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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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UIC actively participated in UN Climate Summit in New York:

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Recognition of its advisory role to feed the discussions

Launch of “UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge”

The UN Climate Summit hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York provided the opportunity to make new commitments, new ideas, and new financing for significant actions to address the climate challenge.

World leaders reaffirmed the need to take urgent action to limit global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius. Acknowledging that the world was not on a pathway to reach that goal, they also committed to significantly ramp up climate action. Many speakers made it clear that taking action to reduce emissions could be achieved without damaging prospects for economic development and efforts to fight poverty.

As a recognition of the work done by UIC in close cooperation with the United Nations from several years (Train to Copenhagen, Rio+20, recent nomination of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux by United Nations Secretary General as Member of the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport ..), UIC had the great opportunity to take the floor during the Summit and made several statements.

UIC General Director Jean-Pierre Loubinoux participated among others on the afternoon of 23 September in the session “Transport Actions area” which allowed global leaders from Government, business, finance and civil society to announce bold commitments to action in areas that are critical for keeping global temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius.

Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are expected to increase under a ‘business as usual’ scenario by nearly 50 per cent by 2030 and more than 80 per cent by 2050, compared with year-end 2009. This increase in emissions will be primarily caused by a projected surge in the global stock of vehicles. Already in 2009, transport contributed approximately one-quarter of energy-related global greenhouse gas emissions and was responsible for about one-fifth of energy use. Measures that reduce the demand for travel, including compact city planning combined with the large-scale expansion of public transport systems improvements in energy-efficient transportation systems along with the promotion of non-motorised transport, could save Governments, companies and individuals up to $70 trillion by 2050 as less money would need to be invested in vehicles, fuel and transportation infrastructure.
In this context, the United Nations issued a press release on this issue, mentioning the UIC initiative. Please find it below:

UN press release:

Sustainable Rail, Air, Electric Vehicles and Urban Public Transport Mobilized at Climate Summit

New York, 23 September 2014 - Shift to low-carbon mobility could save up to US$70 trillion in fuel costs

Four global transport alliances launched or advanced initiatives that aim to significantly scale-up proven low carbon transport technologies. Announced at
the Climate Summit on 23 September, these initiatives would increase the number of electric vehicles on the road, increase the efficiency of rail transport and air travel, and provide sustainable public transportation options around the world.

According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a shift towards
sustainable transport is essential to prevent greenhouse gas emissions by transport from doubling by the middle of the century and to achieve the internationally agreed goal of a maximum 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperature. Transport contributes about one quarter of energy-related global GHG emissions and about one fifth of energy use. Under a ‘Business as Usual’ scenario, energy use and GHG emissions are projected to rise by nearly 50 percent by 2030 and by more than 80 per cent by 2050 (from 2009).

These initiatives can help put the transport sector on a new track towards a low-carbon future and save trillions of dollars in fuel costs in the process. The International Energy Agency estimates that a shift to sustainable, low-carbon transport by the middle of the century could save governments, companies and individuals up to US$70 trillion.

“I am glad to see action that builds strong global alliances in the transportation area,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “These initiatives will help reduce carbon emissions and make urban areas more efficient and productive and healthier places to live and work.”

A new Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI) was launched in New York to increase the number of electric vehicles in cities to least 30 percent of all new vehicles sold on annual basis by 2030 while simultaneously developing the enabling infrastructure for their effective use. The initiative is supported by private companies including BYD, Mahindra Reva, and Michelin, one of the two largest tire manufacturers in the world, as well as UN-Habitat.

“Mobilizing support from the private sector is vital to enable us to implement technological breakthroughs in urban mobility” said UN-Habitat Executive Director of Joan Clos.

The International Union of Railways (UIC) – with 240 members worldwide including the major railways of Europe, China, Russia, India and the US – launched the Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge. In the Association’s green growth agenda framework, the UIC aims to increase rail use for freight and transport and meet ambitious targets for increased efficiency and emission reduction of 50 percent each by 2030 and 60 and 75 percent, respectively, by 2050. These targets were unanimously approved at the UIC General Assembly in June 2014 in the lead up to the Summit; and UIC will monitor and report the progress by the rail sector towards achieving these goals.

[More information on this Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge in another article below].

“We expect this initiative to result in 75 per cent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from rail transport by 2050. In total, we aim to save over one gigatonne of carbon emissions globally through improved energy efficiency and through building partnerships”, said Jean- Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the International Railway Association.

Video of the Commitment of the Railway Sector to support the 2° scenario (statement by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, during the Transport Actions Area, UN Climate Summit, New York, 23 September 2014) is available here:

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Declaration on Climate Leadership resulted in over 350 commitments and actions from 110 public transport entities being undertaken in the lead up to the Summit. These actions contribute to UITP’s objective of doubling the market share of public transport around the world by 2025, announced at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012. UITP brings together 1,300 member organizations from 92 countries.

Most commitments for the Summit aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a host of measures, from increasing the number of new bus and metro lines to introducing car and bike sharing in countries around the globe – from Germany to Japan and from Colombia to Lebanon.

In the fourth announcement, governments under the auspices of the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the aviation industry, represented through the crossindustry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), stepped up commitment and partnerships to achieve the ultimate objective of a sustainable international aviation sector, and in particular to reach the industry’s long-term existing global goal to halve net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

As part of this commitment, in advance of the Summit and after, ICAO and ATAG are
supporting the development of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation as well as the
deployment of new technology for aircraft and operational improvements to ensure
increased efficiency in the industry. They are working with partners to develop a global CO2 standard for new aircraft and to design and implement a global market-based measure for international aviation for implementation from 2020 onward.

Over 100 actions by partners and industry leaders – including Virgin Atlantic and Thai Airways – have been launched or scaled up since the Secretary-General’s call to action for the Summit in Sept 2013.

These announcements forms part of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to keep global temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius by reducing emissions, moving money, pricing pollution, strengthening resilience and mobilizing new coalitions. This is one of eight areas identified as critical and further developed during the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a two-day meeting held in the United Arab Emirates in May 2014.

View the Joint Action Statements and Action Plans for the Transport Action Area
at
http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/action-areas/ to learn the details of the
commitments and the partners.

Contacts:

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UIC addresses the question of adaptation challenges during the United Nations Conference on Climate change COP22 in Morocco

UIC was represented on 10 to 13 November 2016 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22 in Marrakesh, participating in 7 events, both in the blue and the civil society and innovation zones - UIC has consultative status to the United Nations.

Defined as a COP for action, the Moroccan Presidency identified adaptation, and building resilience as key themes for COP22. In support of this, UIC worked closely with the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) in launching a declaration on adaption for the transport sector.

For the first time, the transport sector established a common position regarding the importance of improving resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, UIC Director General, discussed adaption during the high level transport showcase as part of the official COP22 programme. He said “Uncertainty is not an excuse for inaction” […] “As climate changes will bring about increasing weather-related hazards in the longer term, UIC would like to see NDC (national policy) statements advocating early adaptation action to build resilience - early because of the long lead times for infrastructure planning and early because if we leave things too late - for some years - we will become focused on managing disruption by unaffordable reaction. Key message – uncertainty should not be an excuse to avoid taking action. Fire-fighting is very expensive, we need a strategic approach. We should use investments to manage uncertainty. In Europe alone, weather resilience costs the rail sector 300 million Euros every year, 80% of that is due to flooding alone.”

It’s important for the transport sector to raise awareness for the need of adaptation to advance transport policy and increase funding and UIC encourages members to sign the adaptation declaration. All information can be found here: Declaration on Adaptation

UIC RailAdapt project will strengthen the sector’s positioning on adaptation.
For more details please contact Nick CRAVEN, Head of the Sustainable Unit at UIC, craven at uic.org

A comprehensive overview of transport related activities, including with important parties such as ONCF, SNCF, UITP, ITF and SLOCAT during COP22 will be presented towards the end of COP22.

An interview of Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, UIC Director General, on
“Sustainable development – what has happened since the COP21 conference? What are the next challenges?” is available here: https://youtu.be/xMkYD8xq27Q

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

craven at uic.org

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

philippe at uic.org

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UIC advocates modal shift as a solution to climate change at the UN Climate Ascent

UIC consulted national governments on proposals for modal shift as a solution to climate change at the UN Climate Ascent in Abu Dhabi on 4 and 5 May.

The Ascent was designed to achieve a major shift from negotiations to engagement on action and attracted over 1,000 participants, including 70 government ministers.

The two-day Ascent meeting was co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates to prepare for the Climate Summit that will be held on 23 September in New York to raise ambition and action for climate change.

UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon stated that sensed change was in the air “I challenge you to be part of that change – to be at the head of the race.” He also warned governments and major businesses “Don’t get left behind. Don’t be on the losing side of history” and went on to state that “Those who are prepared to lead can expect considerable returns. The business opportunities of the low-carbon economy are great. The social and environmental benefits for countries in all regions are yet to be realised.”

The event featured a number of high level speakers including a keynote speech by former Vice President of the United States Al Gore and a conversation on climate change with former Prime Minister of Great Britain Tony Blair.

During a dedicated transport breakout session, UIC engaged delegates from national governments by illustrating the low carbon performance of rail. UIC also proposed modal shift as a solution to climate change and an essential step for securing the 2 degrees scenario and decoupling of economic growth from CO2 emissions. The UIC session focussed on a discussion of key enablers for modal shift:

  • Rail placed as the backbone of sustainable transport master-plans, at both national and international levels
  • Investment in new rail projects
  • Investment in existing rail infrastructure
  • Simplified border controls to support international and intercontinental fright corridors
  • The right environment for private finance initiatives
  • Smart land use planning
  • Internalisation of external costs (e.g. via road pricing)

The UIC proposal was later highlighted by Helen Clarke, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, as a model initiative during her summing up of the event.

UIC will follow up this consultation at the UN Climate Summit on 23 September in New York.

An interview with UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux on the UIC proposals is available here http://slocat.net/ascent-interview-jean-pierre-loubinoux-international-union-railway

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

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UIC and the International Energy Agency publish the first common railway handbook on “Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions of the World Railway Sector”

  • A key publication showing the environmental advantage of rail with sound scientific evidence
  • An important source of energy and CO2 data for understanding environmental issues related to the transport sector

The International Energy Agency (IEA), recognised as the world’s most authoritative source for energy statistics since the seventies, and UIC, representing over 200 railway companies and associations across the world, have published the first railway handbook on “Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions of the World Railway Sector”.

Tracking the progress of energy use and CO2 emissions is at the core of both institutions and synergies have emerged in order to improve data quality and collection for the rail sector.

The aim of the handbook is to support the overall framework constructed by the International Energy Agency on energy-related transport trends. This publication complements the IEA data with direct railway data, collected and quality-checked yearly by UIC since 2008.

The transport sector is responsible for nearly 23% of energy-based CO2 emissions worldwide, mainly due to road traffic. Total transport CO2 emissions have constantly increased since 1990 and all transport modes – except railways – have increased their GHG emissions from fuel combustion. Railway companies operating worldwide produce less than 1% of the total CO2 emissions caused by the transport sector.

Due to their low-carbon performance, railways are an important means to achieve sustainable mobility. Trains, especially in Europe, rely mostly on electricity, and the electricity markets are already subjected to mechanisms to lower the carbon content of electricity through the EU ETS (European Union Emission Trading Scheme). With electro-mobility being a key objective for many European countries, one of the most cost-effective actions should be to promote railway mobility.

In this handbook you will find the result of the harmonisation of the UIC Energy/CO2 railway database with the IEA world energy balances and CO2 emissions from the fuel combustion database.

This publication aims to be updated regularly in order to provide institutions, associations and decision-makers with robust data as the foundation on which to build the greening of our future transport choices.

You can find the “Railway Handbook 2012 – Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions” on the UIC website at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/iea-uic_energy_consumption_and_co2_emission_of_world_railway_sector.pdf

Key facts & figures on railways in the European Union (EU27)

General information:

  • The total length of railway lines in Europe has remained stable since 1990 (around 210,000 km)
  • In 1990, only 30% of railway lines were electrified. In 2009, this percentage reached 53%. Around 80% of rail traffic is performed nowadays with electrified trains
  • Railways improved their energy efficiency from 1990 to 2009: 13% less energy is needed now to move a passenger km and 19% less energy to move a tonne km
  • Electricity used by railways in Europe is produced with an average of 30% from renewable sources. This percentage has significantly increased in the last four years
  • High-speed and intercity trains – as expected – consume more energy per train km, but due to the higher load factor they consume less energy per passenger km
  • European railways have committed to reduce their specific emissions by 30% in 2020, calculated from 1990
  • From 1990 to 2009 European railways reduced their total CO2 emissions by 32%, passenger specific emissions (per passenger km) by 20% and freight specific emissions (per tonne km) by 38%. The freight sector has already reached its 2020 target for specific emissions

Transport Trends and Modal Split

  • Total transport demand grew by 7% between 2000 and 2009
  • The financial and economic crisis substantially decreased transport demand between 2008 and 2009, in particular for the freight sector (-12% from 2008 to 2009)
  • In 10 years (2000-2009), no significant change in modal split for the passenger sector was recorded. For the freight sector there have been small changes towards road freight
  • Railways’ modal share was 6% for passenger and 7% for freight transport activities

Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions of the Transport Sector

  • The transport sector in 2009 was responsible for about 31% of total CO2 emissions from fuel combustion in Europe
  • In 2009, road was responsible for 71% of total CO2 emissions caused by the transport sector. Navigation was responsible for 14.3% and aviation for 12.3% Railways produced 1.8% of total CO2 emissions caused by the transport sector, corresponding to 0.6% of total CO2 emissions in EU27
  • Total transport CO2 emissions grew by nearly 28% from 1990 to 2009 and by 5% from 2000 to 2009: all transport modes – except railways – have increased their total emissions

For further information please contact Veronica Aneris, UIC Senior Adviser Environment and Energy: aneris at uic.org

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UIC at the U.N High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

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On 17 and 18 November, UIC participated in the first Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport in New York at the United Nations. The aim of these meetings was to discuss the priorities, work plans and method of work of this High Level Group set up by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last August. The meeting on 17 November was launched by WU Hongbo, Under Secretary-General and Nikhil Seth, Executive Secretary. Olof Persson (Sweden), Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group, and Co-Chair moderated the meeting. Each Member of this Group had the opportunity to make comments and to propose some inputs. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, highlighted some ideas serving the aims of common discussions.

