management”, which gave the opportunity to present the five MERLIN Scenarios and their objectives; Ruth Arregui (CAF) gave an introductory presentation to the architectures of the MERLIN railway energy management system, with Roberto Palacin going into more detail with regard to the strategic decision making tool, followed by an in-depth presentation on the operational energy management system by Valerio Recagno (D’Appolonia).

At the end of the day, Franco Cataldo and Eduardo Prieto (FFE) gave a presentation on the legislative and standardisation interactions that MERLIN will intend to have. The MERLIN steering board chairman brought the conference to an end with concluding remarks that summarised the day’s event.

All panel sessions gave rise to a very rich exchange between speakers and participants raising relevant issues about smarter use of energy in the railway system.

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer at uic.org

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Successful UIC Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform the concept into reality.

In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC organised a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels attended by over 100 participants of 17 different nationalities. Among them, representatives from UIC members, UIC partner railway associations, European institutions, universities, local authorities as well as from the economy.

Simon Fletcher, Coordinator of the UIC European Region, delivered UIC Director General François Davenne’s message as an introduction to the event: given the current rate of global warming, making modal shift desirable should be a priority. He added that railways should be attractive to the end user and using railways should become second nature.

Click here to read the full speech:

https://bit.ly/2uM8Z1o

Keynote speakers included: Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS and Judit Sandor, Programme Manager for the Cross-Cutting Activities, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

The first roundtable, moderated by Simon Fletcher, addressed the topic of the initiatives already taken towards low carbon mobility. Speakers included Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East, Saïd Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communications of Moroccan Railways (ONCF), Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail and RailToCOP26) and Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”.

The second roundtable, moderated by Carole Escolan-Zeno from SNCF Voyageurs, explored how to make modal shift desirable by rediscovering the virtue of frugality. Speakers included: Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division / Fret (SNCF), Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome, Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy (CER) and Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie.

Speakers’ insightful presentations brought to the audience’s attention that modal shift must go hand-in-hand with the use of low greenhouse gases emitting modes of transport like public transport, walking and biking and that individual cars, including electric ones, cannot be the solution to reduce congestion and space scarcity in urban areas.

Moreover, developing sustainable solutions requires political will and audacity: cities must regulate and move from a reactive to a proactive approach considering economic as well as social aspects and involve citizens in the process. Regulating is not an option anymore for local authorities, whether this is for polluting vehicles like SUVs in cities or for airlines. Systemic and administrative barriers should be broken down to facilitate a real shift.

Furthermore, railway research, innovation and digitisation can support modal shift and contribute to energy efficiency and increase rail attractiveness both for passenger and freight transport. Innovating together, for regions like the European Union, is also an important way to move forward and put an end to a strong intra-sector competition. There is for example an unused capacity in rail freight and digitisation could be a great tool to optimise modal shift and move from air or road to rail.

Tools such as MAAS (mobility as a service) can increase sustainable travel and lower dependence on private cars by promoting micro-mobility and shared mobility in public spaces especially for the first and last miles. Speaking of the key topic of space in urban, countries like Japan elaborate great projects such as developing stations as hubs – key elements for MAAS solutions – with added value to stations and, hence revitalising urban areas.

Additionally, the example of developing a high-speed line from Tangier to Casablanca in Morocco not only shows a great example of digitisation meeting sustainability but also demonstrates how rail can take passengers from road to rail, improving safety and security in the country.

Nevertheless, innovation was questioned during the event as innovating can cause rebound effects that can prevent the railway and the transport sector to curb greenhouse gases emissions. This should not be forgotten by transport actors and decision makers.

Modal shift is indeed desirable for the reasons listed above, but what the event showed is that we also need a change in mindset to make not only transport but also people rediscover some kind of frugality in their transport use such as maximising capacity and use the assets we already have.

Rethinking our transport needs – including for major events like COP – is not to be postponed, for if we do not act fast, modal shift might not be enough to be part of the solution to climate change. Many aspects seen as negative, challenging or discouraging for railways should be opportunities to improve and policy decision makers should encourage the creation of funding schemes for sustainable transport using revenue from more polluting modes of transport – based on the polluter pays principle – to fund sustainable modes.

Key messages from the event in Brussels will be used to create a statement from the railways, to be taken to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development team:

environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Successful UIC Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform the concept into reality.

In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC organised a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels attended by over 100 participants of 17 different nationalities. Among them, representatives from UIC members, UIC partner railway associations, European institutions, universities, local authorities as well as from the economy.

Simon Fletcher, Coordinator of the UIC European Region, delivered UIC Director General François Davenne’s message as an introduction to the event: given the current rate of global warming, making modal shift desirable should be a priority. He added that railways should be attractive to the end user and using railways should become second nature.

Click here to read the full speech:

https://bit.ly/2uM8Z1o

Keynote speakers included: Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS and Judit Sandor, Programme Manager for the Cross-Cutting Activities, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

The first roundtable, moderated by Simon Fletcher, addressed the topic of the initiatives already taken towards low carbon mobility. Speakers included Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East, Saïd Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communications of Moroccan Railways (ONCF), Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail and RailToCOP26) and Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”.

The second roundtable, moderated by Carole Escolan-Zeno from SNCF Voyageurs, explored how to make modal shift desirable by rediscovering the virtue of frugality. Speakers included: Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division / Fret (SNCF), Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome, Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy (CER) and Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie.

Speakers’ insightful presentations brought to the audience’s attention that modal shift must go hand-in-hand with the use of low greenhouse gases emitting modes of transport like public transport, walking and biking and that individual cars, including electric ones, cannot be the solution to reduce congestion and space scarcity in urban areas.

Moreover, developing sustainable solutions requires political will and audacity: cities must regulate and move from a reactive to a proactive approach considering economic as well as social aspects and involve citizens in the process. Regulating is not an option anymore for local authorities, whether this is for polluting vehicles like SUVs in cities or for airlines. Systemic and administrative barriers should be broken down to facilitate a real shift.

Furthermore, railway research, innovation and digitisation can support modal shift and contribute to energy efficiency and increase rail attractiveness both for passenger and freight transport. Innovating together, for regions like the European Union, is also an important way to move forward and put an end to a strong intra-sector competition. There is for example an unused capacity in rail freight and digitisation could be a great tool to optimise modal shift and move from air or road to rail.

Tools such as MAAS (mobility as a service) can increase sustainable travel and lower dependence on private cars by promoting micro-mobility and shared mobility in public spaces especially for the first and last miles. Speaking of the key topic of space in urban, countries like Japan elaborate great projects such as developing stations as hubs – key elements for MAAS solutions – with added value to stations and, hence revitalising urban areas.

Additionally, the example of developing a high-speed line from Tangier to Casablanca in Morocco not only shows a great example of digitisation meeting sustainability but also demonstrates how rail can take passengers from road to rail, improving safety and security in the country.

Nevertheless, innovation was questioned during the event as innovating can cause rebound effects that can prevent the railway and the transport sector to curb greenhouse gases emissions. This should not be forgotten by transport actors and decision makers.

Modal shift is indeed desirable for the reasons listed above, but what the event showed is that we also need a change in mindset to make not only transport but also people rediscover some kind of frugality in their transport use such as maximising capacity and use the assets we already have.

Rethinking our transport needs – including for major events like COP – is not to be postponed, for if we do not act fast, modal shift might not be enough to be part of the solution to climate change. Many aspects seen as negative, challenging or discouraging for railways should be opportunities to improve and policy decision makers should encourage the creation of funding schemes for sustainable transport using revenue from more polluting modes of transport – based on the polluter pays principle – to fund sustainable modes.

Key messages from the event in Brussels will be used to create a statement from the railways, to be taken to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development team:

environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Successful UIC Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform the concept into reality.

In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC organised a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels attended by over 100 participants of 17 different nationalities. Among them, representatives from UIC members, UIC partner railway associations, European institutions, universities, local authorities as well as from the economy.

Simon Fletcher, Coordinator of the UIC European Region, delivered UIC Director General François Davenne’s message as an introduction to the event: given the current rate of global warming, making modal shift desirable should be a priority. He added that railways should be attractive to the end user and using railways should become second nature.

Click here to read the full speech:

https://bit.ly/2uM8Z1o

Keynote speakers included: Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS and Judit Sandor, Programme Manager for the Cross-Cutting Activities, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

The first roundtable, moderated by Simon Fletcher, addressed the topic of the initiatives already taken towards low carbon mobility. Speakers included Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East, Saïd Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communications of Moroccan Railways (ONCF), Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail and RailToCOP26) and Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”.

The second roundtable, moderated by Carole Escolan-Zeno from SNCF Voyageurs, explored how to make modal shift desirable by rediscovering the virtue of frugality. Speakers included: Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division / Fret (SNCF), Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome, Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy (CER) and Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie.

Speakers’ insightful presentations brought to the audience’s attention that modal shift must go hand-in-hand with the use of low greenhouse gases emitting modes of transport like public transport, walking and biking and that individual cars, including electric ones, cannot be the solution to reduce congestion and space scarcity in urban areas.

Moreover, developing sustainable solutions requires political will and audacity: cities must regulate and move from a reactive to a proactive approach considering economic as well as social aspects and involve citizens in the process. Regulating is not an option anymore for local authorities, whether this is for polluting vehicles like SUVs in cities or for airlines. Systemic and administrative barriers should be broken down to facilitate a real shift.

Furthermore, railway research, innovation and digitisation can support modal shift and contribute to energy efficiency and increase rail attractiveness both for passenger and freight transport. Innovating together, for regions like the European Union, is also an important way to move forward and put an end to a strong intra-sector competition. There is for example an unused capacity in rail freight and digitisation could be a great tool to optimise modal shift and move from air or road to rail.

Tools such as MAAS (mobility as a service) can increase sustainable travel and lower dependence on private cars by promoting micro-mobility and shared mobility in public spaces especially for the first and last miles. Speaking of the key topic of space in urban, countries like Japan elaborate great projects such as developing stations as hubs – key elements for MAAS solutions – with added value to stations and, hence revitalising urban areas.

Additionally, the example of developing a high-speed line from Tangier to Casablanca in Morocco not only shows a great example of digitisation meeting sustainability but also demonstrates how rail can take passengers from road to rail, improving safety and security in the country.

Nevertheless, innovation was questioned during the event as innovating can cause rebound effects that can prevent the railway and the transport sector to curb greenhouse gases emissions. This should not be forgotten by transport actors and decision makers.