He said: “Of the various positions that can be proposed to sustain the development of transport for all modes around the world, it seems necessary to use the common experience of our group to develop very pragmatic approaches. One basic consideration is to have an approach towards sustainability and sustainable development in terms of accessibility; and in this respect UIC and the rail operating community worldwide, with 240 members in 95 countries, is trying to pursue the search for accessibility for directions, which I would call the four “Is”.

The first “I” is INFRASTRUCTURE – whether rail, road or waterway – and access to infrastructure is obviously key to accessibility for the mobility of goods and people. Infrastructure is costly and more than ever the scarcity of resources calls for the optimisation of their complementarity.

The second “I” is for INNOVATION. In terms of transport, many single ideas can be promoted – more in some modes than others – and there as well innovation in terms of modal complementarity and interfaces, and interfacing modes of transport is a domain which can certainly be further developed by appealing to universities, research centres to ministers in charge of research and development, to finance this innovation among the young population of students and researchers.

The third “I” is for INTELLIGENCE, as especially for rail transport, the accumulated knowledge of past generations is gradually disappearing with retirement, whereas younger generations have not continued this work in sufficient numbers in this field. Therefore the transfer of knowledge through professional education is important with a vision of the news ideas, governance and management needed by a globalised world and the development of corridors between countries and cultures.

The fourth “I” would be INTERMODAL. As I said before and above, the complementarity of modes is probably the new key philosophical approach to be developed not in opposition, but in the improvement of the benefits brought about so far by intra-modal or inter-modal competition. The basic concern in all transport modes is the satisfaction of customer needs which defend the door-to-door logistics chain. This in turn calls for a more intelligent interfacing of these modes and the intelligent new concept of passenger hubs or goods hubs to interconnect people and goods. This is what I would call a new approach, comparable to a marketing approach in terms of transport mix.

On 18 November, these Members had the opportunity to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Please find below the press release issued by the United Nations:

New UN group seeks solutions for harnessing rising investments in transport while reducing harmful pollutants for sustainable future

Solutions needed as air pollutants from transport kill seven million people annually and greenhouse gas emissions from transport keep rising

New York, 18 November 2014 – With trillions of dollars expected to be invested in transport infrastructure and air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions rising, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tasked his High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport with finding viable solutions to promote public health and safety, environmental protection and economic growth through sustainable transport.

Comprised of Government, civil society and private sector leaders, the Advisory Group will work with Governments, transport providers, businesses, financial institutions, civil society and others to promote and accelerate the implementation of sustainable transport.

“The opportunities for sustainable transport are profound and we must take action,” Mr. Ban said as he met with a number of the Group’s members. “Transport is vital for everyone, and with the right mix of solutions sustainable transport will help us to realize a better future by helping to reduce poverty while protecting the planet and driving economic growth.”

Mr. Ban requested that the Group ensure the close alignment of transport with inclusive and equitable growth, social development, and environmental protection.

The establishment of the Group reflects the importance of sustainable transport for addressing major global challenges. Transport accounts for more than one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, and is projected to grow to one-third by 2050. Transport is the main source of air pollutants, which lead to seven million premature deaths every year.

Population growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, with nearly 90 per cent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. Poor and vulnerable groups need transport accessibility to get to jobs, schools, health care facilities and other public services. The Group aims to make sure that the transport dimension is recognized when Governments devise strategies on fighting poverty.

Safe and efficient maritime transport is the backbone of world trade, with 90 per cent of goods shipped by sea routes. Moreover, transport is one of the few growth sectors, estimated to attract trillions of US dollars in infrastructure investment in the coming decades. Exploring how these investments can result in sustainable infrastructure is one of the issues that will be discussed by the Group.

The Advisory Group held its first meeting on 17 November, and agreed to its priority areas and work plan for its three-year term. Among other things, the Group will look for practical ways to unlock the potential of sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable growth and sustainable urbanization. It was noted that to realize this goal, all modes of transport must be considered, including aviation, marine, ferry, rail and road.

The Group agreed to address a whole range of issues essential to transport, including access, accessibility, affordability, efficiency, climate and environmental impacts, public health and safety. It also decided to look at cross-cutting issues such as education, gender, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building.

To accomplish its goals, the Group will provide a global message and recommendations on sustainable transport. It will launch a “Global Transport Outlook Report” by July 2016 to provide analytical support for these recommendations and help mobilize action and initiatives in support of sustainable transport on the global, regional, local and sector levels, with a particular focus on urbanization.

The Group will support the organization of the Global Sustainable Transport Conference that will be convened by the Secretary-General towards the end of 2016. It will promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including by making recommendations on the formulation and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

Members of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

  • Olof Persson (Sweden), Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group, Co-Chair
  • Carolina Tohá (Chile), Mayor of Santiago, Chile, Co-Chair
  • Frank Appel (Germany), Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL.
  • Milica Bajic-Brkovic (Serbia), President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners.
  • Morten Engelstoft (Denmark), CEO of Services & Other Shipping
  • Alain Flausch (Belgium), Secretary-General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • Maty Mint Hamady (Mauritania), Mayor of Nouakchott
  • Patrick Ho (Hong Kong, China), Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General of China Energy Fund Committee
  • Victor Kiryanov (Russian Federation), Deputy Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation.
  • Jean Pierre Loubinoux (France), Director-General of the International Union of Railways
  • Tanya Müller García (Mexico), Secretary of Environment of Mexico City and Vice-President of the World Green Infrastructure Network
  • Len Roueche (Canada), Chief Executive Officer of Interferry

For more information see: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1843

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UIC co-organises with partners a High-Level Event in support of the UN Climate Change Summit (22 September 2014, New York)

UIC, Amtrak, the US national passenger rail operator, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the Partnership for SLoCaT will organise “On Track to Clean & Green Transport” – a high-level meeting on transport and climate change on 22 September in New York, the day before the Climate Summit announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The event will be supported by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and the Canadian rail operator Via Rail.
The audience of this event, which represents a crucial step towards unlocking the potential of sustainable transport, will mainly be composed of heads of railway companies worldwide, representatives of international organisations (OECD, development banks), media and the world of diplomacy.

High-level speakers will participate in this important event and give their vision of potential development within the railways in the future and the role they can play regarding climate change.

During the morning session participants will take a closer look at the role that railways can play in the realisation of sustainable transport and addressing climate change. Over the last years the transport sector has taken substantive action to address climate change in the context of sustainable development.
Recent accomplishments and future plans of Amtrak and other operators in strengthening the position of railways in the USA and worldwide will be discussed and linkages will be made with the post-2015 development agenda that is currently being discussed in the United Nations.

The afternoon part of the event will take a broader look at the need to develop low carbon sustainable transport systems, the mitigation potential of the transport sector and a roadmap for future action. The conclusions of the event will support discussions at the UN Secretary’s General’s Climate Summit (http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/) to be held on the following day.

The UIC Director General will participate in this event as well as other UIC Members such as Amtrak, JR East, VIA Rail or Mongolian Railways.

The latest version of the programme is available here:
http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/draft_program_22_september_event-16_september.pdf

About this event, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux says:

“All the work carried out over these past few years by UIC, in conjunction with its members and partners, has succeeded in showing the great relevance and environmental value of the railways in modern society. Since promoting the train at COP 15 in Copenhagen, the signing of the declaration by our key members in Kyoto, publishing works with the International Energy Agency of the OECD which refer to the success of the Europe Train project, involvement in Rio+20, and the unprecedented recognition of the railways, from preparing COP 21 in Paris to holding a symbolic event in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, all this work among other day-to-day actions strengthen rail’s and UIC’s credibility to promote and apply sustainable development on a global scale.”

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UIC co-organises with partners a High-Level Event in support of the UN Climate Change Summit (22 September 2014, New York)

UIC, Amtrak, the US national passenger rail operator, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the Partnership for SLoCaT will organise “On Track to Clean & Green Transport” – a high-level meeting on transport and climate change on 22 September in New York, the day before the Climate Summit announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The event will be supported by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and the Canadian rail operator Via Rail.

The audience of this event, which represents a crucial step towards unlocking the potential of sustainable transport, will mainly be composed of heads of railway companies worldwide, representatives of international organisations (OECD, development banks), media and the world of diplomacy.

High-level speakers will participate in this important event and give their vision of potential development within the railways in the future and the role they can play regarding climate change. During the morning session participants will take a closer look at the role that railways can play in the realisation of sustainable transport and addressing climate change. Over the last years the transport sector has taken substantive action to address climate change in the context of sustainable development.

The afternoon part of the event will take broader look at the need to develop low carbon sustainable transport systems, the mitigation potential of the transport sector and a roadmap for future action. The conclusions of the event will support discussions at the UN Secretary’s General’s Climate Summit (www.un.org/climatechange/summit2014) to be held on the following day.

About this event, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux says:

All the work carried out over these past few years by UIC, in conjunction with its members and partners, has succeeded in showing the great relevance and environmental value of the railways in modern society. Since promoting the train at COP 15 in Copenhagen, the signing of the declaration by our key members in Kyoto, publishing works with the International Energy Agency of the OECD which refer to the success of the Europe Train project, involvement in Rio+20, and the unprecedented recognition of the railways, from preparing COP 21 in Paris to holding a symbolic event in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, all this work among other day-to-day actions strengthen rail’s and UIC’s credibility to promote and apply sustainable development on a global scale.”

More information on this high-level meeting will be published in a forthcoming issue of UIC eNews.

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UIC Director General attends several meetings on Sustainable Transport in New York

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In the framework of the preparation of the COP21 events and meetings in Paris this December, a number of high-level meetings were held in New York 28 and 29 June.

UIC and its Director General were invited to participate in these discussions in order to follow up the action plan of the Lima-Paris agenda and to see how these transport issues could be better addressed and better incorporated in the global agenda of the COP21 discussions.

Furthermore, a high-level event on climate change was held at the United Nations building, with declarations from the United Nations Secretary-General and a number of keynote speakers, including ministers such as Mr Laurent Fabius from France, Mr Manuel Pulgar Vidal from Peru, representatives from the UNFCC (United Nations Framework on Climate Change) and from UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

Several panels were organised under the auspices of ECOSOC to focus on the various aspects of sustainable development and how science can play a key role in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

UIC actively participated in the panels and discussions on these issues.

The declaration of the railway operating community as well as the programme of COP21 were considered to be valuable messages for the overall contribution to the two-degree scenario and the hoped-for success of the discussions in December.

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UIC Director General invited to represent the railway sector at the United Nations Climate Summit 2016

Following on from the COP21 landmark legal agreement concerning climate change, the world’s attention has now turned to realisation of the ambitious commitment to limit the global temperature rise to “well below 2 degrees Celsius”. Whilst it is recognised that this feat will require economy-wide global and national transformations – transport has a major role to play – and rail transport as the most emissions efficient major mode of land transportation can provide a key part of the solution.

The Climate Action 2016 multi-stakeholder summit will take place two weeks after the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, and eight months after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by all the governments of the world. In this context, the summit will serve to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to climate implementation. In particular, it will deepen and expand the action coalitions of government, business, finance, philanthropy, civil society and academic leaders launched at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 in New York, and since then developed through the Lima to Paris Action Agenda.

Climate Action 2016 will seek to make this broad-scale organisation of climate action both more effective and sustainable, and provide a launching pad for climate implementation in the pre-2020 period. UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux has been invited to make two interventions, at the pre-summit stakeholders workday regarding the global vision for sustainable mobility, and then at the main summit to discuss the role of international institutions.

Over the course of two days, the summit will drive high-level engagement with global luminaries addressing plenary sessions on how to deliver on climate commitments and embed the transformation agenda across the globe in government, key sectors and among the general population. At the same time, the summit will focus on convening working groups for sessions on near-term implementation actions and long-term implementation needs. These will focus on City and Sub-national implementation; Transport; Land-use; Energy; Resilience/Adaptation; and Analysis and Tools to Support Decision Making.

Effective climate implementation will require collaboration from a variety of actors. The Climate Action 2016 summit will engage approximately 700 participants, by invitation, representing leaders from government, business, finance, academia, philanthropy and civil society. Seven organisations have come together to jointly co-host the summit, providing this diverse group with the information, connections and tools they need to lead effective implementation in a new climate regime. The co-hosts are:

  • H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Dr Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Founding Partner, Compact of Mayors
  • Dr Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility
  • Dr Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Mr Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council on Sustainable Development
  • Mr Nigel Topping, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business
  • Dr Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland

For further information on the Climate Summit please visit www.climateaction2016.org

Or contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit: craven at uic.org

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UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux highlights actions taken by the rail sector to reduce noise at the DG ENV high-level event Noise in Europe

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was invited by DG ENV to speak at the high-level Noise in Europe conference at the Charlemagne building in Brussels on 24 April 2017.

Recent evidence indicates that one in four EU citizens are affected by environmental noise resulting in almost 16,000 premature deaths per year. To address this, the European Commission is currently evaluating existing regulation and developing new policy proposals concerning transport noise. In support of these processes, DG ENV organised a high-level to seek perspectives from a range of stakeholders.