Modal shift is indeed desirable for the reasons listed above, but what the event showed is that we also need a change in mindset to make not only transport but also people rediscover some kind of frugality in their transport use such as maximising capacity and use the assets we already have.

Rethinking our transport needs – including for major events like COP – is not to be postponed, for if we do not act fast, modal shift might not be enough to be part of the solution to climate change. Many aspects seen as negative, challenging or discouraging for railways should be opportunities to improve and policy decision makers should encourage the creation of funding schemes for sustainable transport using revenue from more polluting modes of transport – based on the polluter pays principle – to fund sustainable modes.

Key messages from the event in Brussels will be used to create a statement from the railways, to be taken to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development team:

environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Successful UIC Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform the concept into reality.

In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC organised a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels attended by over 100 participants of 17 different nationalities. Among them, representatives from UIC members, UIC partner railway associations, European institutions, universities, local authorities as well as from the economy.

Simon Fletcher, Coordinator of the UIC European Region, delivered UIC Director General François Davenne’s message as an introduction to the event: given the current rate of global warming, making modal shift desirable should be a priority. He added that railways should be attractive to the end user and using railways should become second nature.

Click here to read the full speech:

https://bit.ly/2uM8Z1o

Keynote speakers included: Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS and Judit Sandor, Programme Manager for the Cross-Cutting Activities, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

The first roundtable, moderated by Simon Fletcher, addressed the topic of the initiatives already taken towards low carbon mobility. Speakers included Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East, Saïd Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communications of Moroccan Railways (ONCF), Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail and RailToCOP26) and Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”.

The second roundtable, moderated by Carole Escolan-Zeno from SNCF Voyageurs, explored how to make modal shift desirable by rediscovering the virtue of frugality. Speakers included: Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division / Fret (SNCF), Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome, Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy (CER) and Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie.

Speakers’ insightful presentations brought to the audience’s attention that modal shift must go hand-in-hand with the use of low greenhouse gases emitting modes of transport like public transport, walking and biking and that individual cars, including electric ones, cannot be the solution to reduce congestion and space scarcity in urban areas.

Moreover, developing sustainable solutions requires political will and audacity: cities must regulate and move from a reactive to a proactive approach considering economic as well as social aspects and involve citizens in the process. Regulating is not an option anymore for local authorities, whether this is for polluting vehicles like SUVs in cities or for airlines. Systemic and administrative barriers should be broken down to facilitate a real shift.

Furthermore, railway research, innovation and digitisation can support modal shift and contribute to energy efficiency and increase rail attractiveness both for passenger and freight transport. Innovating together, for regions like the European Union, is also an important way to move forward and put an end to a strong intra-sector competition. There is for example an unused capacity in rail freight and digitisation could be a great tool to optimise modal shift and move from air or road to rail.

Tools such as MAAS (mobility as a service) can increase sustainable travel and lower dependence on private cars by promoting micro-mobility and shared mobility in public spaces especially for the first and last miles. Speaking of the key topic of space in urban, countries like Japan elaborate great projects such as developing stations as hubs – key elements for MAAS solutions – with added value to stations and, hence revitalising urban areas.

Additionally, the example of developing a high-speed line from Tangier to Casablanca in Morocco not only shows a great example of digitisation meeting sustainability but also demonstrates how rail can take passengers from road to rail, improving safety and security in the country.

Nevertheless, innovation was questioned during the event as innovating can cause rebound effects that can prevent the railway and the transport sector to curb greenhouse gases emissions. This should not be forgotten by transport actors and decision makers.

Modal shift is indeed desirable for the reasons listed above, but what the event showed is that we also need a change in mindset to make not only transport but also people rediscover some kind of frugality in their transport use such as maximising capacity and use the assets we already have.

Rethinking our transport needs – including for major events like COP – is not to be postponed, for if we do not act fast, modal shift might not be enough to be part of the solution to climate change. Many aspects seen as negative, challenging or discouraging for railways should be opportunities to improve and policy decision makers should encourage the creation of funding schemes for sustainable transport using revenue from more polluting modes of transport – based on the polluter pays principle – to fund sustainable modes.

Key messages from the event in Brussels will be used to create a statement from the railways, to be taken to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development team:

environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Successful UIC Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

]

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform the concept into reality.

In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC organised a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels attended by over 100 participants of 17 different nationalities. Among them, representatives from UIC members, UIC partner railway associations, European institutions, universities, local authorities as well as from the economy.

Simon Fletcher, Coordinator of the UIC European Region, delivered UIC Director General François Davenne’s message as an introduction to the event: given the current rate of global warming, making modal shift desirable should be a priority. He added that railways should be attractive to the end user and using railways should become second nature.

Click here to read the full speech:

https://bit.ly/2uM8Z1o

Keynote speakers included: Francesco Dionori, Chief of Transport Networks & Logistics Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Umberto Guida, Senior Director for Knowledge & Innovation, UITP, Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS and Judit Sandor, Programme Manager for the Cross-Cutting Activities, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

The first roundtable, moderated by Simon Fletcher, addressed the topic of the initiatives already taken towards low carbon mobility. Speakers included Omi Iryo, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Headquarters, JR East, Saïd Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communications of Moroccan Railways (ONCF), Thomas Möhring, Policy Advisor Environment & Sustainability & Eva Dijkema (ProRail and RailToCOP26) and Paul Hegge, Director Public Affairs & CSR, Lineas, Vision “30 by 2030”.

The second roundtable, moderated by Carole Escolan-Zeno from SNCF Voyageurs, explored how to make modal shift desirable by rediscovering the virtue of frugality. Speakers included: Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation & Digital Officer Rail Freight & Multimodal Division / Fret (SNCF), Enrico Stefàno, President of the Committee for Mobility of the City Council of Rome, Dr Stefan Tobias, Head of Economics and Tax Policy (CER) and Laurent Castaignède, BCO2 Ingénierie.

Speakers’ insightful presentations brought to the audience’s attention that modal shift must go hand-in-hand with the use of low greenhouse gases emitting modes of transport like public transport, walking and biking and that individual cars, including electric ones, cannot be the solution to reduce congestion and space scarcity in urban areas.

Moreover, developing sustainable solutions requires political will and audacity: cities must regulate and move from a reactive to a proactive approach considering economic as well as social aspects and involve citizens in the process. Regulating is not an option anymore for local authorities, whether this is for polluting vehicles like SUVs in cities or for airlines. Systemic and administrative barriers should be broken down to facilitate a real shift.

Furthermore, railway research, innovation and digitisation can support modal shift and contribute to energy efficiency and increase rail attractiveness both for passenger and freight transport. Innovating together, for regions like the European Union, is also an important way to move forward and put an end to a strong intra-sector competition. There is for example an unused capacity in rail freight and digitisation could be a great tool to optimise modal shift and move from air or road to rail.

Tools such as MAAS (mobility as a service) can increase sustainable travel and lower dependence on private cars by promoting micro-mobility and shared mobility in public spaces especially for the first and last miles. Speaking of the key topic of space in urban, countries like Japan elaborate great projects such as developing stations as hubs – key elements for MAAS solutions – with added value to stations and, hence revitalising urban areas.

Additionally, the example of developing a high-speed line from Tangier to Casablanca in Morocco not only shows a great example of digitisation meeting sustainability but also demonstrates how rail can take passengers from road to rail, improving safety and security in the country.

Nevertheless, innovation was questioned during the event as innovating can cause rebound effects that can prevent the railway and the transport sector to curb greenhouse gases emissions. This should not be forgotten by transport actors and decision makers.

Modal shift is indeed desirable for the reasons listed above, but what the event showed is that we also need a change in mindset to make not only transport but also people rediscover some kind of frugality in their transport use such as maximising capacity and use the assets we already have.

Rethinking our transport needs – including for major events like COP – is not to be postponed, for if we do not act fast, modal shift might not be enough to be part of the solution to climate change. Many aspects seen as negative, challenging or discouraging for railways should be opportunities to improve and policy decision makers should encourage the creation of funding schemes for sustainable transport using revenue from more polluting modes of transport – based on the polluter pays principle – to fund sustainable modes.

Key messages from the event in Brussels will be used to create a statement from the railways, to be taken to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development team:

environnement2 at uic.org

See the full article

Sustainability Workshops to be held on 27 and 29 October

On 27 October, UIC will organise the second Workshop on the Implementation of the new G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies, moderated and supported by Glenn Frommer, member of the GRI Working Group on Content and Materiality (GRI G3), the GRI Working Group on Disclosure of Management Aspects and assisted in drafting the newly released GRI G4 Guidelines.

The GRI’s mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice for all companies and organisations. Its framework is a reporting system that provides metrics and methods for measuring and reporting sustainability-related impacts and performance. The aim of the new G4 Guidelines is to increase user-friendliness and accessibility.

This workshop will be the second and last, after the kick-off in April and will provide a handbook containing final guidelines for the implementation of the GRI G4 according to relevant railway experiences and previous UIC indicators.
To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3438

In addition, on 29 October, a Sustainable Mobility Workshop followed by a network meeting will be held at UIC HQ in Paris.

Rail is often quoted as one of the most sustainable means of transport. While a modal shift and an increase of rail is expected on railway networks in the coming years, the good management of railway sustainability is of major importance, as it is a key determining factor in consumer choices. Therefore the rail sector needs to learn the best approach to offer targeted options for the consumer.

  • The first session “Integrated Sustainable Mobility” will provide best practices into Integrate Sustainable Mobility. The audience will hear from the most innovative door-to-door solutions.
  • The second session “Railways and Green Tourism” will provide insight into how the digital market can help combining rail offers with a more customised demand.
  • The third session “Relations with costumers and stakeholders on environmental topics” will focus on how communications departments convey corporate sustainability initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.
  • The fourth and last session “Railways and Green Growth Approach: the benefits of investing in railways” will emphasise the importance of investing in railways and the reasons why the sector is in an advantageous position for driving shift towards sustainable transport.

This workshop will be a special opportunity for the managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experiences on best practices of the main interfaces and progress on these topics. The outcome of this workshop will shape projects and activities of the Sustainable Mobility Network for 2016-2018.
The workshop will have relevant speakers from external companies and institutions such as ESG Matters, Behavioural Insights and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3439

We look forward to seeing you in Paris for these two events.