Key note introductions were given by Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport and Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. These were followed by opening speeches by Daniel Calleja, Director General, European Commission – DG Environment, Elizabet Paunovic, Head of WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency (EEA), John Ryan, Director, European Commission – DG Health and Food Safety.

In his address to the session on Strategy for effective noise control, Mr Loubinoux highlighted initiatives and actions and investments by the rail sector to develop noise solutions including the STAIRRS (www.stairrs.org ) project and EuropeTrain (http://europetrain.uic.org) projects. Regarding funding, Mr loubinoux commented:

It is no co-incidence that where strong financial support has been proved, action to reduce noise from wagons has been swift – the clearest examples of this are government funding in Switzerland and Germany. It is clear that with greater levels of funding we would see faster progress across Europe. There are a number of examples from other sectors, including both inland shipping and roads where scrappage incentives have been successfully used. We believe something similar to this would be both welcome and effective.

The UIC noise expert network continues to manage a number of technical development projects to support cost effective noise management and works closely with the CER (Community of European Railways) to promote well informed policy.

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

craven at uic.org

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UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux participates in the United Nations Climate Change negotiations COP21

For the first time in the United Nations series of Climate Change COP negotiations, transport was included as a part of the official programme. The transport focus session was one of seven from the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), designed to bring state and non-state actors together on the global stage with the aim of accelerating cooperative climate action now and into the future. All major modes of transport were included in the discussions.

The session was moderated by Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD, and opening with an address by Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France. Other speakers included

  • Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission
  • Alain Vidalies, Minister for Transport, France
  • Mahmoud ben Romdhane, Minister of Transport, Tunisia
  • Hanne BjurstrØm, Minister, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Norway
  • Cristian Bowen Garfias, Undersecretary of Transportation, Chile
  • José Viegas, Secretary General, International Transport Forum
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chair, Global Environment Facility
  • Mohamed Najib Boulif, Deputy Minister for Equipment, Transport and Logistics, Morocco

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre was invited to join a panel on stage to present the rail sectors action to provide solutions to climate change, including the UIC low carbon rail transport challenge, the UIC railway climate responsibility pledge and the Train to Paris project. These actions set out rail sector targets at the global level, to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and achieve a more sustainable balance between transport modes.

Mr Loubinoux stated “to make a real impact we must reduce total transport emissions. This means achieving a more sustainable balance between transport modes. Rail transport is the most emissions efficient major mode of land transport. Already today, the electrified rail system uses significant quantities of renewable energy”.

European Commissioner for Transport Viloeta Bulc identified four pillars for transport action, improving efficiency, use of low carbon & renewable energy for transport, better organisation of transport (internalisation of external costs) & common engagement for behaviour change. These are notable because they align closely with the three targets included in the UIC low carbon rail transport challenge.

For more information on the UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge please see http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/transport/low-carbon-sustainable-rail-transport-challenge/
For more information on UIC advocacy in association with COP21 please see http://www.traintoparis.org/ & @traincop21
The COP21 conference will conclude on Friday 11 December http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/learn/what-is-cop21/

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

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UIC Director General participates in Global Sustainable Transport Conference organised by the United Nations from 26 – 27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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The Global Sustainable Transport Conference took place for the first time ever in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan from 26 – 27 November 2016.

UIC was represented by Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, and Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit.

This event was the occasion to reinforce the role of the High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport and discuss the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. More than a thousand key stakeholders attended the event including three Heads of State, one Head of Government, six Deputy Prime Ministers, two Foreign Ministers, 42 Ministers and Vice-Ministers of transport and infrastructure. Some 200 business and civil society representatives, along with representatives of over 20 intergovernmental organisations and the UN entities participated in the event.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon launched the event and acknowledged that the high level group had highlighted best practices in its report. He stressed that “we need to stop business as usual”, that “without action on transport we will not be able to limit global warming”. He also recognised that “it takes investment to see results; it takes mobilising funds from a variety of sources”. He emphasised that it was time for action – in the follow up of COP23, described as the COP for action.

UIC actively participated in the following events:

Mr Loubinoux spoke about railways and SMART grids during the transport energy and transport session. You can watch this discussion following this link:

http://webtv.un.org/watch/thematic-discussion-6-energy-and-transport-global-sustainable-transport-conference-ashgabat-2016/5225785947001#full-text

Mr Loubinoux said “We should not consider climate solutions in isolation, we must also think of the broader sustainable development agenda including employment, air quality, congestion, land use, urban planning – there is a lot of synergy between solutions to these issues.”

Mr Craven moderated the business summit session on transit corridors.
UIC co-organised the first ever side event of this first global conference on sustainable transport with UITP. The topic was rail and public transport delivering the sustainable development goals. The event was particularly attended by railway CEOs.

UIC contributed to the workshop on sustainable transport indicators organised by the World Bank and hosted by the Ministry of Roads from Turkmenistan.

Regarding the railway sector in the region, UIC applauded the final rails that have been laid for the first phase of the Asian International Railroad Track. On 30 October 2016 Turkmenistan installed the finishing rail tracks at Akina Station at the terminal point of the Turkmen-Afghan railway.

The conference concluded on Sunday and 50 countries endorsed the “Ashgabat Statement on Commitments and Policy Recommendations”.

All national governments delivered statements on sustainable transport. Together these statements made a compelling case for sustainable transport to be considered as a priority by the incoming secretary general of the United Nations António Guterres.

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

craven at uic.org

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UIC engagement with the Global Compact and developing corporate sustainability

As a part of developing rail sector corporate sustainability and ongoing membership of the UN Global Compact, UIC is committed to regular communication on engagement.

In a letter to the Global Compact, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stated;

“It is with pleasure that I see the understanding and recognition of sustainability growing every year. The Global Compact can rightly claim to be one of the main driving forces behind this success. It is an honour to reaffirm my commitment to continue our fruitful collaboration.
The Global Compact 10 principles set out by the international standard for human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. As a global association working with 250 members in 100 countries on five contents we are commitment to working with our members to translate these principles to the local context.

UIC considers our engagement with the Global Compact alongside our support for realising the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change COP21 Paris Accord as essential to fulfilling our mission; to meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development, facilitate international cooperation and the sharing of best practice.

I look forward to future cooperation and the opportunity to both contribute to and learn from the global discourse on creating a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.”

UIC has taken a number of practical actions both in support of the Global Compact principles, and to engage with the initiative, these include:

Workshops and training
UIC organising a programme of workshops and training for our members on the UN Global Compact and specific topics relevant to corporate sustainability. Examples of this include regular meetings of the UIC Sustainable Mobility Expert Network and workshops organised by this network. These meetings include processionals working in the field of corporate and social responsibility from member railways. In addition UIC provides the secretariat to the European Rail Procurement Conference Sustainability Working Group, to promote the exchange of experience and development of best practice on sustainable procurement.

Engaging members in collective action
UIC engages members in collective action to support the both the UN Climate Change COP events and also the Sustainable Development Goals (eg Goal 13). Notable examples include the mobilization by our members to take delegates and decision makers to COP16 Copenhagen and COP21 Paris on dedicated trains to highlight the role of sustainable transport as a part of the solution to climate change (see www.traintocopenhagen.org, www.traintoparis.org).

Further to this UIC engaged the global railway community using the UIC Climate Responsibility Pledge, collecting signatures from CEOs of 66 railways, together representing the majority of the world’s rail activity. The pledge includes four actions to mitigate climate change (see http://traintoparis.org/IMG/pdf/railway_climate_responsibility_pledge.pdf).

Sector-specific tools and resources
UIC has developed sector-specific tools and resources on corporate sustainability issues. These include an online data base for collecting and benchmarking members’ environmental performance and also a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting guideline. The GRI guideline was developed in consultation with our members through two workshops held in 2015.

Provision of expertise at UN Global Compact working groups
UIC has provided expertise and the perspective from our members to a number of UN Global Compact working groups and special initiatives. These include:

• Business Association Forum on Sustainable Development, 24 June 2015, New York
• Strategic Brainstorming Session on the Global Partnership on Sustainable Transport, February 24-25 2015, New York
• UN Global Compact Consultative Meeting with Industry and Trade Associations, 9 September 2014, New York

Measurement of outcomes
To measure the outcomes of the UIC Climate Responsibility Pledge UIC manages an online data base to collect environmental performance and allow members to benchmark their performance

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

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UIC Handbook provides an update on UIC Reporting Guidelines according to the new G4 Standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The new “GRI G4 Indicators Handbook, Guidelines for Railway Companies” reviews and adapts the UIC Reporting Guidelines, which are included in the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility and Transport launched in March 2011.

This Reporting Guidelines enable UIC members to define their key focus areas and priority issues in accordance with their individual sustainability strategies, action plans, main material issues and most relevant stakeholders. In addition, the UIC Reporting Guidelines support all the 18 statements included in the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility and Transport on rail’s contribution to sustainable mobility and transport, targeting society, customers and the rail sector itself. This Guideline was a result of the UIC Sustainability indicators project in the framework of the UIC Environment, Energy and Sustainability (EES) Platform and supported by signatures of more than 50 UIC member companies.

This Handbook is the final output result of the project developed by UIC and Glenn Frommer (ESG Matters Ltd) has been commissioned to update the aforementioned UIC Reporting Guidelines with reference to the GRI G4 Standard issued in May 2013.

The project included a one-day kick-off workshop held at UIC in April 2015, presenting an overview of the G4 Standard, an understanding of the G4 was detailed regarding report generation, materiality, stakeholder engagement and disclosure of management approach (DMA) with the complementary indicators. In this workshop a gap assessment was complimented by smaller group discussions at the workshop focusing on the wider needs of members regarding non-financial reporting and its use.

A second workshop was held in October 2015 to detail the contents of the Handbook and the additional items required by UIC members.

During the whole process, 10 UIC member companies (FS, NSB, SNCB, Infrabel, NS, FTA, SBB, OBB, Trafikverket and SJ) have participated in the workshops and the production of the Handbook providing existing previous reports for benchmarking of material aspects, exchanging the main demands of rail stakeholders, including comments to adapt the Handbook to the requirements of rail companies.

The final Handbook presents a set of guidelines and recommendations according to GRI G4 content and adapted for railway companies, containing the report preparation, the report content and quality, the aspects related to the specific standard disclosures, the supply chain impacts, the strategy and analysis approach, and their subsequent review according to the GRI G4 standard.

The Handbook customises the GRI G4 standard to the specific conditions of the rail sector and provides sustainability managers a tool to implement the new reporting process under the latest and most recognised sustainability reporting methodology.

This adaptation to the concepts in accordance with the GRI G4 standard includes a special focus on materiality, stakeholder involvement and embedded supply chain impacts. In addition, according to the harmonised view of GRI G4 with other standards, the Handbook includes the relation between the rail sector reporting indicators and other international sets of indicators such as the EU Reporting Directive, the UN Global Compact, the ISO 26000:2010 Standard on Social Responsibility, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The report is available at this link: http://www.uic.org/indicators-voluntary-guideline-for-company-reporting

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

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UIC holds Workshop on Standards and Guidelines for Energy Efficiency

On 8 June 2015, the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Experts Network of UIC organised a Workshop on the Implementation of the TecRec 100_001 analysing the best practices, experiences and challenges for the assessment of the energy consumption of new rolling stock during the procurement process.

The workshop was moderated and supported by Roland Nolte, Managing Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin, who participated in relevant rail and UIC related projects, such as EVENT, ARISCC and RailEnergy.

The Technical Recommendation 100_001 “Specification and verification of energy consumption for railway rolling stock” produced by UIC and UNIFE as an output of the RailEnergy Project is a voluntary standard for companies in the rail sector. The general purpose of this TecRec is to provide the framework to generate comparable energy performance values for trains and locomotives on a common basis and thereby support benchmarking and improvement of the energy efficiency of rail vehicles.

On Monday 8 June, more than 10 UIC member companies attended the workshop which took place at UIC Headquarters in Paris. The workshop presented an overview of the TecRec 100_001 and the existing application experiences as a basis for discussing the challenges for a further understanding and deployment of this standard in the rolling stock procurement process.

The participants discussed the challenges for rail companies in using the standard and the long-term advantages for the evaluation of rolling stock and reduction of energy consumption. The case studies from SBB and OBB were analysed in order to identify main procedures, indicators and requirements for the energy evaluation of new rolling stock.

Participants in the workshop exchanged opinions regarding the future worldwide and regional future trends on the topic, including the existing practices in other countries such as Japan. Another topic covered was the actual process of transforming the TecRec/Technical Specification in to the European standard EN 50591. The process has just started and will be continued over the next two years. Railway operators should participate with their energy experts in order to shape and improve the European standard.

As a final output of the workshop, IZT will produce some guidelines for the implementation of the TecRec 100_001 regarding the main requirements of rail companies.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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UIC in Vatican City, 10 – 11 September 2015

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, attended the international meeting: Environmental Justice and Climate Change organised by the Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (Sustainable Development Foundation).

Taking place in Vatican City, this event brought together hundreds of participants and an impressive panel of speakers on 10 and 11 September.

10 September

http://www.versoparigi2015.it/en/the-program: “Challenging the climate crisis and fostering environmental justice: an environmentally friendly, more equitable and inclusive development and well-being.”
With the presence of the Environment Minister of Italy.

11 September

Panel session with among others Nicolas Hulot, representing the French government as well as international institutions such as UNEP, represented by Achim Steiner and with which UIC is working closely in the frame of the “Train to Paris” Campaign.