For further information regarding the GRI G4 Workshop please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

For further information regarding the Sustainable Mobility Workshop please contact Andrea Braschi: braschi at uic.org

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Sustainable Land Use: Herbie project deliverable starting to take shape

On 16 May, the Sustainable Land Use Expert meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bahn. At the meeting, Michael Below (DB AG) and Thomas Schuh (ÖBB-Infra AG) were elected new co-chairmen of the expert network. Thomas Schuh is an ecologist at Obb-Infra AG and is in charge of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Michael Below is an Engineer of horticulture and is head of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity at DB.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use network is composed of experts in biodiversity, vegetation management and soil remediation.

The expert group now manages the “Herbie” project which deals with all aspects of vegetation management on all the different railway properties. The project was triggered by difficulties encountered in the European Union during the process to renew market authorisation of Glyphosate, the most commonly used active agent in herbicides. Chemical weed control is the most effective and cost-efficient maintenance technique to ensure weed free infrastructure. However, there is growing pressure at both the regulatory and political levels to impose tighter restrictions on the use of Glyphosate. The UIC technical expertise is aligned with the position paper recently issued by CER on this topic.

The Herbie project kicked off in March 2017 and will end in spring 2018. A set of Guidelines for Vegetation Management in Railway application has been drafted and is now under revision by the group. The project will deliver in summer a State of the Art of Weed Control. The knowledge has been built on a comprehensive survey launched by UIC in the spring of 2017 and technical experts on this topics are encouraged to answer the questionnaire. The project will also deliver in late 2017 a socio economic and ecological assessment of vegetation control and vegetation management scenarios (herbicide use scenarios and non-herbicide use scenarios and their related cost to infrastructure maintenance).

The final report containing also an outlook on future Methods and Technologies will be issued by the end of the year. After the positive experience of the two International Workshops on Vegetation Management organised by UIC in 2016 and 2013, a final dissemination workshop will be organised in spring 2018.

Technical experts on this topic are invited to join the group and to get in contact with the Sustainable Development Unit at UIC.

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor:

braschi at uic.org

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Sustainable Land Use: Herbie project deliverable starting to take shape

On 16 May, the Sustainable Land Use Expert meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bahn. At the meeting, Michael Below (DB AG) and Thomas Schuh (ÖBB-Infra AG) were elected new co-chairmen of the expert network. Thomas Schuh is an ecologist at Obb-Infra AG and is in charge of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Michael Below is an Engineer of horticulture and is head of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity at DB.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use network is composed of experts in biodiversity, vegetation management and soil remediation.

The expert group now manages the “Herbie” project which deals with all aspects of vegetation management on all the different railway properties. The project was triggered by difficulties encountered in the European Union during the process to renew market authorisation of Glyphosate, the most commonly used active agent in herbicides. Chemical weed control is the most effective and cost-efficient maintenance technique to ensure weed free infrastructure. However, there is growing pressure at both the regulatory and political levels to impose tighter restrictions on the use of Glyphosate. The UIC technical expertise is aligned with the position paper recently issued by CER on this topic.

The Herbie project kicked off in March 2017 and will end in spring 2018. A set of Guidelines for Vegetation Management in Railway application has been drafted and is now under revision by the group. The project will deliver in summer a State of the Art of Weed Control. The knowledge has been built on a comprehensive survey launched by UIC in the spring of 2017 and technical experts on this topics are encouraged to answer the questionnaire. The project will also deliver in late 2017 a socio economic and ecological assessment of vegetation control and vegetation management scenarios (herbicide use scenarios and non-herbicide use scenarios and their related cost to infrastructure maintenance).

The final report containing also an outlook on future Methods and Technologies will be issued by the end of the year. After the positive experience of the two International Workshops on Vegetation Management organised by UIC in 2016 and 2013, a final dissemination workshop will be organised in spring 2018.

Technical experts on this topic are invited to join the group and to get in contact with the Sustainable Development Unit at UIC.

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor:

braschi at uic.org

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Technical visit to the Utrecht Station Project within the frame of the UIC SUSTAIN Project

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On 15 November a meeting followed by a technical visit dedicated to the Utrecht Station Project was held within the frame of the SUSTAIN (Sustainability in Stations) Project of the Stations Managers Global Group (SMGG) of UIC.

ProRail and NS representatives provided a complete description of the main elements of the project, including all the urban planning interfaces and the holistic conception of transport intermodality included in the project. The technical visit included a tour in the station to the most relevant aspects implemented in the project.

The visit highlighted the building developments attached to the rail station, such as the Town Hall and the main commercial centre of the city, making the area the main activity and functional hub of Utrecht, providing transport, commercial and administrative services.

The station design includes other relevant elements for its integration in the city, such as an open space for transit users in order to avoid urban barrier effects for the population, or cycle parking, with a total planned capacity of over 20,000.

This project responds to the requirements of increasing the capacity of the station according to transport demand, which is set to triple by 2030 compared to 2006. The project has been developed thanks to close cooperation between national, regional and local administrations and the rail sector, in addition to the private and commercial sector of the area. The official inauguration of the project will take place next December.

The participants had the possibility to obtain more information about the project’s actions on (among others) energy efficiency and environmental management, such as LED lighting, solar panels, natural ventilation designs, waste management and plans for smart grid implementation.

The Utrecht Station project will be included as the main study case of the SUSTAIN Project, started last May within the Stations Managers Global Group of UIC. The ongoing project is jointly managed by IZT and Macroplan Consulting in close cooperation with the Passenger Department and the Sustainable Development Unit of UIC.

The project is currently at an advanced phase and it has collected the best practices of main stations in Europe and Asia, providing a new Sustainability Impact Assessment Tool through the use of a check list, to measure and compare the sustainability performance of the stations. The best main cases from UIC members and the main development of the SUSTAIN Project were presented last October during the Sustainability Conference of Vienna – presentations are available here:

http://www.uic-environment.org/IMG/zip/sustainable_stations_infrastructures.zip

All additional contributions from members on best cases and experiences are welcome to be included in the project.

For further information and details please contact Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor on Passenger Transport:

guigon at uic.org

Or Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

castanares at uic.org

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The “Train to Paris” campaign will actively highlight rail as a part of the solution to Climate Change at the COP21 negotiations in Paris at the end of 2015

Launch of “Train to Paris” campaign

In nine months’ time, the UIC co-ordinated campaign “Train to Paris” will bring thousands of delegates including national governments, NGOs, decision-makers and journalists from across Europe and Asia by train to Paris for the COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held end of 2015 in Paris. The campaign will highlight rail as the back bone of sustainable transport and raise awareness of the importance of developing more sustainable transport systems.

Towards a universal agreement on climate change

A new global agreement on tackling climate change is expected to be reached on 11 December 2015, imposing limits on the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters. The COP21 negotiations, which will be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, will mark a turning point for post-2020 action and ambition to reduce climate change.


“Train to Paris” campaign

The “Train to Paris” campaign, involving railways from around the world, will include a synchronised network of trains arriving in Paris from across Asia and Europe, with some trains originating from Mongolia, Russia & China. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the important role of sustainable transport, and low carbon rail transport, in the solution to both climate change mitigation and adaptation.

A series of high-level and media events are scheduled to take place end of November 2015, including a symbolic welcome of delegations on arrival in Paris and discussions during a high-level Round Table.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General of UIC, said:

“The international railway community, represented by UIC, has been committed to sustainable development for many years now – whether through the reduction of greenhouse gases, clean energy research, urban planning or reducing noise pollution. An initial statement at Kyoto has highlighted a desire to take things further, to contribute to the improvement of our sector’s performance levels. Renewed efforts will be made by this community to play an active role in the two-degrees scenario and to achieve considerable energy savings as part of a virtuous circle of developing the railways to help serve transport and mobility as a whole.
The initiative taken by the railway community and approved by our General Assembly was presented at the Climate Summit in New York in 2014, and through these three major commitments, highlights the important role that railways can play, as the backbone of a new mix of transport modes, to comply with the two-degree target.”

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or “UNFCCC”, was adopted during the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992. It entered into force on 21 March 1994 and has been ratified by 196 States, which constitute the “Parties” to the Convention – its stakeholders. This Framework Convention is a universal convention of principle, acknowledging the existence of anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change and giving industrialised countries the major part of the responsibility for combating it.

The Conference of the Parties (COP), made up of all “States Parties”, is the Convention’s supreme decision-making body. It meets every year in a global session where decisions are made to meet goals for combating climate change. Decisions can only be made unanimously by the State Parties or by consensus.

The term CMP is also used to refer to the States that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol – with Paris hosting the 11th session. The CMP reviews the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and takes decisions to ensure that it is effectively promoted.

By the end of the Paris’s Conference, and for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, all the nations of the world including the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases will be bound by a legal agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The work achieved at COP20 in Lima has provided solid foundations to reach a set of decisions in December 2015 – above all, an ambitious and binding agreement from all the nations in the world to respond to the challenge of global warming. This action will have an important impact on the transport sector, as this is currently responsible for approximately one quarter of energy related CO2 emissions. Strong action to develop more sustainable transport systems is an essential component of the solution to limit temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius.

Against the backdrop of this worldwide debate, all the railways brought together by the International Union of Railways (UIC) unanimously committed themselves to support the goals of COP21 at one of the association’s General Assemblies held in Portoroz, Slovenia in June 2014. UIC is moreover headquartered in Paris and accredited to the Conferences of the Parties and holds consultative status to the United Nations.

Contents: UIC Sustainable Unit, Nicholas Craven: craven at uic.org
Media: UIC Communications Department, Marie Plaud: plaud at uic.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/trainCOP21
Website: http://traintoparis.org

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The 5th “UIC Energy Efficiency Days” (EED 2014) 2014, organised with SNCB and Infrabel, opened successfully in Antwerp

The 5th edition of the UIC Energy Efficiency Days Conference, jointly organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel, is currently being held until 19 June in the historical city of Antwerp in Belgium.

More than 300 participants, from 25 countries – among them UIC Members, environmental experts, major stakeholders of the transport community involved in Sustainable Development at large and more particularly the energy efficiency issue, are discussing this strategic issue for railways. From the first edition of these Energy Days organised in 2000 and bringing together only 30 participants, this issue has now reached the stage of a real revolution, the Energy Revolution. In a world that has been changed, the green economy is an obvious part of the railway business.

This event will cover topics such as Energy Efficiency as a strategic driver for railway business or Trends for 2030 and Beyond, among others.

This International Conference will also give an opportunity to debate many technical topics such as Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency, Tracking the electricity and carbon disclosure.

On 17 June, several addresses were given by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel.

UIC Chairman Mr Vladimir Yakunin delivered a message through a declaration made on his behalf, saying that:

We are all aware that the production and consumption of energy is essential for the existence and development of humankind, but these processes inevitably have a negative impact on the environment. We are faced with a global challenge – the pollution of the environment resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels, which discharges into the atmosphere millions of tons of exhaust gases, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and highly toxic lead compounds. But there is also another side to the coin – all the energy sources currently in use are finite resources, and at this rate of consumption of coal, oil and gas, within a century the Earth’s population will be embroiled in an energy crisis. That is why the steps to protect the climate, to improve energy efficiency, to cut emissions of exhaust gases and to reduce noise levels are becoming increasingly important”.

Mr Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel, Belgium Infrastructure Manager and Mr Jo Cornu, CEO of Belgium Railway Operator NMBS/ SNCB, as hosts of the Conference, also delivered a welcome speech.

Mr Lallemand said:

The problem of energy efficiency became clear during the oil crisis of the seventies. So it is not something new. However, the challenge to increase energy efficiency doesn’t limit itself to universities or research facilities any more. It has become manifest in public opinion. During the last couple of years, we have experienced a true energy revolution”.

He added:

I do wish to stress three strategic energy targets Infrabel holds dear: First of all, a policy of sustainability cannot be successful without the commitment of the people who have to execute it. As I already mentioned Infrabel invests in developing an organisational culture wherein every member is fully aware of the challenges we face. Furthermore we want to increase awareness among younger generations. Secondly, a story of efficiency implies investing in green and renewable energy. In 2011, Infrabel was the first in Europe to offer its operators an integrated green solution for rail infrastructure when we inaugurated a solar tunnel containing sixteen thousand photovoltaic panels to the north of Antwerp. Every year, we are able to provide four thousand trains with renewable energy! Finally, we must work to reduce our energy consumption on one hand and to make better use of the energy we need on the other.”

Mr Cornu highlighted:

21st century mobility has also been transformed. These days, our clients expect a railway company to offer more than just train service. They feel that the station must also include qualities that are intrinsically complementary to a rail mobility solution. In order to respond to these needs, SNCB has renovated and enhanced many of its stations, and has developed a strategic vision based on 5 pillars: intermodality, accessibility, sustainability, security and the development of activities. To this end, our stations, which welcome approximately 4,750,000 passengers every week (2013 figure), offer our passengers and clients high-quality provisions, parking and business areas, convenient connections to the other modes of public transport (metro, bus), but also alternative and ecological transport solutions, such as bicycles or shared cars and charging terminals, all in a pleasant setting. As concerns energy efficiency and sustainability, it should be pointed out that our station buildings have been insulated in order to prevent wasteful energy consumption. Some of them, moreover, have been equipped with solar panels (for example, at Charleroi Sud, they provide 15% of the required electricity).”

Mr Cornu and Mr Lallemand underlined the excellent cooperation and the work undertaken with the UIC team.

As a global introduction of one of the major events organised by UIC in 2014, the UIC Director General was also pleased to welcome the participants:


In our role as the worldwide professional platform for technical cooperation, it is UIC’s responsibility to promote innovation and new developments, and to provide space for exchanging experience and best practice. We know that we have a strong performance but we know that it is important to keep improving and to retain our environmental leadership. […] The rail sector must further innovate, also in developing effective partnerships with all actors involved, political stakeholders, international organisations, rail manufacturers."

He added:

It is difficult to overstate the importance of Energy Efficiency. It is vital to the rail sector’s future. It is essential for the development of sustainable transport systems. It is a prerequisite for commercial success in the modern world. More important, Energy Efficiency is the foundation of the rail sector’s environmental leadership. This advantage is recognised by the international community. The world needs resource efficient transport to enable sustainable development. I am particularly pleased to announce that last month, we received a message from UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon calling on UIC and our members set ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions. UIC is now developing rail sector targets for energy efficiency and carbon emissions at global level – taking inspiration from the UIC-CER targets for the European Region. At global level we will add a target for modal shift, to emphasise the need for investment in energy efficient, low carbon transport. The proposed global targets represent an excellent response to the call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the international community. This allows UIC to highlight your efficiency and the potential of modal shift on the world stage.

Mr Loubinoux was also extremely happy to inform all delegates about the “Train to Paris” campaign that UIC is preparing in view of the COP 21 negotiations on Climate Change due to take place in December 2015 in Paris. A high profile campaign steered and coordinated by UIC in association with the international railway community, with the full support of Christiana Figueres, the Executive-Secretary of United Nations’ UNFCCC.

Two additional important parallel events will complete the comprehensive overview on
energy efficiency provided by the conference:

The MERLIN Mid-Term Conference
(http://www.energy-efficiency-days.o...), the EU co-funded project dealing with the investigation on the viability of an integrated management system to achieve an optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems

The 9th edition of the annual ERESS Forum (http://www.eress.eu/), the European partnership between Infrastructure Managers that deals with metering, billing and energy data exchange.

Speeches, presentations and more pictures will be included in the further issue of UIC eNews and available soon at: http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org

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The 5th “UIC Energy Efficiency Days” (UIC EED 2014) 2014, co-organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel, ended successfully in Antwerp

The 5th edition of the UIC Energy Efficiency Days Conference, jointly organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel, was held from 16 – 19 June in the Congress Centre located on the zoo grounds of the historical city of Antwerp in Belgium.
This event was successfully followed by more than 300 participants and covered important issues on the first day such as Energy Efficiency as a strategic driver for Railway Business and the Voice of Members, where discussions were held on best practices in Energy Efficiency from all over the world.
The presence of several CEOs and of a large number of UIC worldwide members in the session IV “The Voice of Members” who discussed the past and future Energy Efficiency questions launched from the very beginning the success of this 2014 edition of Energy Efficiency Days.

During the first session, Didier Houssin, Director Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, IEA, Holger Dalkmann, Director, Embarq, WRI and Rie Tsutsumi, Programme Officer, UNEP, emphasised the importance of the common vision towards a modal shift.

During the second session, delegates from DG MOVE and DG CLIMA highlighted priorities and challenges that the European transport sector is facing in achieving the 60% GHG emission reduction target.

In the afternoon session a Panel discussion session was held. During the session, high level representatives of railway companies analysed in an open discussion how energy efficiency management positively influences business drivers such as customer satisfaction (punctuality, pricing, service level) together with a balanced financial output.

The MERLIN Mid-Term Conference, the EU co-funded project, was held in a parallel session, dealing with the investigation on the viability of an integrated management system to achieve an optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems.

The 17 June was dedicated to the technical workshops addressing a wide range of topics: from Green Electricity and Carbon Disclosure, Energy Efficient Rolling Stock, Traffic Management System, Load Factor, to Non Traction Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency in Electric Consumption, Ecodriving and DAS, the Energy Efficiency in Planning, Rules on Track and the Technical Developments Traction Energy Metering.

The ERESS forum, the European partnership between Infrastructure Managers that deals with metering, billing and energy data exchange was held in a parallel session to these technical workshops.

Before the conference concluded, Mr Sebastiaan de Neubourg, Strategic Sustainability Consultant from Greenloop, highlighted a new way of viewing and valuing nature and talked about the three aspects of biomimicry: form, process, and organisation. As a conclusion he stressed that continuing to live sustainably on our planet is not a dream, it is in fact feasible since it has been done for the last 3.8 billion years. All we need is to look at Nature to find solutions.

Mr Willy Bontinck, SNCB and Chair of UIC Environment Energy and Sustainability Platform, concluded this two-day event, thanking all participants, speakers and moderators, ÖBB the Conference diamond sponsor, the organisers of the side events, and all organisers, namely the UIC Team, the SNCB Team, the technicians, and the Zoo Team.
He focused on the concerns, the ideas and the experience shared by all during the conference that has enabled the Energy Revolution to be achieved.

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The 5th edition of UIC Energy Efficiency Days (EED 2014) from 16 – 19 June 2014, to be held in Antwerp!

This major event is jointly organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel

The next UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference (http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/), will be held in two weeks at the conference centre in the zoo of the historical city of Antwerp in Belgium.
The major stakeholders of the railway and transport sectors will come back to discuss Energy Efficiency during this three-day event.

Welcome speeches and the opening will be given by Mr Michel Jadot, General Director Europe, SNCB; Mr Richard Marcelis, Head of Power Engineering Department, Infrabel and Mr Jean Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC.

Day 1 of the conference, strategic and political day

To open the high-level panel session of Day 1 of the conference, Energy Vision and Trends for 2030 and Beyond, will be Mr Didier Houssein, Director of Sustainable Policy and Technology Directorate at the International Energy Agency with a speech highlighting the importance of energy efficiency as “first fuel value for sustainable mobility”.

Contributions of the World Resource Institute, UNEP, UIC, the European Commission with DG Move and DG Energy, CER and UNIFE will follow to address a wide range of topics concerning energy use within the transport and rail sector in particular: from prices to government policy, security of supply, future availability of renewable energy.

In the afternoon a high-level panel session “Let’s do more with less” will bring together top representatives of railway companies from Europe and from across the globe, to discuss the strategic role that energy efficiency might play in everyday railway business..

The debate will be followed by the session “the Voice of Members, best practice on Energy Efficiency from all over the world”, an important appointment where members will have the possibility to share with a large audience what they are doing or planning to do to improve energy efficiency in their companies.

Day 2, Technical issues

This year 12 technical workshops are planned, addressing a wide range of technical topics: from Tracking the electricity and carbon disclosure, Load Factor, Traffic Management System, Energy Efficient Rolling Stock to Non Traction Energy Consumption or Energy Efficiency in Electric Consumption. During the second part of the day, parallel session workshops such as Energy Efficient Diesel Traction, Ecodriving and DAS and Regulation and Standardisation of Energy Billing will be discussed.

The rail system is both a major energy consumer and also one of the most energy-efficient transport modes. It can represent the key solution to the challenge of meeting the increasing demand for transport with a sustainable solution. Investing in energy-efficiency is essential to fulfill this challenge.

Parallel Events: MERLIN Mid -Term Conference and Eress Forum

Two additional important parallel events will complete the comprehensive overview on
energy efficiency provided by the conference: the Mid-term conference of MERLIN
(http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/spip.php?article3), the EU co-funded project dealing with the investigation on the viability of an integrated management system to achieve an optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems and the 9th edition of the annual appointment of ERESS (http://www.eress.eu/), the European partnership between Infrastructure Managers that deals with metering, billing and energy data exchange.