Around 11am, a selected number of participants walked to the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace for an audience with the Holy Father Pope Francis dedicated to the climate crisis. Pope Francis is pursuing his commitment to protecting the environment, after publishing his encyclical on 18 June 2015 and the creation of the prayer day for nature on the 1 September every year.

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UIC organised the second workshop on the new G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies in Paris on 27 October 2015

On 27 October 2015, UIC organised a workshop on the implementation of the new G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies, moderated and supported by Glenn Frommer.

Glenn Frommer is Head of Corporate Sustainability for a major public transport organisation and for over 20 years he has pioneered and implemented the organisational policies, strategies and programmes for environment, sustainability and CSR. He is a 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. The emphasis on what is material encourages organisations to provide only information that is critical to their business and stakeholders. This means organisations and report users can concentrate on the sustainability impacts that matter, resulting in reports that are more strategic, more focused, more credible, and easier for stakeholders to navigate.

On 23 April, an initial workshop presented an overview of the G4 and the Gap Assessment as a basis for discussion and building consensus on a common approach to identifying key challenges for the rail sector. After this first workshop a draft handbook was produced and exchanged with the members facing the final workshop held on 27 October.

The main points discussed during the final workshop were how to address the materiality indicators for reporting, how to identify and to engage stakeholders in the reporting process. Participants agreed on the requirement of guidelines to implement the new GRIG4 and exchanged opinions regarding the future worldwide and regional trends on the topic, and how legal frames, stakeholders and large corporations are increasing their demands on the quality and standardisation of sustainability reporting.

In terms of the final output of the workshop, UIC will produce a final handbook on the main points to be improved and guidelines to implement the GRIG4 Standard.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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UIC participated in the Climate Action Summit in Washington

As part of the agreements concluded in Paris during the COP21 Conference, the United Nations – in partnership with the World Bank – organised a Climate Summit in Washington, aiming to formalise these agreements, to measure company actions and to implement them.

To this end, UIC and its Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux were invited to take part in several round tables where Mr Loubinoux had the opportunity to reiterate the commitment of the railway sector above and beyond the efforts undertaken to move forward in the area of decarbonisation, energy reduction and modal shift.

All this is part of a long-term policy which aims to optimise complementarity with other modes of transport, which was also presented in Washington. A televised interview was also used to widely disseminate the messages of UIC. The latter was very well received both by the bodies responsible for organising COP22 – where UIC will also be present – as well as the new partners of the World Bank.

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

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UIC participated in the Climate Train initiative (France, 5 – 23 October 2015)

This month UIC was on board the Climate Train, a travelling exhibit train launched by Trains Expo Evénements SNCF – the events subsidiary of SNCF – to raise awareness about the issues of climate change in the lead up to the United Nations COP21 event later this year in Paris. Endorsed by the COP21 Intergovernmental Committee, the Climate Train is a national event as part of France’s Science Week, taking place from 7 – 11 October 2015. Three coaches were dedicated to partner companies or organisations, including the International Union of Railways UIC.

The official inauguration was held at Paris Gare de Lyon railway station on 6 October, in the presence of Mrs Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Research Thierry Mandon.

The train, with on board the scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), travelled to 18 destinations and 13 regions across France to raise awareness about climate change among the general public.

This train was composed of three coaches dealing with climate issues and impacts on our way of life; one coach was specifically dedicated to conferences – UIC presented in the town of Libourne (near Bordeaux) its actions in favour of the climate issue – to educate citizens on sustainable development issues and their own role in the upcoming event. The train, as a clean public mode of transport, corresponds exactly to the focused message: “A train such as this is the equivalent of taking 48 articulated lorries off the road. It is a tonne of CO2 emissions less for every 1000 km (…) SNCF has reduced its CO2 emissions by 40% over the last 10 years per passenger km, reiterated Jacques Rapoport, member of SNCF’s management board and chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau.

On 10 October UIC attended the welcome event of the Climate Train in Lyon railway station. Several speeches were given by representatives from the railway and business sectors including SNCF (Laurence Eymieu, Regional Director SNCF Rhône-Alpes), University of Lyon, Météo-France meteorological service, AXA insurance company, Armonia Group …

Among the points mentioned, emphasis was placed sharing knowledge and best practice from the results of the research on climate change in order to help other companies and sectors. Laurence Eymieu from SNCF spoke about rail as one of the most energy efficient transport modes. Even though rail transport is responsible for 9% of global transport activity, it generates just 3% of transport greenhouse gas emissions. She said another aim was to raise awareness about climate change among the younger generation by targeting education in schools.

During the day on 10 October the Climate Train welcomed school groups and the general public of Lyon. The activities on board included a series of talks held in one of the coaches, explanations given by a team of scientists and researchers on the climate change exhibition inside the train, as well as a number of stands both inside and in front of the train showcasing the initiatives of various companies from the railway sector and the industry.

UIC had the opportunity to inform different audiences about its activities, its role in the Train to Paris campaign and its commitment to climate change and sustainable transport systems at global level.

UIC continued to take part in the Climate Train initiative, notably in the towns of Libourne (near Bordeaux) and Nantes.

In one month’s time, UIC will coordinate at the global level its campaign “Train to Paris” on behalf of its 240 Members.

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UIC participated in the United Nations High-Level Action Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda, 23 March 2017

UIC advocate for pre-2020 action to support rail as the backbone of sustainable transport and a part of the answer to climate change at the United Nations High-Level Action Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda, 23 March 2017.

UIC were invited to participate at a High-Level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Opening addresses were given by the President of the UN General Assembly H.E Peter Thompson, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa. The event was extended by half a day to accommodate supporting statements from national governments.

UIC were represented by Nick Craven, Manager of the Sustainable Development Unit, who participated in a workshop on pre 2020 action on climate and the sustainable development goals. 2020 will be a particularly critical year for a range of reasons, these include numerous scientific studies that have identified 2020 as an important threshold for emission reductions. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda includes a number of targets to be achieved by 2020, many national governments have chosen 2020 to benchmark their emissions and the UN climate process will require the resubmission of national plans for reduction of emissions and adaptation. In this context UIC highlighted the need for greater investment and action to support rail transport as the backbone of sustainable transport.

Discussions focused on how to build momentum and confidence with both the general public and political leaders to realise a more sustainable economic model. 2018 is considered to be a ‘trigger year’ as this will see important conclusions to the UN Paris agreement ‘rule book’ and stocktaking processes. The sustainable development community is to work towards a political momentum in 2020 which can be used to catalyse a shift towards sustainable policy and investment decisions. Rail is widely recognised as the backbone of sustainable transport and therefore an enabler of sustainable development. As such the rail sector can play an important supporting role in the transition to a more sustainable economic model and also gain from favourable policy and greater investment.

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

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UIC participates in COP22 in Marakech

COP22 ended on 18 November with the Marrakech Climate Declaration. All participants and negotiators acknowledged the execution of the Paris Agreement that came into effect on 4 November.

As mentioned last week, UIC contributed to many different events during COP22.

The first contribution from UIC experts was on 9 November 2016 during the side event: “Transport Adaptation to climate change in Africa”. John Dora, a Consultant often working with UIC, took part in this event.

Due to a strong focus on the discussions about transport and climate change on the mitigation aspects, the important adaptation of transport systems and services has been neglected. There is a critical need for surface transport systems and services to be more resilient to climate change in particular in vulnerable regions.

The impacts of climate change are different depending on the regions, and each country, area and modes have different capacities to respond.

This event was the occasion to launch the “COP22 Transport Adaptation Declaration” signed by many organisations during COP22, including UIC.

This declaration was eventually presented to the High Level Champions and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Espinosa on 17 November.

On 11 November, UITP and UIC organised the event “Linking Global Initiatives to Concrete Actions on the Ground for Low Carbon Rail and Public Transport” in the green zone, Innovation & Civil Society during the Ocean, Transport, Energy Day.
Carbon emissions from transport continue to rise year on year. In order to accelerate mitigation in this area, both UIC and UITP have launched initiatives as a part of the Global Climate Action Agenda. This event introduced global targets for urban transport and railway transport together with examples of concrete actions taken by operators.

Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit at UIC moderated this session with speakers including: Alain Flausch, Secretary General, UITP, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC, Mohammed Adouiri Alaoui, Advisor to the General Director, ONCF, Morocco, Member of UIC African Region, Christian Dubost, Sustainability Director, SNCF, France, Amadou Ba, President of Urban Transport of Dakar (Cetud) UITP Sustainable Development Commission, Senegal, Youssef Draiss, Director General of Casablanca Transport, Morocco and Rafika Habra, Director General Bus City, Morocco.

This event gave a great overview of activities and practical examples and focused particularly on the African region and Morocco.

On that same day a ITF, UITP and UIC event “Charting Pathways to Decarbonise Transport” took place in the blue zone.

In order to successfully decarbonise the transport sector, challenges in all transport modes must be addressed. This event focused on developing new pathways and closing the gaps between national commitments and delivery on climate mitigation for different transport modes, such as rail, road, aviation, and shipping. Success factors and actions required to move from concept to implementation on the decarbonisation of transport by 2050 were discussed.

The event was moderated by Mary Crass, Head of Institutional Relations, International Transport Forum (ITF).

Speakers included: José Viegas, Secretary General, International Transport Forum (ITF), Alain Flausch, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, International Union of Railways (UIC), Jane Hupe, Deputy Director, Air Transport Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Edmund Hughes, Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Chairman, UIC African Region & CEO, Moroccan Railway ONCF, Amadou Ba, President, Executive Council of Urban Transport in Dakar (CETUD).

The conference is online on YouTube and still available:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2GPyg_b_YE&list=PL-m2oy1bnLzocWRks4MGBmGKdcf8Nxuns&index=177

In the afternoon, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, and Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Chairman of the UIC African Region & CEO of ONCF, participated in the Transport CEO Round Table on Climate Change organised by PPMC in the blue zone.

“The primary objective of the Transport CEO Round Table was to determine how the private sector and the GCAA Transport team can best engage in the further development of the proposed PPMC – Global Roadmap‖ as an actionable vision of transport decarbonisation to implement the Paris Agreement. The round table was chaired by Jean Dominique Senard, CEO of Michelin, and was attended by numerous participants representing national & international transport companies, private sector organizations (e.g. WBCSD, WEF, We Mean Business, CDP,UNGC) and modal transport sub-sectors (e.g. ECF, UIC, UITP).” Source: Transport takes off at COP22 – Day Five – 11 November 2016 – Daily Report PPMC

On 12 November in the morning, a debate was organised in the Climate Train in Marrakech train station – organized by SNCF and ONCF unde the title “Major railway projects at the service of climate and sustainable development” . The event was moderated by Gabriel Castañares, Senior Advisor Energy & CO2 at UIC.

Many different speakers discussed climate change and its concerns and how rail can be a solution, particularly displaying ONCF commitments in Morocco, for a more sustainable future. Speakers included: Mohammed Adouiri, Advisor to the General Director and in charge of COP22 projects for ONCF, Alain Quinet, Deputy General Director for SNCF Réseau, Mohammed Smouni, Director of Development at ONCF, Anne Guerrero, SNCF Réseau – Deputy Director of Environment and Sustainability, Michel DUBROMEL, France Nature Environment non-profit organisation. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC concluded the event along with Mr Stéphane Volant, Secretary General of SNCF. The event concluded with the signature of a partnership for sustainable development between SNCF and ONCF.

A Transport Showcase was held in the blue zone on the afternoon of the 12 November – it was mandated by the COP 22 Champion - in the context of the Global Climate Action Agenda . Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, contributed to the discussions on adaptation and emphasised as well as other actors from the air, the road and the maritime but as well from organisations promoting cycling, that COP22 should encourage working together, that mutualisation is crucial even in a context where sense of ownership and competition in our society are so strong: “The CEO of the International Union of Railways echoed this call for integration, noting that ‘new key word is collaboration, not competition,’ and stating that transport must harness the ‘young minds’ of universities, youth groups, and start-up industry, to bring new energy to older and larger organizations.” Source: Transport: Thinking, Dreaming, and Acting Big - Days Six and Seven – 12-13 November 2016 – Daily Report PPMC

We will also note that UIC attended a green zone side event organised by SNCF “Financements Climat et Mobilité Durable” (Climate Financing and Sustainable Mobility) Moderated by Kelly Robin, IPEMED and Antoine Rothey, SNCF in the presence of speakers from ONCF, PPMC/SLOCAT, UITP, ARED, I4CE, AFD, CODATU, Dakar municipality and the Abidjan Region.

On 13 November the Transport Day was organised by SLOCAT. The event brought together many different types of organisations representing all modes of transport.
UIC contributed actively to the transport adaptation and resilience breakout session, moderated by Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit at UIC.

“Following the likely impact of the United States elections may have on emission, the transport adaptation and resilience session made clear that adaptation is now even more important than ever, and therefore must build a community distinct from the mitigation community. Speakers noted that a Global Transport Adaptation Leadership Forum would be useful in providing adaptation with its own space and leadership. Governments must also become better at managing risk, economic factors are not an excuse, as initial costs are far outweighed by the economic costs associated with post disaster loss and damaged when risk has been mismanaged.” Source: Transport: Thinking, Dreaming, and Acting Big - Days Six and Seven – 12-13 November 2016 – Daily Report PPMC

It was announced that COP23 will be organized next year in Bonn, Germany under Fiji’s Presidency.

Until then, UIC continues its commitments with the United Nations, participating later this week in the Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – 26-27 November 2016.

An overview of UIC’s participation to this event will be given later next week but if you want to know more, please have a look at the dedicated website:

http://globaltransportconference.gov.tm/index.php?q=pages&id=1

UIC wishes to thanks the co-organisers of these events during COP22, in particular ONCF, SNCF, UITP, ITF and SLOCAT.