Day 3, Cultural and technical visits of Antwerp

On the 19th,participants will get the opportunity to go on cultural and technical visits of Antwerp. The first proposal is the visit of Antwerpen-Centraal Station, which shows the railway cathedral and the amazing surroundings. They can also choose the bus tour to see the maintenance workshop for the rolling stock of SNCB, the major Belgian Railway Undertaking and to have a view of the other side of the river. Last but not least, a 30 km bicycle trip is proposed through the railway history of Antwerp, where cycling along
railway constructions and by the photovoltaic plant on the roof of the high speed line to the Netherlands is possible.

Do not miss these important meeting dates with Energy Efficiency:

If you have not yet done so, register at: http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/spip.php?article8

There is a limited number of places.

For further information please contact Veronica Aneris, Senior Advisor Energy & Environment: aneris at uic.org

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The MERLIN project held its Mid-Term Conference on 17 June 2014 in Antwerp

“Energy and the Railways – Smart Friends”

The MERLIN Mid-Term Conference, the EU co-funded project dealing with the investigation on the viability of an integrated management system to achieve an optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems, was held on 17 June in the 19th century heritage premises of Antwerp Zoo.

This conference, hosted by the UIC Energy Efficiency Days 2014, brought together 67 participants, and was aimed at presenting the intermediate outcomes of the MERLIN project.

In his welcome speech Mr Hans Günther Kersten Director of the Rail System Department of UIC highlighted the long and fruitful collaboration between UIC, UNIFE and other partners, illustrated among others by the MERLIN project, and recalled the overall objective of MERLIN that is to help Rail Transport not only to improve its environmental friendliness but also to enable it to be cost effective. It should therefore help the supply industry and the Rail Operating Community to share the same vision of the market; otherwise we run the risk of missing important opportunities.

Franco Cataldo, Technical Affairs Manager at UNIFE and MERLIN Project Manager, gave an overview of the project. He highlighted the importance of the MERLIN project, evidenced by the strong participation of the key actors from the sector. He said: “Energy management is a key issue for railway systems, and MERLIN will propose the architecture for future smart energy management systems.”

The highlights of the conference were the following:

  • the five MERLIN Scenarios and their objectives (Monica Pelegrin, ADIF);
  • the architectures of the MERLIN railway energy management system, (Ruth Arregui, CAF);
  • the strategic decision making tool (Roberto Palacin, Newcastle University);
  • the operational energy management system (Valerio Recagno, D’Appolonia);
  • the legislative and standardisation interactions that MERLIN will intend to have (Franco Cataldo, UNIFE, and Eduardo Prieto, FFE).

All panel sessions gave rise to very lively question and answer sessions between speakers and participants, raising relevant issues about smarter use of energy in the railway system.

In his concluding remarks, MERLIN steering board chairman Daniel Cadet of Alstom, thanked the audience and added that the conference’s strong participation showed the large interest raised by the topics dealt with by the project. He therefore invited the railway operators and infrastructure managers not part of the consortium to join the MERLIN Rail Reference Group to discuss more in detail the ongoing project work and ensure their needs are reflected in the project’s outcomes.

The completed work of the project will be presented at the MERLIN final conference in September 2015.

To know more about the MERLIN project, please visit www.merlin-rail.eu

For further information and to join the MERLIN Rail Reference Group please contact dekeyzer at uic.org

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The second South East Environment Workshop will be held in Belgrade, Serbia on 6-7 December 2012

Following the success of the first workshop held in September 2011, UIC and Serbian Railways are jointly organising the 2nd South East Environment Workshop in Belgradeon 6 and 7 December.

The workshop will present railway experts of the South East European region practical solutions for their key environmental issues, enable the exchange of best practice, and create a network among experts of the region.

Please see this web page for the Agenda, Information and Online Registration: http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article3022

Hope to see you in Belgrade!

For further information you can contact Alex Veitch: veitch at uic.org

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The symbolic train journey from Beijing to Paris

As part of the “Train to Paris” campaign, a symbolic journey has been organised from Beijing to Paris to illustrate the cooperation fostered at international level through its actions to tackle climate change.
The “Train to Paris” campaign is a truly international event as on 18 November, a train departed from Beijing with representatives onboard from China and Russia.
After a brief stop in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, two more guests joined the train, which then headed towards Irkutsk!
Welcomed by RZD, Member of UIC and special partner in the campaign, the passengers attended a meeting about sustainability projects within the company.
The train then began the journey to Lake Baikal, to discover Baikal Railways and Siberian Railways, as well as the ecological wonders of the area.

Speaking about this journey, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, said: “This special train, on a mythical route from Beijing to Paris; crossing China, Mongolia, Russia and Europe, is a symbol of the development achieved by the railways since the 19th century.
But, beyond history and memories, this train is also an omen for the role that railways across the world can play in the frame of sustainable mobility.
This train is a message; a pledge to the world leaders, that rail is an important factor, as the backbone of a new transportation mix; of the collective efforts towards the 2 degree scenario.”

The Trans-Siberian journey now continues to Moscow, involving a six-day crossing through the taiga landscape; experiencing daily life on a train with other passengers and staff.

See you on the 28th!

Lake Baikal

636 kilometres long and 1,642 metres deep, Lake Baikal contains roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. Baikal’s water remains exceptionally pure, due to the hot springs that rise from its depths and to the presence of some microscopic shells named epischura that filter the water with efficiency. In addition to this purity, Baikal Lake is an ecological wonder: almost two thirds of the vegetal and animal species that live there are totally endemic. The most famous are the nerpa or Baikal seal (pusa sibirica) and the omul (coregonus migratorius), a fish close to the trout or the salmon.

Travelling through the taiga

The taiga or boreal forest is the world’s largest terrestrial biome. It covers most of inland Canada and Alaska, most of Finland, Sweden and Norway, some areas in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Japan, and of course most of Russia, making Russia rank number one for forest surface with more than 800 million hectares – 12 times the area of France! Brazil ranks second with only 520 million hectares; then come Canada, USA and China. Still, let’s not forget that half the world’s forests disappeared during the 20th century; and that almost 250,000 m2 of forest keep disappearing every minute. That’s 34 football fields!

Life on board – from Irkutsk to Moscow

The atmosphere aboard the Trans-Siberian is quiet and peaceful, perhaps because its average speed is only around 60 km/h as it travels the 5 000 kilometres from Irkutsk to Moscow. Whether travelling from one city to another or for thousands of kilometres, people try to act like they’re at home once they’re onboard. They take off their boots and winter clothes to change into sweat suits and sandals, lie down and try to pass the time by eating, making tea with warm water from the samovar, sleeping or watching a film on their phone. And for those who have come unprepared, salesmen are waiting for the passengers at the main stations to sale them pirozhki, smoked fish or winter gloves and chapkas.

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The train and us: a few minutes together discussing the major topics

Gérard Feldzer, renowned expert in the field of transport, follows the progress very closely.

At the question “Which are the innovations that you believe deserve to be developed further?”, he answers:

Well, nowadays, with regard to passenger transport, we are aiming at comfort, obviously safety, and then also connectivity, that is to say that we want to make sure that the travel time – and I mean from home to the workplace – does not impinge either on the health or in terms of wasted time. So these are spaces for living, and that includes the stations themselves: we can see stations that are becoming commercial centres or centres for leisure time. As a result, we are working hard to raise the profile of transport, not as something that adds to our fatigue or makes us waste time, but as a place for living, and that includes the trains themselves. Well, that’s the issue for the short or medium term.

And in the long term, we’re looking at increasing speeds and increasing capacities. We need to double up in almost all areas. And then there’s the technology, to consume less: to consume less energy. Like the box from Alstom, for example, which is on show at COP; they are presenting a patent, a system where the recovery of braking energy can be used to supply stations. And they’re managing to gain 40% of energy, which is a considerable achievement.

In terms of rail, the future, there’s a moment when you want to transport hundreds of millions of passengers, especially in urban and suburban transport, and when you’re transporting from point to point, from town centre to town centre, there is simply no other solution than the train. The routes are saturated, and they will be more and more, etc. There are composite options. You can use the verges, the hard shoulders, to make tramlines or rail tracks. There is considerable scope there for new inventions. But we’re going to try to increase capacities without causing any harm either to the health or to the environment. It is true that when a train crosses France, it does affect millions of people because they can hear the train. From a speed of less than five kilometres an hour, you can hear the train, so it is an inconvenience. It’s different with aircraft, for example: you’re going to annoy millions of persons at the take-off and landing, that’s true, around the airports, but all of the rest of the time it’s cruising. So there are pros and cons on all sides.

And there are some things happening that are quite amusing. In terms of future projects, there is one that quite astonished me, which is a combination of rail and air travel. EPFL, the Federal Polytechnic College of Lausanne, has designed something it calls “Clip Air”. And what exactly is “Clip Air”? It’s actually a plane fuselage, waiting for you in the station in the centre of town. It will then roll and attach itself under a transporter plane. There is one that may come from Gare de l’Est in Paris, another that can come from Lille or from Strasbourg or from Frankfurt, no matter: and the plane can take these three fuselages from the town centre. And the same thing happens in reverse in New York or elsewhere.

You can watch the full interview here:

And more to come regularly in the future!

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The UIC and the InfraGuidER partners announce the InfraGuidER Final Conference

The UIC and the InfraGuidER partners have the great pleasure to invite you to the InfraGuidER Final Conference in Brussels (Belgium) on 24th November 2010.

Do not miss the opportunity to gain a comprehensive, one-day insight into this Coordinated Action research project. Find out the results and achievements on rail infrastructure’s environmentally sustainable management of relevant material, components and services. An innovative eco-procurement model based on good practice in sustainability will be presented. You are invited to come and discuss its possible implementation with the project partners and all stakeholders.

Conference Highlights :

  • Eco-procurement Guidelines for decision makers for seamless integration in regular procurement (including key eco-indicators for material, components and service eco-performance calculating and ranking)
  • Results of analysis and evaluation of main rail infrastructure material flow accounting
  • Recommendations for further developments and research activities after InfraGuidER to continue improving the environmental performance of the rail network

Please register at http://www.uic.org/forms

The online registration will close on 10th November 2010.

For this conference UIC and Resotel Belgium offer a special web application for facilitating your hotel booking : https://plus21.safe-order.net/resotel/forms

Please find all information on the official InfraGuidER website http://www.infraguider.eu

For further information please contact Marina Fracchia, from NITEL: fracchia at nitel.it or Paolo Contestabile, from UIC: contestabile at uic.org

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The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network successfully held “The role of Infrastructure Managers (IMs) in Traction Energy Transition” workshop on 11 February 2019 in Rotterdam

Following the previous Workshop on Energy Efficient Infrastructure (https://events.uic.org/workshop-on-energy-efficient-infrastructures), this workshop focused on the projects developed by IMs to improve energy efficiency and decarbonisation of the traction energy and to accompany railway undertakings to reduce the use of diesel traction.

Thus, this workshop also focused on the energy storage innovations and their best combination with the railway network.

Finally, actors from the energy market were also invited to talk about their point of view in the frame of optimising the electricity network with railways for renewable energy.

Attended by more than 50 participants from across the Railway and Energy sectors, the workshop was opened and moderated by Gerald Olde Monnikhof from ProRail, who kindly hosted the event.

The workshop consisted of four themed sessions with opportunities for questions and answers, where participants discussed their experience using the relevant technology.

The first session, which featured presentations by ProRail, Infrabel, Bane NOR and Nexans with SNCF, focused on ways to improve the traction system.
The speakers outlined the technical advance and work to improve power transmission, thus reducing transmission losses and improving energy recovery from braking. The speakers showed the results of switching to a higher voltage in electrified railways and how, for example, it allowed better power management.
The possibility to extend the usage of super-conductive cables to greatly reduce transmission losses was also shown by Nexans.

The second session focused on energy storage, where Eaton, Super-B, SNCF and Infrabel talked about the state of the art in battery technologies and super-capacitors, their applications for substations, and resulting experiences.
Super-B introduced their latest lithium-ion battery for traction application and their container-sized storage solution.

The use of a hybrid supercapacitor and lithium batteries storage was mentioned by Eaton and SNCF as a way to allow high power throughput for optimised responsiveness of the storage system.
Infrabel showed the experience in reversible substations and how to integrate solar panels with it alongside the tracks.

For the third topic, SNCF, SBB and Advanced Energy Technologies talked about the challenges in replacing diesel traction, how to evaluate the worth of electrifying and the feasibility to convert to hydrogen traction.

The final topic of the afternoon was the point of view of Alliander (Dutch DSO) about the integration of renewables in collaboration with railways. An example was given on the installation of wind farms through the railway grid. The speakers highlighted the importance for railways to help grid managers towards an efficient smart grid.

The meeting was concluded by Gerald, who thanked the participants for their interesting discussions.

The topics were interesting enough for discussions to start during the presentations. The room was full, and the audience attentive.

Inviting the Dutch energy grid manager helped remind the audience how important it is, in this context, for collaborative work to be conducted with railways to achieve the smartest energy management.

This workshop was an excellent opportunity to have updated exchange about the possibilities to reduce the carbon footprint of railway infrastructure and integrate renewable energy as efficiently as possible.

Acknowledgements

Thank you for attending this workshop and exchanging interesting information.
Huge thanks to all the speakers (mentioned in the timeline) for their contribution and to:

  • Gerald Olde Monnikhof (first for hosting and managing logistics at ProRail)
  • Chloé Lima-Vanzeler
  • Bart Van der Spiegel

both for their great insight about the suggested topics and preparing the central thread of the workshop.

Documents

You will find the published documents at: (some are still pending approval)
https://events.uic.org/the-role-of-infrastructure-managers-in-traction-energy-transition

For any further information, please contact UIC Energy Advisor Philippe Stefanos:

stefanos at uic.org

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TOPRAIL 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris

The third workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TOPRAIL meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 3 October. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. The work session was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General. UIC was also represented by Mrs Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the Passenger and High Speed Department, Mrs Alexandra Lefebvre, Head of the Mediacentre and Mrs Marie Luz Philippe from the UIC Sustainable Unit.

Representatives from ÖBB, RZD, KORAIL, JR-EAST, MAV-START, FERROVIE DELLO STATO ITALIANE (FS), TRAINOSE, FGC, UNECTO, WATTRAIN and the European Federation of Museums and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) attended the meeting.

UIC, and its TOPRAIL group have recently launched two important documents in support of the United Nations Year of International Sustainable Tourism, 2017.

  • The TOPRAIL Charter on Sustainable Rail Tourism;
  • A set of Guidelines for Reporting on Sustainable Rail Tourism

By signing the Charter TOPRAIL members had showed their commitment to sustainable management by maximising social and economic benefits to their local communities and minimising and minimising negative impact. The Guidelines have been developed as a tool to demonstrate this commitment.

The 3rd workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail focused on the practical use of the Guidelines, which have been developed for members to leverage their existing sustainable development activities by using a set of indicators for international reporting.

Future actions of the TOPRAIL group were also discussed during the meeting.
The growing interest of the site, with more than 90,000 visitors during the last months, and the impact of the project in the media were highlighted, as well as the opportunities derived from the use of the social network.

It was agreed to keep on working on some ideas related to customer service and tourism trends to better understand the market, the challenges and the opportunities of the Rail Tourism Worldwide.

To that aim an international conference will be organised in 2018 to bring together the tourism industry and railway operators, as well as other key stakeholders, to analyse and discuss the key challenges of enhancing World Rail Tourism taking into consideration the tourism megatrends and the position of the railway sector to face them.

The next opportunity to join the group will be at the next meeting to be held in Madrid during the third week of January, at the same time as the International Tourism Fair in Spain (Fitur).

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez at uic.org

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TOPRAIL 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris

The third workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TOPRAIL meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 3 October. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. The work session was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General. UIC was also represented by Mrs Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the Passenger and High Speed Department, Mrs Alexandra Lefebvre, Head of the Mediacentre and Mrs Marie Luz Philippe from the UIC Sustainable Unit.

Representatives from ÖBB, RZD, KORAIL, JR-EAST, MAV-START, FERROVIE DELLO STATO ITALIANE (FS), TRAINOSE, FGC, UNECTO, WATTRAIN and the European Federation of Museums and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) attended the meeting.

UIC, and its TOPRAIL group have recently launched two important documents in support of the United Nations Year of International Sustainable Tourism, 2017.

  • The TOPRAIL Charter on Sustainable Rail Tourism;
  • A set of Guidelines for Reporting on Sustainable Rail Tourism

By signing the Charter TOPRAIL members had showed their commitment to sustainable management by maximising social and economic benefits to their local communities and minimising and minimising negative impact. The Guidelines have been developed as a tool to demonstrate this commitment.

The 3rd workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail focused on the practical use of the Guidelines, which have been developed for members to leverage their existing sustainable development activities by using a set of indicators for international reporting.

Future actions of the TOPRAIL group were also discussed during the meeting.
The growing interest of the site, with more than 90,000 visitors during the last months, and the impact of the project in the media were highlighted, as well as the opportunities derived from the use of the social network.

It was agreed to keep on working on some ideas related to customer service and tourism trends to better understand the market, the challenges and the opportunities of the Rail Tourism Worldwide.

To that aim an international conference will be organised in 2018 to bring together the tourism industry and railway operators, as well as other key stakeholders, to analyse and discuss the key challenges of enhancing World Rail Tourism taking into consideration the tourism megatrends and the position of the railway sector to face them.

The next opportunity to join the group will be at the next meeting to be held in Madrid during the third week of January, at the same time as the International Tourism Fair in Spain (Fitur).

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez at uic.org

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TopRail meeting held from 20 – 21 June 2017 in Barcelona

The TopRail (Tourist Opportunities for Railways), working group meeting took place on 20 and 21 June in Barcelona, kindly hosted by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).

The meeting was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio Barrón, Director of the Passenger Department and Ms Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the same department. Representatives from 10 different countries and companies FSI, JR Group, Irish Rail, RENFE, MÁV-START, Korail, SBB, Tren de Ecuador, as well as, UNECTO and FEDECRAIL attended the meeting.

The market for tourism by train is growing and evidence for this can be found in the numerous new special trains launched in the last months. During this TopRail meeting two of them were explained in detail to the rest of the participants: the Shiki-Shima, from Japan, and the Gotthard Panorama Express, from Switzerland.
Ms Nami Mizuguchi presented the new Shiki-Shima train suite. She highlighted the incredible effort that has been made by all the members of JR East over the last 10 years to create one of the most luxurious sleeper trains in Japan. Designated to be the icon of the company, every detail (from the design to the gastronomy on board) has been taken into consideration in the Shiki-Shima to create an unforgettable experience by rail based on East Japan culture.

Mr Jörg Ostwald presented a new SBB tourist oriented product that will join the ranks of similar premium Swiss Alpine narrow-gauge services such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Golden Pass Panoramic.

When the new Gotthard Tunnel was opened in December 2016 and most of SBB’s long long-distance passenger services between Lucerne and Bellinzona were routed through this line, the opportunity of creating a new tourist train arose. The Gotthard Panorama Express was launched last April and will run between Flüelen, Bellinzona and Lugano combined with a steamer trip across Lake Lucerne from Flüelen to Lucerne.

After an enriching discussion about the challenges of creating a new tourist product by rail, the second part of the meeting was dedicated to the work that has been developed by the group during the last months: The Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism by Rail.

On the second day, the participants went on a technical visit from Barcelona to Montserrat. During the visit, they had the opportunity to discover this special mountain rack railway and funiculars. With these services, FGC contributes to a more sustainable tourism in the Barcelona area by providing organised access to the popular sacred mountain of Montserrat with its Benedictine abbey and amazing landscapes.

Notice that the UIC members have been encouraged to sign the Charter for Sustainable Tourism by Rail. Interested members are welcome to send the Charter and their best practices regarding sustainable tourism within the next few weeks to participate in the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism.

The next TopRail meeting will be held on 3 October 2017.

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez at uic.org

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TopRail meeting held from 20 – 21 June 2017 in Barcelona

The TopRail (Tourist Opportunities for Railways), working group meeting took place on 20 and 21 June in Barcelona, kindly hosted by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).

The meeting was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio Barrón, Director of the Passenger Department and Ms Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the same department. Representatives from 10 different countries and companies FSI, JR Group, Irish Rail, RENFE, MÁV-START, Korail, SBB, Tren de Ecuador, as well as, UNECTO and FEDECRAIL attended the meeting.