An interview of Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, UIC Director General, on
“Sustainable development – what has happened since the COP21 conference? What are the next challenges?” is available here: https://youtu.be/xMkYD8xq27Q

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

craven at uic.org

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

philippe at uic.org

You can have a look back at UIC presence during COP by consulting our Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/SustRail

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UIC participates in Energy Forum in Vienna, 18 – 20 June 2015

As part of the Energy Forum held in Vienna from 18 – 20 June, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was invited to participate in a high-level panel on transport. He was thus able to reiterate the commitments made through UIC by the international railway community to reduce the consumption of energy and carbon emissions by 2050.

He emphasised that thanks to electrification and the more systematic search for clean energy sources, railways were an important vector in reducing the level of carbon emissions.

Mr Loubinoux highlighted that if the transport sector represented around 25% of emissions at global level, railway transport only represents 1%, and despite this, continues to make numerous efforts to improve its carbon footprint. He stressed that this panel was representative of a new approach to modal complementarity, so that each mode can offer society the best of what it has, both for the customer and for all aspects of energy.

Finally, Mr Loubinoux spoke about UIC’s role in the preparations for the COP21 event to be held in Paris to show rail’s desire – in conjunction with other modes – to make further progress in the area.

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UIC participates in Strategic Brainstorming Session on Global Partnership on Sustainable Transport

The Global Partnership on Sustainable Transport (GPST) is a multi-stakeholder collaboration organised by the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the road transport organization representing bus, coach, taxi and truck operators, and the UN Global Compact. On 24 –25 February, the GPST convened a group of senior executives from relevant organisations to brainstorm on strategies for advancing the sustainable transport-related objectives of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. UIC was invited to participate and was represented by a local UIC member Karen Gelman of Amtrak. Other participants included the private sector and NGO representatives from road, aviation, maritime, logistics and shipping, construction and business associations.

The impetus for the GPST came from the Rio+20 Outcome document “The Future We Want” (2012) and the 17 sustainability development goals (SDGs) proposed by the Open Working Group in July 2014 (to be adopted September 2015). Both efforts recognised the critical role transport plays in sustainable development. Although sustainable transport is not a stand-alone goal of the Post-2015 Development process, the international community recognises that it is at the heart of development challenges of gender empowerment, food security and nutrition, urbanisation, job creation, climate change and energy use.

The GPST hopes to become a key platform for industries across modes to address sustainable transport priorities. It will be launched after the United Nations General Assembly formally adopts the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September. It will facilitate information exchange among partners, as well as other interested parties; document best practices of public/private sustainable transport solutions; advocate policies aimed at advancing sustainable transport; and facilitate (inter)national cooperation between stakeholders at their request. The GPST will make its information and reports available to the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, the 12-member group of government, civil society and transport providers appointed in August 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to promote sustainable transport systems and their integration into development strategies and policies. (UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was appointed to the High-Level Advisory Group by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014).

Participants in the GPST strategy session heard from Igor Runov, Under-Secretary-General of the Permanent Delegation to the UN, International Road Transport Union, Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, and Nikhil Seth, Director, Sustainable Development Division, UN-DESA on the need for multi-modal collaborations on the issues of sustainability, and the importance the UN has placed on the private sector being an active partner in the global solution.

After a day and a half of brainstorming, the group agreed on two main deliverables for the GPST over the next several months: 1) identify the goals and targets of the SDGs that are translatable to the transport industry in the form of achievable and actionable initiatives; and 2) gather from members of the strategy session, and other GPST stakeholders, specific examples of best practices of sustainable transport initiatives that specifically demonstrate different transport modes and sectors working together. The intent is to work through the High-Level Advisory Group and to have these deliverables by September 2015, when the Open Working Group adopts the final SDGs for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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

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UIC participates in the “Assises de la mobilité” Sustainability Conference

Moroccan Railways (ONCF) successfully organised the “Assises de la mobilité durable” – under The Patronage of His Majesty king Mohammed VI on 3 November 2016 in Casablanca, Morocco

The first conference on sustainable mobility – “Assises de la mobilité durable” – organised by Moroccan Railways (ONCF), was successfully held in Casablanca, Morocco, on 3 November 2016. The main theme was “Climate challenges: what transport systems for tomorrow?” The goal of the conference was to bring policy makers, media and international experts to share best practices and solutions to meet the growing demand for mobility.

The conference, which gave participants the opportunity to discuss in-depth issues of sustainable mobility, its challenges and to focus the necessary attention on the required efforts for adapted and resilient transport, was opened by national political figures including Mr. Boussaid, Minister of Finance and temporary Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics.

H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite, Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco and COP22 Host, also took part in the introduction and stressed that COP22 will be “a COP for action”. The conference’s goal was to develop a “manifesto” to be submitted to the COP22 negotiators to facilitate the eligibility of low carbon mobility projects planned in the context of the Climate Fund in 2020.

Mr. Mohamed Khlie, President of the UIC African Region and CEO of Moroccan Railways (ONCF) took the floor and announced the completion of a contract that will enable ONCF trains to be powered up to 50% by wind power starting in 2017.

Various panels presented sustainable mobility and its challenges: its evolution, how to reconcile mobility, environment and fight against climate change. The technological evolutions serving sustainable mobility and financing for low carbon mobility were also part of the discussions.

Mr. Willy Bontinck from SNCB and Chair of UIC Environment Energy and Sustainability (EES) Platform participated with Mr. Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor for energy and CO2 emissions from UIC, in the panel on sustainable mobility presenting their vision and UIC actions for a more sustainable future.
Digitalisation and innovation were crucial aspects pointed out by speakers to transform and adapt transport for the future generations. Challenges around investment, accessibility, especially in developing countries like the African continent were also addressed.

Mr. Said Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communications at ONCF, presented the declaration on Sustainable Mobility – finalised during the event – that will be handed over to the COP22 negotiators. Its title: “Making Sustainable Mobility a new field for climate finance”. Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, Mr. Brice Lalonde, President of Business & Climate summit and former French Minister, Mrs Mfoumou Ondo, Minister of Transport and Logistics in Gabon and Mr. Mohamed Khlie concluded the event. Mr. Loubinoux and Mr. Khlie strongly emphasised that railways are committed to a more sustainable future and have not waited for COP to take action. “Rail is part of the modal complementarity and is a solution and a virtuous investment” added Mr. Loubinoux.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski: wisniewski at uic.org

Marie-Luz Philippe: philippe at uic.org

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UIC participates in the Inland Transport Committee at UNECE (Geneva, 23 February 2016)

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From left to right: Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Mr François Davenne, Secretary General of OTIF and Mrs Eva Molnar, Director of the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

As one of the principal contributors to the report on mobility and sustainable transport published by the United Nations (UNECE), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC was invited to open the UNECE 78th Annual Session of the Inland Transport Committee. The conference, held for three days in Geneva (23 – 26 February 2016), will present the various pillars and guidelines of this document.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, on behalf of UIC, had the opportunity to congratulate UNECE on this major contribution and highlighted the added-value that railways can play as part of the backbone of a new transport mix to serve both passenger and freight transport.

He reiterated the commitments of the railway community through UIC in terms of energy savings and decarbonisation. He also highlighted the importance of modal complementarity and managing interfaces between inter-modal and intra-modal transport.

To consult Mr Loubinoux’s speech at this conference please click on the image below.

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UIC present at the North American 2010 Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC)

Over 400 railway experts were gathered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, in the United States of America last week for the 2010 Railroad Environmental Conference. The conference is the largest annual gathering of the North American railroad environmental community, and includes representation from the railroad industry and of the railroads companies, including freight, short line, passenger, commuter, rail transit, as well as consulting engineers, environmental control equipment suppliers, regulators, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics, from both the US and Canada.

The main topics of the conference were pollution prevention; energy, emissions and air quality; noise and vibration; environmental management systems; compliance; risk and liability management; remediation; and training. UIC was represented by Lisette Mortensen, UIC Senior Adviser Environment, who was invited to give a presentation on Noise challenges facing Europe in the occasion that the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) has recently joint the UIC Expert Network on Noise. In the presentation she outlined the challenges the European railway operating companies and infrastructure managers have to deal with,
The RREC conference is co-sponsored by The Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRA), the American Railway Development both on the national and the international level. Association (ARDA), and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).
Lisette Mortensen was also invited to join the AAR Environmental Affairs Committee that held its autumn meeting in conjunction with the conference. In this meeting she got an even deeper insight to the ongoing environmental topics for the North American rail sector and took the opportunity of this more informal opportunity for exchange to inform the members of the Committee about UIC sustainability activities, and further on invited and encouraged the members to develop a closer cooperation with UIC on these issues. Especially issues like soil remediation and green procurement could be in the core of further cooperation between railways in North America and UIC.

For more information about the RREC 2010:
http://ict.illinois.edu/railroad/rrec/overview.asp

For more information please contact Lisette Mortensen: mortensen at uic.org

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UIC presents the “UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge” initiative during the UN Climate Change Summit in New York

UIC presented on 23 September the UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge.

This initiative responds to the United Nations Secretary General’s call to bring bold pledges to the Climate Summit. This Summit, held on 23 September 2014 in New York brought together leaders from Government, private sector and civil society with the aim of catalysing climate action and raising political ambition for a meaningful global legal agreement by 2015.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, recently appointed by the United Nations Secretary General as Member of the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, presented this initiative. He said:

“Climate change is the defining issue of our times. Rail offers an important part of the solution because of its very low carbon intensity. Based on expert analysis of transport energy consumption and carbon emissions by the International Energy Agency, UIC has set three targets; improve efficiency, decarbonise power and achieve a more sustainable balance of transport modes.”

These targets are designed to both catalyse action and highlight progress by the rail sector:

  • To reduce specific final energy consumption from train operations by:
    • 50% reduction by 2030 (relative to a 1990 baseline)
    • 60% reduction by 2050 (relative to a 1990 baseline)
  • To reduce specific average CO2 emissions from train operations by:
    • 50% reduction by 2030 (relative to a 1990 baseline)
    • 75% reduction by 2050 (relative to a 1990 baseline)

To achieve this, the global rail sector is taking action; developing electrification, improving load factors, procuring more efficient rolling stock, developing energy and traffic management systems and efficient driving.
Regenerative braking, returning breaking energy to the grid, is now state of the art. Advanced traffic control allows optimised 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.
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. 25,000 energy meters will be installed on trains in Europe by 2020.

The electrified rail system is immediately compatible with renewable energy. The European rail sector has doubled its use of renewable electricity between 2005 and 2010, now accounting for 28% of all electric traction. There are entire rail networks in Scandinavia, Switzerland and Austria where the electricity used is almost entirely carbon free.

Rail companies choose to pay a premium price for electricity so that they can support investment in renewable energy. For example, the Dutch railway brokered a special deal so that from 2018 they will only use electricity supplied from new sources of renewable energy.

UIC is seeking to scale up this action through increasing rail’s market share at the expense of high carbon transport. The UIC initiative proposes a third target related to modal shift:

  • Rail share of passenger transport (passenger/km) to achieve a:
    • 50% increase by 2030, relative to a 2010 baseline
    • 100% increase, a doubling by 2050, relative to a 2010 baseline
  • Rail share of freight land transport (tonne/km) to be:
    • equal with road by 2030
    • and 50% greater than road by 2050

This challenge is designed to be ambitious but achievable in a green economy perspective; this means developing new patterns of growth rooted in a more sustainable balance between transport modes.

The rail sector has already made good progress; energy intensity has reduced by one third between 1990 and 2010.

UIC is seeking to building partnerships to support the right policy environment. Scaling up requires enabling actions and green investments by national governments and transport authorities.

This includes investment in high speed rail to reduce road and air traffic and new freight corridors to meet support economic development. It also requires important investment in existing assets; the removal of bottlenecks, modernisation of signalling systems, increasing of axial loads and loading gauges at strategic locations, promoting inter-modality for freight (eg by developing dry ports) and passenger traffic (better stations, and connections to wider public transport networks).

UIC calls for the internalisation of external costs so that transport users are presented with representative price signals. It is vital to harness private capital and innovation by providing the right environment for public private partnerships.
UIC welcomes the confirmed support received for this initiative from Governments, including the United Kingdom, the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Energy Agency, and the private sector including UNIFE, Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom.

The UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge is available here:

http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/uic_low_carbon_rail_transport_challenge-action_plan.pdf

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

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UIC promotes investment in rail as a solution to climate change at the United Nations COP20 negotiations in Lima, Peru

Through accreditation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UIC was invited to install a booth at the COP20 negotiating venue in Lima, Peru. UIC is using this booth to promote investment in rail as a solution to climate change, raise awareness of the Train to Paris campaign and reach out to key NGOs and decision makers.

The international debate on climate change is entering a crucial phase. After many years of work, COP20 is the last round of major international round negotiations before the legally binding agreement expected at COP21 in Paris, 2015.

UIC is following the development of two key activities associated with the UNFCCC process that are likely to present opportunities for greater investment in rail transport, these are Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) & Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

A NAMA focused event on 6 December was opened by Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Manuel Pulgar Vidal, COP20 President. Figueres emphasised the need for strong climate action before 2020 and recognised that successful NAMAs must respond to national circumstances. In her closing remarks, Figueres considered the transition from project-driven CDMs to policy-based NAMAs to economy-wide INDCs the post-2020 process, concluding; “The world is ready for the marathon. We have been training for the marathon whether we realise it or not”.

National Governments are currently developing their INDCs to be published by August 2015. However, given the challenging deadline there is some uncertainty regarding the level of detail that can be expected later next year. Nevertheless, strong investment to develop more sustainable transport systems is a clear requirement of the Climate Change 2 Degrees Scenario.