The market for tourism by train is growing and evidence for this can be found in the numerous new special trains launched in the last months. During this TopRail meeting two of them were explained in detail to the rest of the participants: the Shiki-Shima, from Japan, and the Gotthard Panorama Express, from Switzerland.
Ms Nami Mizuguchi presented the new Shiki-Shima train suite. She highlighted the incredible effort that has been made by all the members of JR East over the last 10 years to create one of the most luxurious sleeper trains in Japan. Designated to be the icon of the company, every detail (from the design to the gastronomy on board) has been taken into consideration in the Shiki-Shima to create an unforgettable experience by rail based on East Japan culture.

Mr Jörg Ostwald presented a new SBB tourist oriented product that will join the ranks of similar premium Swiss Alpine narrow-gauge services such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Golden Pass Panoramic.

When the new Gotthard Tunnel was opened in December 2016 and most of SBB’s long long-distance passenger services between Lucerne and Bellinzona were routed through this line, the opportunity of creating a new tourist train arose. The Gotthard Panorama Express was launched last April and will run between Flüelen, Bellinzona and Lugano combined with a steamer trip across Lake Lucerne from Flüelen to Lucerne.

After an enriching discussion about the challenges of creating a new tourist product by rail, the second part of the meeting was dedicated to the work that has been developed by the group during the last months: The Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism by Rail.

On the second day, the participants went on a technical visit from Barcelona to Montserrat. During the visit, they had the opportunity to discover this special mountain rack railway and funiculars. With these services, FGC contributes to a more sustainable tourism in the Barcelona area by providing organised access to the popular sacred mountain of Montserrat with its Benedictine abbey and amazing landscapes.

Notice that the UIC members have been encouraged to sign the Charter for Sustainable Tourism by Rail. Interested members are welcome to send the Charter and their best practices regarding sustainable tourism within the next few weeks to participate in the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism.

The next TopRail meeting will be held on 3 October 2017.

www.toprail.org

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez at uic.org

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TopRail: Workshop on Sustainable Tourism in the Railways held during the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in October 2016 in Vienna

Tourism plays an increasingly important role in sustainable development which has been confirmed by the United Nations General Assembly by approving the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

TopRail project is moving forward with sustainable tourism initiatives building on the UIC Reporting Guidelines, focusing on rail-based tourism and its supporting value chain. TopRail looks to issue a reporting handbook by March 2017 and a formal best practices publication by July 2017.

Supporting sustainable tourism using railways is not only a strategic framework for ensuring a positive image of railways, but also a way to create a competitive advantage and an important contribution to encourage territorial development policies.

During the workshop, Vanessa Pérez, from the UIC Passenger and High Speed Department, gave a short presentation about TopRail project scope, organisation and deliverables. One of the priorities of the group during the period 2016-2017 will be to work on how tourism by rail can contribute to a more sustainable tourism.

Glenn Frommer, moderator of the workshop, gave an overview on what sustainable tourism means and its place in the context of SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals). He also presented different examples of different sectors (transport, automobile and supply sector) working to probe how sustainable they are using different ways (indicators, charter, best practices, label).

Four examples of how railways can contribute to sustainable tourism

Four operators presented broad approaches to rail-based sustainable tourism initiatives.

Carles Casas gave a presentation about the work FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) conducts on sustainable tourism with the special example of a fragile environment such as Vall de Núria.

Nami Mizuguchi explained how JR-East (Japanese Railways) encourages sustainable tourism by developing trains based on new concepts and revitalising local industries.

John Fuller presented the contribution of Fedecrail (European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways) operators regarding the heritage and the three axes of Sustainability (economic, social and environmental) with the case of study of Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

Dieter Dubkowitsch explained the engagement of RhB (Rhaetian Railways) with sustainable development in general and sustainable tourism in particular, as a mainly tourist-focused company.

The four approaches formed the basis of a facilitated group discussion chaired by Glenn Frommer with regard to moving the TopRail collaboration forward.

Further discussion will take place in the next months in order to achieve the objective of creating a reporting handbook and a formal best practices publication by 2017.

For further information please contact Vanessa Pérez, UIC Passenger and High Speed Department: perez at uic.org

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Train to Paris Campaign – 5 months to go!

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The members of the steering committee for the “Train to Paris” campaign met on 3 June 2015 at UIC headquarters in Paris to discuss the next steps of the campaign. Members shared the ongoing preparation of each train and their programme: conferences, debates, activities to raise awareness during their journey to France.

Less than 200 days remain before trains from across Asia and Europe arrive in Paris before COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. These trains will be bringing not only leading figures and experts in sustainable development but also NGOs, youth organizations, and members of civil society united in the goal of building a sustainable future and promoting rail as one of the backbones of sustainable transport systems.

Now is the time to start sharing the details of this unprecedented event with the greatest possible number of people. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, had the opportunity to present this Campaign to Transport Ministers during the International Transport Forum in Leipzig last week.

Stay tuned!

We encourage everyone to visit our dedicated website Traintoparis.org, to follow the campaign on Twitter @trainCOP21 and to “Like” the Train to Paris page on Facebook.

For more information on this campaign please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Event Coordinator: philippe at uic.org

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Train to Paris: Invitation to sign the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge

On 27 August the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge was sent out to CEOs, Presidents, Directors-General of all members of UIC. The handing over of the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge to high-level representatives of the United Nations and Government delegations at the “Train to Paris” high level event at UIC will represent a key component of the rail sector’s contribution to the COP21 Lima Paris Action Agenda.

We invite the CEOs of all UIC members to sign the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge.

Please return the electronically signed forms at your earliest convenience to Environnement2 at uic.org

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Transport Leaders Rally at the World Bank Group / IMF Spring Meetings to Chart the Future of Mobility

On 12 April 2019, leaders in transport from across the world convened at the World Bank Group/IMF Spring meetings for a high-level panel discussion on what it will take to realise sustainable mobility. Sustainable mobility is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and with the 2030 deadline for the SDGs fast approaching, it’s more important than ever to develop transport systems that are equitable, efficient, safe and green.

High-level government officials on the panel included Ghanaian Transport Minister H.E. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah; Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN in New York, H.E. Kairat Umarov and Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the UN in New York, H.E. Mahamadamin Mahmadaminov. They were also joined by Ms. Allen Catherine Kagina, Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority; Ms. Rachel Healy, Director of the Office of Sustainability at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Mr. Pau Noy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB).

Senior Director of the World Bank’s Transport Global Practice opened the panel discussion reminding the audience of high-level government officials and staff from the World Bank group, that the insights generated at this event, will be used to strengthen and refine the efforts by the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative to lay out a Global Roadmap of Action to get the world back on track to achieve sustainable mobility. He praised SuM4All’s revolutionary work to transform the transport sector thus far. World Bank Vice-President for Infrastructure Makhtar Diop echoed these sentiments in his Opening Remarks and spoke on the importance of sustainable transport financing, leveraging inland waterways and the need to develop transport systems that provide access “for all,” including women and the elderly, to achieve sustainable mobility.

The panelists themselves came from highly diverse backgrounds and provided a rich tapestry of insights pertaining to mobility. The Transport Minister of Ghana highlighted the role of international assistance, that countries such as his, operating on limited resources, would require to embrace mobility systems that are sustainable. Meanwhile, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, H.E. Kairat Umarov spoke on his country’s historic role as the leading advocate of the landlocked developing country agenda internationally. His diplomatic counterpart Permanent Representative Mahamadamin Mahmadaminov, elaborated on what Tajikistan has been doing to surmount the challenges thrust upon it by its landlocked character.

With the global number of road traffic deaths continuing to rise, reaching 1.35 million in 2016, road safety was another important issue discussed. Ms. Allen Katherine Kagina, the Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority explained how her country was using technology to reduce road traffic crashes. Meanwhile Rachel Healy, heading the Office of Sustainability at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Mr. Pau Noy, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona spoke about the challenges faced by public transport systems in making metro and bus services safer, more reliable, more efficient, and less polluting, focused on meeting people’s needs.

This panel discussion was organised by the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative, the World Bank Group SDG Fund and the Mobility Champions Community which is co-chaired by the President of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Pere Calvet, and Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, with the special collaboration of UITP.

UIC, as member of SUM4all, was very pleased to contribute to the Global Roadmap for action mentioned during this event, and is looking forward to continuing this cooperation with SUM4all.

(Source: World Bank)

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Transport Sector Is “Off Track” to Sustainability

First ever Global Mobility Report assesses performance for all transport modes worldwide.

The transport sector is not on track towards achieving sustainable mobility, according to the Global Mobility Report launched today.

The Global Mobility Report is the first ever assessment of the transport sector. It was produced by the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative (SuM4All)—a worldwide consortium of over 50 leading organizations in the transport sector.

The Global Mobility Report covers all transport modes. It tracks progress towards sustainable mobility around the world in four areas:

  • Universal Access: about 450 million people in Africa— or more than 70% of its total rural population—are estimated to have been left unconnected to transport.
  • Efficiency: transporting a container of avocados from Kenya to the Netherlands requires 200 interactions and more than 20 documents, at a cost equal to that of shipping. Efficient supply chains can increase farmer income 10-100%.
  • Safety: almost 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads every year and tens of millions are seriously injured. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29.
  • Green mobility: transport emits 23% of all energy-related greenhouse gases; its CO2 emissions could grow by 40% by 2040.

The world is off track to achieving sustainable mobility. The growing demand for moving people and goods is increasingly met at the expense of future generations,” said José Luis Irigoyen, Senior Director of the Transport & ICT Global Practice at the World Bank. “It is urgent to reverse this trend. The costs for society of increased mobility in terms of congestion, accidents, inefficiencies and pollution are simply too high.”

“Sustainable mobility is crucial for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs,” said a representative of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). “It enables access to services and opportunities through sustainable transport, thus advancing economic and social development to benefit today’s and future generations.”

The Global Mobility Report is the product of a true collective effort,” said Jari Kauppila, Head of Statistics and Modelling of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “The breadth of knowledge assembled under the umbrella of the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative is what makes this comprehensive assessment of the transport sector possible and also unique.”

The Global Mobility Report, with proposed targets on accessibility, safety, efficiency and green transport, will accelerate the transition to sustainable transport both in the developing and developed world,” said Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General of The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

“In Latin America, the high rates of urbanization require mobility solutions that provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all,” said Luis Carranza Ugarte, President of Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF).

Good public transport has a huge impact on urban economies. It expands labour markets, offers more opportunities and better accessibility. The SUM4ALL initiative will be essential to realising this,” said Alain Flausch, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

The report’s tracking framework builds on indicators developed for the Sustainable Development Goals. The baseline established with this first edition will be updated every two years, enabling governments to measure progress in how they provide accessible, efficient, safe, and clean transport.

The Consortium has made good progress on the development of a draft tracking framework and the first Global Mobility Report,” said Elizabeth Jones, Senior Transport Adviser, UK’s Department for International Development.

Download the report for free at sum4all.org

This press release is jointly published on behalf of the Sum4All consortium by:

  • The World Bank Group
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  • Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Sustainable Mobility for All is a global partnership acting collectively to transform transport and meet the mobility expectations of tomorrow in a sustainable way. SuM4All includes multilateral development banks, bilateral donor agencies, United Nations departments, agencies, programs and regional commissions, intergovernmental organizations, global civil society organizations, private sector organizations, and academic institutions.

(Source: World Bank)

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Transport Sector Is “Off Track” to Sustainability

First ever Global Mobility Report assesses performance for all transport modes worldwide.

The transport sector is not on track towards achieving sustainable mobility, according to the Global Mobility Report launched today.

The Global Mobility Report is the first ever assessment of the transport sector. It was produced by the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative (SuM4All)—a worldwide consortium of over 50 leading organizations in the transport sector.

The Global Mobility Report covers all transport modes. It tracks progress towards sustainable mobility around the world in four areas:

  • Universal Access: about 450 million people in Africa— or more than 70% of its total rural population—are estimated to have been left unconnected to transport.
  • Efficiency: transporting a container of avocados from Kenya to the Netherlands requires 200 interactions and more than 20 documents, at a cost equal to that of shipping. Efficient supply chains can increase farmer income 10-100%.
  • Safety: almost 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads every year and tens of millions are seriously injured. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29.
  • Green mobility: transport emits 23% of all energy-related greenhouse gases; its CO2 emissions could grow by 40% by 2040.

The world is off track to achieving sustainable mobility. The growing demand for moving people and goods is increasingly met at the expense of future generations,” said José Luis Irigoyen, Senior Director of the Transport & ICT Global Practice at the World Bank. “It is urgent to reverse this trend. The costs for society of increased mobility in terms of congestion, accidents, inefficiencies and pollution are simply too high.”

“Sustainable mobility is crucial for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs,” said a representative of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). “It enables access to services and opportunities through sustainable transport, thus advancing economic and social development to benefit today’s and future generations.”

The Global Mobility Report is the product of a true collective effort,” said Jari Kauppila, Head of Statistics and Modelling of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “The breadth of knowledge assembled under the umbrella of the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative is what makes this comprehensive assessment of the transport sector possible and also unique.”

The Global Mobility Report, with proposed targets on accessibility, safety, efficiency and green transport, will accelerate the transition to sustainable transport both in the developing and developed world,” said Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General of The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

“In Latin America, the high rates of urbanization require mobility solutions that provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all,” said Luis Carranza Ugarte, President of Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF).

Good public transport has a huge impact on urban economies. It expands labour markets, offers more opportunities and better accessibility. The SUM4ALL initiative will be essential to realising this,” said Alain Flausch, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

The report’s tracking framework builds on indicators developed for the Sustainable Development Goals. The baseline established with this first edition will be updated every two years, enabling governments to measure progress in how they provide accessible, efficient, safe, and clean transport.

The Consortium has made good progress on the development of a draft tracking framework and the first Global Mobility Report,” said Elizabeth Jones, Senior Transport Adviser, UK’s Department for International Development.

Download the report for free at sum4all.org

This press release is jointly published on behalf of the Sum4All consortium by:

  • The World Bank Group
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  • Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Sustainable Mobility for All is a global partnership acting collectively to transform transport and meet the mobility expectations of tomorrow in a sustainable way. SuM4All includes multilateral development banks, bilateral donor agencies, United Nations departments, agencies, programs and regional commissions, intergovernmental organizations, global civil society organizations, private sector organizations, and academic institutions.

(Source: World Bank)

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TRISTRAM Project Meeting held on 13 February 2020 in Paris

The railways are actively developing a holistic approach to integrated vegetation management on railway tracks.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use (SLU) Sector has been continuously working on vegetation management methods by benchmarking UIC member companies since 2017.

From 2017 to 2018, the UIC HERBIE project focused on the most promising methods of weed control available for railways in partnership with the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin. The results of the project are available at:

https://www.shop-etf.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/9428/s/herbie-guidelines-state-of-the-art-and-integrated-assessment-of-weed-control-and-management-for-railways/

As a result of the project, the most promising alternative methods such as using electro-weeding, hot water, hot foam, organic acids, geotextiles, was selected for further evaluation.

From 2019 to the end of 2020, the UIC TRISTRAM project aims to progress from a single method to a flexible mix of methods; from conventional chemical treatments to alternative, herbicide-free methods. Since the study was undertaken again in collaboration with IZT, the project is investigating alternative methods with regard to herbicides used for vegetation control. In addition, the SLU Sector pursues its close collaboration with CER to provide UIC with the political discussions currently happening in EU and to promote the new strategy of UIC at European level.

The last TRISTRAM meeting held on 13 February was attended by technical experts from DB AG, FS, INFRABEL, ÖBB, SBB CFF FFS, SNCB/NMBS, SNCF, TRAFIKVERKET and IZT.

As a conclusion of the SLU Sector meeting the members agreed to publish the “Strategy Paper on the Future of Vegetation Control” on the UIC website. The document will be available via the following link:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/environment/sustainable-land-use

If you wish to participate in the TRISTRAM project please check out https://uic.org/events/tristram-knowledge-exchange

Save the date: UIC SLU Sector will hold the Railway Vegetation Management Workshop from 10 – 11 March 2021 at UIC HQ in Paris.

For further information please contact Pınar Yılmazer, Senior Advisor – Sustainable Development Unit:

yilmazer at uic.org

See the full article

TRISTRAM Project Meeting held on 13 February 2020 in Paris

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The railways are actively developing a holistic approach to integrated vegetation management on railway tracks.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use (SLU) Sector has been continuously working on vegetation management methods by benchmarking UIC member companies since 2017.

From 2017 to 2018, the UIC HERBIE project focused on the most promising methods of weed control available for railways in partnership with the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin. The results of the project are available at:

https://www.shop-etf.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/9428/s/herbie-guidelines-state-of-the-art-and-integrated-assessment-of-weed-control-and-management-for-railways/

As a result of the project, the most promising alternative methods such as using electro-weeding, hot water, hot foam, organic acids, geotextiles, was selected for further evaluation.

From 2019 to the end of 2020, the UIC TRISTRAM project aims to progress from a single method to a flexible mix of methods; from conventional chemical treatments to alternative, herbicide-free methods. Since the study was undertaken again in collaboration with IZT, the project is investigating alternative methods with regard to herbicides used for vegetation control. In addition, the SLU Sector pursues its close collaboration with CER to provide UIC with the political discussions currently happening in EU and to promote the new strategy of UIC at European level.

The last TRISTRAM meeting held on 13 February was attended by technical experts from DB AG, FS, INFRABEL, ÖBB, SBB CFF FFS, SNCB/NMBS, SNCF, TRAFIKVERKET and IZT.

As a conclusion of the SLU Sector meeting the members agreed to publish the “Strategy Paper on the Future of Vegetation Control” on the UIC website. The document will be available via the following link:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/environment/sustainable-land-use

If you wish to participate in the TRISTRAM project please check out https://uic.org/events/tristram-knowledge-exchange

Save the date: UIC SLU Sector will hold the Railway Vegetation Management Workshop from 10 – 11 March 2021 at UIC HQ in Paris.

For further information please contact Pınar Yılmazer, Senior Advisor – Sustainable Development Unit:

yilmazer at uic.org

See the full article

TRISTRAM Project Meeting held on 13 February 2020 in Paris

]

The railways are actively developing a holistic approach to integrated vegetation management on railway tracks.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use (SLU) Sector has been continuously working on vegetation management methods by benchmarking UIC member companies since 2017.

From 2017 to 2018, the UIC HERBIE project focused on the most promising methods of weed control available for railways in partnership with the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin. The results of the project are available at:

https://www.shop-etf.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/9428/s/herbie-guidelines-state-of-the-art-and-integrated-assessment-of-weed-control-and-management-for-railways/

As a result of the project, the most promising alternative methods such as using electro-weeding, hot water, hot foam, organic acids, geotextiles, was selected for further evaluation.

From 2019 to the end of 2020, the UIC TRISTRAM project aims to progress from a single method to a flexible mix of methods; from conventional chemical treatments to alternative, herbicide-free methods. Since the study was undertaken again in collaboration with IZT, the project is investigating alternative methods with regard to herbicides used for vegetation control. In addition, the SLU Sector pursues its close collaboration with CER to provide UIC with the political discussions currently happening in EU and to promote the new strategy of UIC at European level.

The last TRISTRAM meeting held on 13 February was attended by technical experts from DB AG, FS, INFRABEL, ÖBB, SBB CFF FFS, SNCB/NMBS, SNCF, TRAFIKVERKET and IZT.

As a conclusion of the SLU Sector meeting the members agreed to publish the “Strategy Paper on the Future of Vegetation Control” on the UIC website. The document will be available via the following link:

https://uic.org/sustainable-development/environment/sustainable-land-use

If you wish to participate in the TRISTRAM project please check out https://uic.org/events/tristram-knowledge-exchange

Save the date: UIC SLU Sector will hold the Railway Vegetation Management Workshop from 10 – 11 March 2021 at UIC HQ in Paris.

For further information please contact Pınar Yılmazer, Senior Advisor – Sustainable Development Unit:

yilmazer at uic.org

See the full article

TRISTRAM Project Meeting held on 13 February 2020 in Paris

]

The railways are actively developing a holistic approach to integrated vegetation management on railway tracks.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use (SLU) Sector has been continuously working on vegetation management methods by benchmarking UIC member companies since 2017.

From 2017 to 2018, the UIC HERBIE project focused on the most promising methods of weed control available for railways in partnership with the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin. The results of the project are available at:

https://www.shop-etf.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/9428/s/herbie-guidelines-state-of-the-art-and-integrated-assessment-of-weed-control-and-management-for-railways/

As a result of the project, the most promising alternative methods such as using electro-weeding, hot water, hot foam, organic acids, geotextiles, was selected for further evaluation.

From 2019 to the end of 2020, the UIC TRISTRAM project aims to progress from a single method to a flexible mix of methods; from conventional chemical treatments to alternative, herbicide-free methods. S