There is an increasing urgency following a number of recent reports setting out strong arguments for greater ambition and faster implementation of action to combat climate change. Notably, the draft decision of the Ad-hoc Durban Platform (ADP) Workstream 2 recognises the need for action in the near term. The ADP co-chairs have proposed a forum to support accelerated implementation of enhanced pre-2020 climate action, to identify opportunities to further expedite implementation, and to assess the need to mobilise financial resources, technological and capacity-building support for NAMAs in developing countries. Perhaps more importantly, the draft states that “Parties with greatest responsibility and those with sufficient capability are expected to take on absolute economy-wide mitigation targets, and that all Parties should aspire to this over time”.

As rail has a low carbon intensity, where absolute-economy wide mitigation targets are adopted these have great potential to drive modal shift and increase rail market share.

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

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UIC promotes its “Low Carbon sustainable rail transport challenge” at Michelin Challenge Bibendum (Chengdu, 11 – 14 November)

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From 11 – 14 November, Michelin is organising Challenge Bibendum (http://www.challengebibendum.com/), an international event bringing together political, industry, scientific, and media representatives to discuss the challenges and solutions for sustainable mobility. This year the event is being organised in Chengdu, China, and it promises to showcase the leaders who are building the future through outdoor car activities, high-level meetings, exhibitions, and technological innovations.

Michelin kindly offered the opportunity to promote the five transport-related United Nations Climate Summit commitments in the Challenge Bibendum. Michelin supports the way in which transport is reflected in COP 21 in Paris, and commitments are a big part of it. Michelin is already partner to commitments such as UITP, UEMI and supports the Global Fuel Economy commitment.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, recorded a video message, available here:

http://www.challengebibendum.com/eng/Chengdu-2014-Global-Summit

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UIC RailAdapt Workshop held from 27 – 28 April 2017 in London

RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) hosted the first UIC RailAdapt Workshop in London from 27 – 28 April 2017. Around 30 participants from 10 countries were represented at this event.

After introducing the event, Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at UIC, and John Dora, consultant and moderator of the workshop, emphasised the importance of adaptation within members at UIC and how it was vital to address this topic during dedicated events such as RailAdapt. The RailAdapt initiative aims at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared in support of national adaptation plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs while improving railways’ resilience in the face of climate change.
The first day of the event focused on policy and strategy for adaptation and resilience.

The key themes addressed were understanding interdependencies as well as the importance of data sharing, especially for weather forecast, metrics related to economy and finally integration across modes of transport. This day allowed participants to discuss the economics and investment challenges on resilience and adaptation, especially with regard to how each organisation and each sector define and manage resilience and related actions such as asset management, maintenance. One of the crucial conclusions of the day was that the understanding of decision makers internally and on local and national levels should be improved on these themes, especially for real time and long term forecasting, with the help of new possible tools and report analysis.

The second day was customised to debate in groups around tools and standards for resilience systems: how to respond to disruptive weather events before they occur and encourage a proactive planning. A key point was made to try to reach a mobility approach and not just a rail approach as rail could indeed be a backbone for an integrated and sustainable transport if we manage to work with an interconnected transport system, other networks. This can only be managed by adopting a more holistic view and by communicating better between sectors and internally on local and higher levels.

Further steps to face the challenge on how adaptation and resilience mix will be for Members to meet regularly, work towards an efficient communication with targeted stakeholders at all levels to raise awareness about adaptation. The creation of a web portal was mentioned as a viable way to share best practice, knowledge and expertise in the field of rail adaptation between members.

You can find more information (agenda, presentations) about the event in London here: http://events.uic.org/railadapt-workshop-london

The next event on adaptation will be hosted by China Railways and will take place in Beijing. 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 event is free of charge and you can register here, and submit a paper: http://events.uic.org/railadapt-workshop-beijing

Note that on 15 May in Bonn, Germany, a side event will be organised in the frame of the forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46).
This event will explore actions taken by the Estonian Government to mitigate transport emissions (electrification, biogas and Kyoto credits) in addition to adaption initiatives taken by leaders in the rail (RailAdapt projects) and broader transport sector including the COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport.

The event will be live on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-m2oy1bnLzp5vQEdO1l4WWxwhAJpX7na

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

craven at uic.org

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UIC signs MoU with UNFCCC and UNEP within the frame of COP21

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UIC and UN entities such as UNFCCC or UNEP have fostered several ties of cooperation over many years and they have demonstrated their capacity to act together on topics that deserve greater understanding at international level.
The issue of climate change is one of these topics.

As part of the COP21 campaign, UIC has signed two Memoranda of Understanding.in partnership with UNFCCC and UNEP, who already took the “Train to Copenhagen” in the frame of COP15 in 2009.

The purposes of the MoU with UNEP is to work together in the promotion of sustainable and low carbon transportation as a part of the solution to both climate change mitigation and adaptation, in support of the goals of COP21.
With UNFCCC the scope is also to cooperate in the frame of “Train to Paris” and to support the Climate Neutral Now Initiative through raising awareness about carbon offsetting in order to reduce carbon emissions and move towards climate neutrality. This is why the “Train to Paris” campaign is supporting the Climate Neutral Now initiative: www.climateneutralnow.org

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UIC Sustainability Awards 2012: winners announced at the 12th Sustainability Conference in Venice

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Awards were given out in four categories: Sustainable Mobility, Energy and CO2, Sustainable Land Use and the Jury’s Special Prize

The 12th UIC Sustainability Conference, organised by FS and
UIC, with the title “The railway to a greener life”, was held in Venice from 25 – 27 October 2012. On the first day the conference featured high-level speakers from the United Nations, the EU Commission, Italian Government and the European Parliament, along with senior leaders from the railway sector from all over the world and an audience of over 200 delegates to discuss the role of railways in achieving a sustainable future for the transport sector. Among them were Mr Mauro Moretti, CEO of Italian Railways and Vice-President of UIC, Mr Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways (RZD), Mr Marc Juhel from the World Bank, Mr Ralph Wahnschafft from the UN and Mr Keir Fitch from the European Commission.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General, opened the conference highlighting that
“Transport is the fastest growing sector in terms of CO2 emissions, mainly due to the ever increasing demand for mobility and the rail sector is the key actor of this challenging period, as it has the potentiality to provide a solution, being responsible only for less than 2% of the total CO2 emissions from transport.”

He reminded the audience of UIC’s mission statement: “To promote rail transport at world level and meet the challenges of mobility and sustainable development, using a systematic complementary approach: strategy, improvement and communication.” Then Mr Loubinoux announced that UIC has been invited to join a working group to prepare the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Transport.
Mr Loubinoux’s opening speech was followed by Mr Moretti who declared: “to achieve the environment goals, we need strong government commitment between countries; we should enhance economy and competition by eliminating political barriers.” He emphasised the “important role of rail in cities and not only as a long distance transport mode.” Finally, according to the Italian motto he said “we should tackle the most polluted modes first.”

Mr Yakunin praised UIC’s role in promoting rail as a sustainable way to develop economies and meet the challenges of society, stressed the importance of the Declaration for Sustainability signed by 50 prominent railways and underlined RZD’s ambitions to modernise and improve its services, forming a link between markets and continents.

The conference’s main topics addressed: railway development in the framework of the three pillars of sustainability, economic, social and environmental; the role of legislative framework in the development of sustainable railway transportation; rail and sustainable cities.

On the second day, along with parallel sessions of the UIC Sustainability Networks, the RIVAS project held its mid-term conference. Funded within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, this project aims at reducing the environmental impact of ground-borne vibrations while safeguarding the commercial competitiveness of the railway sector. The conference took stock of the achieved research results and defined the way ahead.

The third edition of the UIC Sustainability Awards was held at the 12th UIC Sustainability Conference.

Awards were given out in four categories: Sustainable Mobility, Energy and CO2, Sustainable Land Use and the Jury’s Special Prize. The winners and highly-commended projects were as follows:

Sustainable Mobility Category Winner:

TRENITALIA: Integrated Sustainable Mobility

This initiative combines three innovative projects: Combined rail tickets and electric vehicle rentals; discounts for regular rail customers for high quality folding bicycles; and a train and car share initiative. These projects were developed to attract customers to rail while improving the sustainability of the door-to-door journey.

Sustainable Land Use Category Winner:

ÖBB Green Paper: Landscape sensitivity and potential of conflicts along the Austrian railway network

This ambitious project assessed the biodiversity characteristics of Austrian railway infrastructure and highlighted areas of particular sensitivity and conflict. The project created an interactive mapping tool to better plan future infrastructure work with a minmum of environmental impact and to help promote and enhance biodiversity.

Energy and CO2 Category Winner:

Eress Partnership: Erex sustainable railway energy system

Erex is a project that helps infrastructure managers and train operators reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and save money by providing exact energy consumption data. The Erex system was developed by a non-profit organisation, Eress, jointly owned by its partners, Infrabel, Banedanmark, Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket.

Jury’s Special Prize:

Indian Railways: Improving Energy Efficiency in Railways by Leveraging Clean Development Mechanism

This project improved the energy efficiency of lighting in railway residential quarters in India. In total 1.41 million new low-energy light bulbs were installed. As well as delivering energy and CO2 savings, the project successfully leveraged the Clean Development Mechanism to support the project (the CDM is a global environmental investment and credit scheme developed by the United Nations).

UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said:

“The UIC Sustainability Awards showcase some of the best initiatives to promote sustainable development in the railway sector. The winners represent the diversity of the topic, ranging from biodiversity protection, multi-modal connections, energy management and a project that leverages international climate financing. This was a highly competitive process with excellent candidates and we congratulate all the entrants for their dedication to improve sustainability.”

Background to the Awards

The UIC Sustainability Awards were introduced at the 10th UIC Sustainability Conference, which was held in London in September 2008. The aim of the Awards is to put the spotlight on and reward excellence to ground breaking projects and the significant efforts made within the rail sector to continuously improve its sustainability performance.

Highly Commended

In addition to the Winners, several projects received a Highly Commended certificate for excellent contributions to sustainable development in the railway sector. These were:

  • Highly Commended: SusStations Partnership for SusStations – Supporting Sustainable Stations
  • Highly Commended: Norfolk Community Rail Partnership Mobile Phone App
  • Highly Commended: SBSN (Dutch Railways Remediation Foundation) Green on-site soil remediation
  • Highly Commended: Italferr S.p.a. (Italian rail infrastructure manager) – Carbon Footprint in the design and construction phases
  • Highly Commended: JBV (Norwegian rail infrastructure manager) – LCA Methodology for Railway Infrastructure – the Follo Line

For more information on the Winners and the Highly Commended entries please see www.uic.org/environment

Cleaner Development Mechanism

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), defined in Article 12 of the Protocol, allows a country with an emission-reduction or emission-limitation commitment under the Kyoto Protocol (Annex B Party) to implement an emission-reduction project in developing countries. Such projects can earn saleable certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2, which can be counted towards meeting Kyoto targets.

The mechanism is seen by many as a trailblazer. It is the first global, environmental investment and credit scheme of its kind, providing a standardised emissions offset instrument, CERs. A CDM project activity might involve, for example, a rural electrification project using solar panels or the installation of more energy-efficient boilers. The mechanism stimulates sustainable development and emission reductions, while giving industrialised countries some flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction or limitation targets.

For more information see: http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/me...
To learn more visit http://www.uic-environment.org/ and http://www.rivas-project.eu/

For further information please contact Alexander Veitch, UIC Head of Unit – Sustainable Development: veitch at uic.org and
Veronica Aneris, UIC Senior Advisor Energy & Environment: aneris at uic.org

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UIC welcomed the “2015 Transport Day" (Paris, 6 December)

Following the success of Transport Day 2014 in Lima, Peru, the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT Partnership), together with the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG Initiative), and the Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) organised a Transport Day in 2015 on Sunday 6 December 2015, in the context of COP 21 in Paris.

UIC was pleased to welcome at its Headquarters this event which attracted more than 400 participants from the sustainable transport community representing the different modes of transport (passenger and freight transport; road, rail, water and air) as well as the different constituencies (national and local government; transport sector organisations; development organisations; UN bodies; civil society and academia).
The event demonstrated the resolve of the transport sector to take action on Transport and Climate Change and celebrated the progress made in integrating transport in the UNFCCC process: (a) INDCs make explicit reference to transport action; and (b) the Transport Initiatives associated with the SG Climate Summit and LPAA show that non-state actors are making an effort to tackle climate change through the transport sector.

Transport Day continues to be the premier community-building event for the sector in the annual COP. Furthermore, since transport is a crosscutting issue for sustainable development and economic growth, it reflects the readiness and commitment of transport stakeholders to engage with other sectors.

The two mottos for the PPMC’s COP21 campaign are “We Are Transport” and “Ambitious Action (on Transport and Climate Change is) Feasible Now;” it is these guiding thoughts that have framed Transport Day 2015 and its discussions.
Pat Cox, the Former President of the European Parliament and moderator of Transport Day 2015, welcomed the audience to the event, with the motto of the PPMC “We are transport”. He emphasised the need for ambitious action and that this action is feasible now. He was followed by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, the Director General of International Union of Railways (UIC), the host of the day’s event who summarised the past week at COP21 as positive and productive. He outlined UIC’s own commitments to improve sustainable mobility and emphasised that although the rail sector contributes 1% of emissions, there is a desire to reduce emissions by 50% by 2050.

This will contribute towards the modal shift from road to rail. Mr Loubinoux spoke of the need for a paradigm shift from competitive modes towards a complementarity of transport modes.
SLoCaT Foundation Chairman and Deputy Transport Commissioner for Policy in New York City, Michael Replogle took to the stand to highlight this as a crucial time to broaden networks of sustainable low carbon action and observed that transport has finally been brought into the mainstream at COP21. He highlighted the need for the public sector to enhance capacity, the private sector to bring finance and the civil society to act as a catalyst for action. He recommended a move from a project based on a programmatic approach and the need to invest in the short term to reduce cost in the longer term. His closing statement was “onward together.”

Jean Dominique Senard, CEO at Michelin, outlined three key focus areas for transport initiatives in France: European mobility, long haul transport and personal vehicle driving. He spoke of the tremendous impact of these and stressed that it is time for transport to stand up and speak out.

Finally, Janos Pasztor, the Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change closed the initial welcoming session by emphasising the need to act now on transport and not wait for a post 2020 agreement to be finalised. He spoke of the need to promote sustainable transport in line with economic growth, social benefits and environmental protection. He noted that COP21 in Paris will be a pivotal point where policy is turned into practice.

From the SLoCaT partnership, Cornie Huizenga posed the question of how to raise ambition in the transport sector, noting that the incremental change thus far would not be enough to reach a two-degree scenario by 2050, and urged participants to brainstorm ideas for this throughout the day. He also asked the audience to embrace a vision of disruptive thinking on sustainable transport solutions. To support this, Patrick Oliva from the Michelin Challenge Bibendum reminded participants that governments, business and civil society all need to work together to galvanise real transformation in the sector. He invited all attendants to identify the priorities in the sector to focus on in 2016. Finally, reflecting the usefulness of cooperation and the rising visibility of sustainable transport in the UNFCCC process, he ended his remarks by announcing that the Minister of the Environment of Morocco has invited the PPMC to contribute to preparations for COP22.

During one of the afternoon sessions, dealing with the theme “Sustainable Transport Champions” and showcasing countries that through their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) they have demonstrated commitment to take action on transport and climate change as well as initiatives from the transport sector by non-state actors that will result in action by the transport sector itself, examples were provided of potential linkages between specific INDCs and Transport Initiatives.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, said: “Allow me to remind you of the UIC initiative announced at the UN Climate Summit in 2014. The ‘low carbon transport challenge’ set out a vision for the global rail sector with targets derived from analysis of the 2 degrees scenario. The rail sector, represented by UIC with 240 members from 95 countries worldwide, have committed to a target for 2030 - to improve both specific final energy consumption & specific average carbon emissions by 50% relative to a 1990 as baseline. I am pleased to report good progress, our sector has already achieved improvements of more than 40% for both of these targets. Of course we must keep working hard and strive for even greater performance. By 2050 we aim for 60% improvement in energy efficiency and 75% carbon reduction. Of course to make a real impact we must reduce total transport emissions. This means achieving a more sustainable balance between transport modes. Rail transport is the most emissions efficient major mode of land transport. Already today, the electrified rail system uses significant quantities of renewable energy. We propose a target to increase rail passenger market share by 50% in 2030 and then double it by 2050. For freight we aim to equal road activity by 2030, and then exceed road volumes by 50% in 2050. These targets are ambitious, but achievable in a green economic perspective. And now for COP21 we have reinforced the global level targets with commitments by individual member companies. Last week over 70 CEOs from railway companies across the world signed the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge. This declaration by CEOs, who are collectively responsible for the majority of the world’s passenger and freight rail transport sets out four commitments, to reduce carbon emissions, increase modal share, actively communicate on climate issues, and to report performance. Action by national government and their INDCs are critical to delivering these targets. What we have seen is encouraging but there is much work still to be done.

It is really good to see India making positive statements in their INCD, specifically to increase rail market share from 36% to 45% and to know that this is backed up by major projects such as the dedicated freight corridor.

In addition to this, there are 26 other countries which have referenced rail transport as a part of the solution to climate in their INDC (Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin , Canada Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India , Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zimbabwe). But when we look at most of the countries that are responsible for the largest emissions we can see a general trend for high level statements with little detail on transport. I think we have to understand this as a challenge to the sustainable transport community, a challenge to prove what we can offer. A challenge to innovate and deliver more competitive low carbon transport systems and to deliver these quickly.
This is where we will focus our efforts in the coming years.”

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UIC welcomes UN High-level group’s Sustainable Transport report

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UIC Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, has welcomed the Global Sustainable Transport Outlook report entitled “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development” issued by the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, on 28 October.

He said: “The United Nations now has a committed, international and multi-disciplinary team that is aware that infrastructure and the complementarity between the different modes of transport – each bringing maximum added value and based on intelligent interfacing – are the key to sustainable mobility, in order to address the challenges of the 21st century, and encourage more harmonised socio-economic development through trade in cities, countries and regions.”

The High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport was created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2014 to provide recommendations on sustainable transport actionable at global, national, local and sector levels. The Advisory Group, established for a period of three years, worked with Governments, transport providers (aviation, marine, ferry, rail, road, and urban public transport), businesses, financial institutions, civil society and other stakeholders to promote sustainable transport systems and their integration into development strategies and policies, including in climate action.

Finding that global, national and local transport systems are hobbled by inefficiencies and a lack of sustainable investments, the expert panel issued the report “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development”, which provides 10 recommendations on how governments, businesses and civil society should re-direct resources in the transport sector to advance sustainable development.

The recommendations address issues of policy, technology and financing and grew out of the diverse perspectives and practical experience of the panel.

The report found that a transformational change to sustainable transport can be realised through annual investments of around US$2 trillion, similar to the current ‘business as usual’ spending of US$1.4 trillion to US$2.1 trillion.
Investments in sustainable transport, the experts found, could lead to fuel savings and lower operational costs, decreased congestion and reduced air pollution. Additionally, it is estimated that efforts to promote sustainable transport can deliver savings of up to US$70 trillion by 2050.

A move to sustainable freight and passenger transport that includes integrated port terminals, well-planned airports and harmonized standards and regulations for efficient border crossings, could produce a global GDP increase by US$2.6 trillion.

Writing in the report’s foreword, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that sustainable transport was essential to efforts to fight climate change, reduce air pollution and improve road safety. “Sustainable transport supports inclusive growth, job creation, poverty reduction, access to markets, the empowerment of women, and the well-being of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.”

Focusing on important issues such as road safety, traffic congestion and climate impacts, the expert panel’s 10 specific actions include the establishment of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, the promotion of sustainable transport technologies and the increase of international development funding.

The report calls for robust engagement by all stakeholders to ensure all members of society have access to jobs, markets, education and health care, through sustainable transport.

At present, the transport sector is responsible for approximately 23 per cent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 3.5 million premature deaths result from outdoor air pollution annually, mostly in low and middle income countries. About 10 to 15 per cent of food is lost during processing, transport and storage given a lack of modern facilities, trucks, access to refrigeration, and poor roads. Nearly one billion people worldwide still lack adequate access to road networks, which increase isolation and marginalization and deepen social inequities. Over 1.2 million people are killed annually in road traffic accidents, causing in addition to human loss and suffering, billions of dollars of associated costs which amount, in some countries, to 1-3 per cent of GDP.

“Transport can build prosperity in the broadest sense, enhancing the quality of life for all while protecting the environment and fighting climate change,” said Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Volvo and co-chair of the High-Level Group. “We need bold innovation and a true partnership among governments, civil society and the private sector.”

“Sustainable Transport is crucial for the improvement in the quality of life of people both in cities and rural settings, at a national and international level,” stated Carolina Tohá, Mayor of Santiago, Chile and the other co-chair of the Group.

“Sustainable Transport enables people to access better services, jobs, opportunities and family connections. It is also a space where people spend a significant amount of time every day, and therefore it needs to consider safety issues as well as conditions of dignity for users. Leaving no-one behind in the context of Sustainable Transport means that in the coming decades we are able to build transport systems that are inclusive, integrated, gender-sensitive and that have people’s needs at their core.”

Full report Global Sustainable Transport Outlook “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development” can be found on the UN website:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/sustainabletransport/highleveladvisorygroup

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

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UIC Zero Carbon Project cited as an example of best practice at the World Resources Institute & World Business Council for Sustainable Development Workshop ‘Transforming energy: Bringing electricity procurement into corporate carbon footprints’, in Brussels on 22 January 2015

On 22 January 2015, the ‘Transforming energy: Bringing electricity procurement into corporate carbon footprints’ workshop was held in Brussels, organised by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) partners for the deployment of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol).

UIC attended the event to present the findings of the recently concluded Zero Carbon Project – designed to ensure that the rail sector remains at the cutting edge of the complex and evolving debate on carbon reporting. The Zero Carbon Project was cited by the WRI as an example of best practice in their reporting on the new carbon reporting protocol. With a worldwide legally binding agreement on climate change expected to be agreed in December 2015 at the UN COP21 negotiations in Paris, the need to maintain clarity and credibility when reporting the rail sector’s advantage as a climate-friendly transport mode is crucially important.

Organised by WRI and WBCSD, the workshop presents Scope 2 of the Guidance of the GHG Protocol. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. GHG Protocol is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programmes for tackling climate change.

The launch event of Scope 2, attended by 60 people, benefited from the participation of Mary Sotos from WRI who presented Scope 2 of the Guidance of the GHG Protocol. The following speech by Dirk Van Evercooren from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB) and Director of the Flemish Regulator of the Electricity and Gas Market (VREG) provided the main guidelines as to how this new GHG Protocol Socope enhances corporate CO2 management and electricity procurement strategies.

The first panel, moderated by Edgar Galrao from WBCSD, included the participation of Pedro Faria from CDP, Jan Cupal from Verbund, Gabriel Castañares, Senior Advisor of Energy and Environment at UIC and Daniele Arena from the Sustainable Development Foundation and UIC Partner at the Zero Carbon Railways Project.

During this panel, Gabriel Castañares and Daniele Arena introduced the main gaps and inconsistencies detected for renewable energies accountability in rail and how UIC has developed the Zero Carbon Project in order to deliver commonly accepted rules to provide UIC members with secure and publicly accepted ways of sourcing zero carbon products, allowing them to increase the use of renewable electricity and communicate it to customers.

The second panel, moderated by Jared Baraslawsky from RECS International, benefited from the participation of Preben Munch from Ecohz, Anette Gussias from Bergen Energi, and Hanne Raadal from Ostfold Research Institute.

The Zero Carbon Project implements the newly revised GHG Protocol guidelines into the UIC Environmental Strategy Reporting system. Renewable Energy is an important part of the strategy, and many railways already obtain a proportion of their energy from renewable sources. The Zero Carbon Project is designed to alleviate concerns and criticism from external stakeholders with respect to accounting of the use of renewable energy. Whist the technical complexity of this topic has increased over recent years, it remains politically and strategically important for UIC and its members.

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UIC-coordinated “EuropeTrain” test campaign: successful launch of seventh run for second French loop including route sections in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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After two weeks of intensive activities at the DB Systemtechnik test centre, the EuropeTrain started running again at 12:35 on 30 July from Minden to Bad Bentheim. Its journey through the Netherlands included a stop for a press event with KNV (the Royal Dutch Transport Federation, a Dutch rail freight support association) and DB Schenker NL on 1 August in Amersfoort.

This “geluidsarme trein” (noiseless train) event was a resounding success. Paul van Lede, Chairman of KNV “Rail Freight”, underlined the importance of rail, which contributed towards reaching the mobility objectives set by the Dutch government to strengthen and boost the economy. “Good hinterland connections by rail are also an important component of success in expanding the port of Rotterdam through a project called Maasvlakte II (http://www.maasvlakte2.com/en). The challenge is now to tackle the problem of noise,” said Van Lede.

“Rail carriers and operators are feeling the pressure to successfully complete the project”, explained Johannes Gräber, Head of Business Segment Engineering Services (DB Schenker), UIC Project Manager EuropeTrain. All scenarios point towards continued growth of rail transport, which is safe and environmentally friendly, but the issue of noise must be addressed. The Netherlands are a fitting illustration of the need for a Europe-wide project in this field, given the international nature of Dutch rail freight – over 80% of its rail freight traffic crosses the borders. There should be a coordinated drive through certification and European incentives to ensure the use of low noise wagons can develop swiftly and on a large scale throughout Europe.

KNV Rail Freight Secretary, Johan ter Poorten called for a transfer of knowledge. “Many stakeholders are now active in the Netherlands, but a common approach is still missing”. KNV aims to organise an expert meeting soon in which representatives of rail operators, wagon keepers, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, ProRail (the Dutch infrastructure manager) and Keyrail will participate. A pragmatic and international rollout of low-noise trains on the European corridor Rotterdam-Genoa has to be swiftly implemented without additional administrative burdens.

After an explanatory tour around the train, participants could clearly see the difference between rough wheels with cast iron brake blocks and smooth wheels with LL blocks.

Johannes Gräber pointed out that the full effect of composite brake blocks on noise could not be properly heard as the train included both cast iron and composite brake blocks. “Tests have shown that on a train with LL blocks, perceived noise is decreased by half.” UIC was furthermore represented by Hans Paukert, Senior advisor Braking systems & Diesel Engines and Liesbeth de Jong, UIC Media Relations.

The press was well represented, with five radio and TV interviews being held on the EuropeTrain and various national newspapers publishing articles. They expressed a positive opinion of the contribution of the railway sector.

This event confirmed the rail freight sector’s professionalism in contributing towards a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and safe mode of transport.

After the event, the EuropeTrain departed from Amersfoort on schedule at exactly 14.00. After the travelling through Belgium, it was handed over to Fret SNCF in the on night.

The French loop passes through Paris (Le Bourget), Marseille, Lyon and Metz. The train will complete the loop several times, clocking up approximately 15,000 km, and is due to return via Belgium and the Netherlands in the second half of August.

Pictures and the latest information on the EuropeTrain project can be found at http://europetrain.uic.org.

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UN Global Compact convenes first meeting of industry and trade associations on corporate sustainability

On 9 September 2014 the UN Global Compact, in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (http://www.iccwbo.org/), convened its first gathering of leaders from global industry and trade associations to discuss corporate sustainability and sectoral engagement.

Over 30 global industry leaders, representing a wide range of sectors – including basic and extractive resources, chemicals, food and beverage, financial services, industrial goods and services, health care, personal goods and retail, and transportation – attended the meeting to share best practices, discuss ways in which they can help their association members advance corporate sustainability, and explore opportunities for cross-sectoral engagement and collaboration.

Participants highlighted the important role that industry associations can play in advancing corporate sustainability, particularly their ability to communicate corporate sustainability priorities, trends and data to their large network of members, and by informing other key stakeholders on sector-specific initiatives and innovations. Participants also showcased illustrative examples of collaboration and partnerships at the country and regional-levels among industry associations and sector initiatives on a range of sustainability priorities.

“This meeting shed light on a range of good efforts undertaken by global industry associations and sectoral initiatives. Today’s meeting stressed the importance of these groups as key drivers of advancing the corporate sustainability movement”, said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.

Participants also discussed ways in which the private sector can contribute to future development priorities, such as those addressed by the Post-2015 Development Agenda (https://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/partnerships/post_2015_development_agenda.html). Participants expressed enthusiasm for this first meeting of global industry associations and welcomed similar opportunities in the future.

UIC’s Expert Group on Sustainable Mobility was represented by Harold Resida (NS).
Harold briefed the participants on some of the things UIC has accomplished over the past years: the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility & Transport, the Reporting Guidelines and further actions to promote corporate sustainability of the members and the visibility of railways at the global level.

What can we learn from this meeting?

  • one thing that was unanimously voiced by participants: the days of license-to-operate by simply complying to regulations are over. Nowadays, license-to-operate exists in the framework of corporate sustainability!
  • against the background of our fast changing world, there is a constant need for all businesses and their associations to update the themes and focus areas they are involved with. UIC should frequently review its agenda: are we still dealing with the issues on sustainability that make sense for our business?
  • one opinion that was generally supported, is that both companies and associations should seek more ways to co-operate with different partners in order to play a more decisive and more visible role in sustainable development.
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UN High Level Advisory Group Dinner (Paris, 7 December)

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In the context of the UN High Level Advisory Group, a dinner was organised by UIC at the Automobile Club de France in Paris on 7 December.

“Principles” and “sherpas” (advisors) constituting this Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport set up in 2014 and planning an Outlook Report by the end of 2016, had the great privilege to meet the UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon who attended the dinner.

The UN Secretary welcomed all the work already done by this Group and encouraged it to achieve its mission.

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UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport welcomes new Sustainable Development Agenda

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The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport lauds the global community for adopting the historic Agenda 2030 at the Sustainable Development Summit currently taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

With more than 150 heads of state and government in attendance, the summit is ushering in a new era in development, one that considers social, economic and environmental dimensions as elements of a coherent whole, working for the good of people and planet, with poverty eradication at the core. The new Agenda, built around 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were elaborated in a three–year–long transparent, participatory process, will chart a course for the sustainable development of the world for the next 15 years.

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is built on the pledge to ‘leave no one behind,’ and sustainable transportation is absolutely essential to make sure this pledge is fulfilled,” said Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. “Transport sits at the intersection of many SDGs—on health, sustainable cities, climate, economic growth—and with its expertise the Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group can lead the way to innovative solutions addressing these integrated issues.”

A recent assessment of the SDGs commissioned by the High-level Advisory Group found that sustainable transport will be central to the implementation of many of the SDGs: transport makes cities liveable and functional, connects rural women and men to markets, brings people to their jobs, and enables global trade and economic growth. SDG 11 on sustainable cities calls for increased access to safe, affordable and sustainable public transportation; and SDG 3 on health includes a target on enhanced road safety. In addition to these explicit targets, sustainable transport is also essential to many other SDGs, including on women’s empowerment (SDG 5), economic growth (SDG 8), resilient infrastructure (SDG 9), and climate change (SDG 13). The Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development also stressed the role of transport, calling for investments to bridge infrastructure gaps, including in transport.
“Investing in sustainable transport is one of the most effective and powerful tools we have today to advance towards more inclusive societies,” expressed Santiago Mayor Carolina Toha, co-chair of the High-Level Advisory Group. “Public transport is used by most people in the world and is particularly important in fast-growing cities in the developing world. We have an historic opportunity to facilitate adequate policies that will avoid unsustainable practices as cities grow, strengthening better services and incentivising the use of clean means of transport.”

The High-Level Advisory Group will next meet in Paris in December 2015, on the margins of COP 21. The Group will discuss strategies for increasing the positive impact of sustainable transport measures on climate change mitigation.

The High-Level Advisory Group was established in 2014 with a three year mandate to develop policy recommendations and to encourage multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance sustainable transport at the local, national, regional and global levels. The Group represents all sectors and modes of transport.

For further information please consult the following link:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/sustainabletransport/highleveladvisorygroup

(Source: UN)

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United Nations High Level Group meets in Milan on 11 June 2015

The UN High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport met in Milan as part of the UITP General Assembly. This meeting was the occasion to develop the report following the various contributions from its members.

Several points were raised during the meeting, in particular those of urbanisation and innovation.

For his part Mr Loubinoux led a panel on the link between intra-urban and inter-urban transport, the specific role of logistics centres and stations in the context of the future development of transport. To this end Mr Loubinoux was able to reiterate the five “Is” which, according to him, are the principles of sustainable transport – namely:

Infrastructure
Investment
Innovation
Intelligence and
Integration

As part of these discussions, Mr Loubinoux also had the opportunity to highlight five key actions – the five “Cs” – namely:

Centres
Customers
Complementarity
Corridors and
Cities

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said, “We simply have to build better, safer, and more sustainable transportation systems if we are going to promote prosperity and greater social well-being while protecting the environment.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commissioned the group to issue a report and organise a world conference on sustainable transport for 2016. These will present actionable policy recommendations to further develop sustainable transport.

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United States: Advanced-technology trains power sustainability efforts at Amtrak

Amtrak continues its commitment and progress to ever more sustainable operations by focusing on fuel and energy conservation as well as other initiatives. America’s Railroad® has incorporated sustainability practices throughout its operation of more
than 300 trains that travel each day to more than 500 destinations.

New advanced-technology electric locomotives are now in service along the Northeast
Corridor. The locomotives will save the cost of about 3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the coming decades. The locomotives are designed for easier maintenance and will maximize energy efficiency by using a regenerative braking system that will feed energy back into the power grid.

“At Amtrak, our mission is inherently focused on sustainability. We’re proud of our work
to provide reliable, energy-efficient transportation, draw more customers to rail, and ultimately reduce the carbon footprint of the traveling public,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. “We are committed to being a good steward of our resources and having a positive impact in the communities we serve.”

Digital access to select newspapers is available to business and first-class passengers on Northeast Corridor and eastern route trains. Digital access contribute less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions and can save more than 103,740 paper copies annually.

According to a 2015 report by the national Transportation Research Board, passenger rail is generally three to four times more efficient, using less energy and producing less greenhouse gas emissions than automobile or air travel for equivalent door-to-door trips.

Amtrak recently signed the UIC Responsibility Pledge

Amtrak recently signed the International Union of Railways (UIC) Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge. In signing the pledge, Amtrak committed to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, stimulate modal shift to rail in national and international markets, actively communicate climate-friendly initiatives, and publicly report data on energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

Amtrak is a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project, which reports on sustainability
initiatives specific to climate change. Amtrak received a score of 99B on its most recent submission to the CDP. The 99 out of 100 reflects Amtrak’s commitment to comprehensive and transparent reporting of greenhouse gas data and climate-related risks and opportunities. The B represents the performance band and measures the company’s positive actions to promote climate change mitigation, adaptation and transparency. The most recent score represents an increase from 96B in 2014.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Vegetation Management Meeting held from 24 – 25 May 2016 in Paris

From 24 – 25 May 2016, the International Railway Association, UIC, held the International Workshop on “Weed control on Railways: What future for herbicides?” at its headquarters. This workshop followed the successful first edition held in October 2013 in Coventry hosted by Network Rail.

This event was organised by the working group UIC Sustainable Land Use Expert Network and focused on the latest issues at European level for the management of herbicides in Railway Vegetation Management.

Over 100 people from 20 different nationalities attended the workshop which was co-organised with SNCF Reseau.

Jean-Pierre Loubionux, UIC Director General, welcomed the participants and provided a key note speech addressing the serious concerns which railway vegetation managers are currently facing: to guarantee the safety of the tracks and signalling equipment and at same time taking into account the question of environmental and health protection, which corresponds to the overall environmental responsibility. He remarked that rail represents the backbone of sustainable transport and that the entire community needs to make every effort to retain this position.

“This is why vegetation control on railway networks is carried out through extremely high standard methods and herbicides are used only where they are vitally necessary and no alternatives exist. Moreover several research efforts on alternatives to herbicide have been investigated and will be presented here during this workshop.”

He finally concluded that sustainability embraces a wide spectrum of technical issues, which are very much related to day-to-day operations, and that is why the workshop is of particular relevance.

Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor at UIC, introduced the recent activities of the Sustainable Land Use network and noted that another pillar of the UIC is Standardisation as the basis of the railway as a system. In this sense the Expert Group developed the International Railway Standard on Vegetation Management which is now in its final stage of approval. The new IRS represents a single source of cutting‐edge information on all aspects of vegetation management including detailed advice on sound justification for the continued use of herbicides and state-of-the-art guidance on tree risk management.

The two-day agenda included speeches from major stakeholders including CER, national chemical authorities, environmental egencies and representatives from chemical suppliers.

During Day 1, three sessions were held. Session 1 provided different maintenance overviews and regulatory frameworks from six European infrastructure managers. Session 2 provided a complete regulatory framework. Ethem Pekin, Environmental Economist at CER, provided the European policy overview while Mr Petra Pucelik-Günther from the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety provided the regulatory framework in Germany, the Environment Risk Assessment of molecules. Finally Ms Farwell from FERA presented the Hardspec Model which is a first-tier model for estimating surface water and groundwater exposure resulting from herbicides applied to hard surfaces. It was developed as a collaborative project in the UK involving universities, suppliers and the Environment Agency. In the last session of the day several alternatives to chemical applications were presented by both railway infrastructure companies and universities.

During Day 2 several overviews on recent GIS and geo-referencing technologies were given by different infrastructure managers and subcontractors. In session 6 Mr Christopher Leake, representative from CropLife Association, the association of chemical suppliers, explained the difficulties experienced by chemical firms in getting new molecules patented and reported on the strict environmental risk assessment which the regulatory framework foresees. He also asked for a common table for active collaboration between associations, suppliers and buyers in order to define a Roadmap for the sustainable use of herbicides. The last session provided studies of the impact of herbicides on the environment. Finally Mr Micheal Morin, Director of Track Maintenance at SNCF Reseau concluded the two-day workshop and noted that Vegetation Management is an engineered technique which is wisely undertaken by railway infrastructure managers. However innovation and exchange of best practices need to be encouraged and UIC was praised for organising this event.

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor: braschi at uic.org

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Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP5) at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

At the beginning of June, UIC once again reinforced its relationship with the UN by attending the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP5) at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

From 3 – 5 June 2015, UNECE held the 7th session of the Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Transport Networks at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Following the approval of its establishment by EXCOM in 2011, the Group of Experts regularly meet twice a year. The group recalled the recent publication of the report (ECE/TRANS/238) “Climate Change, Impacts and Adaptation for International Transport Networks” containing several input from the railway experience. The Inland Transport Committee at its 76th session (25 February 2014) welcomed the outcome of the activities and endorsed the main recommendations: climate change adaptation strategies should be based on a real understanding and systematic mapping of vulnerabilities of the main networks within UNECE members to climate changes.

The first part of the meeting was devoted to developing an action plan for the 2015 – 2017 period. The group will have as objective to identify and establish inventories of transport networks which are vulnerable to climate change impacts in a Geographic Information System Environment and develop tools to address potential extreme hazards to selected inland transport infrastructure under different climate scenarios. The group is expected to submit a full report of its accomplishments by the end of 2017.

A lively discussion followed and experts exchanged views on how to structure the envisaged job. UIC, represented by Andrea Braschi, showcased the role of railways in developing research activities within transport adaptation facing climatic changes. He presented the project proposal that UIC submitted to the European Commission within the H2020 research programme. UIC intends to call for an expert group of key people from different sectors and activities (railways, roads, ports, universities, consultants) with knowledge about climate change adaptation to report on business case practices and will welcome the UNECE groups of experts.

UIC therefore looks forward to working with UNECE and widening its collaboration with the United Nations concerning awareness on transport and climate change adaptation.

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi: braschi at uic.org

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Workshop and Meeting between UIC-KRRI on Railway Environment on 13 and 15 June 2016 in South Korea

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From 13 – 15 June 2016, Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) and UIC organised a workshop dedicated to sustainable development strategy of railway industry in the presence of global warming, targeting researchers, academics and Korean rail experts. In partnership with the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA), this workshop was a fruitful opportunity for UIC and KRRI working on these topics and representatives of the industry to exchange experiences on lasts technologies, best practices, procedures on the current environmental concerns as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The workshop started with deep discussion about vision of the Asia-Pacific Region of UIC 2050 and environmental issues of railway: noise, air quality, energy efficiency, soil remediation, between the UIC Sustainable Development Unit and environmental team of KRRI at their headquarters in Uiwang on 13 June.

The following day, the international workshop under the title “Future of the railway environmental technology under neo climate change” was held in Seoul, inaugurated by Ki-Hwan Kim, President of KRRI, and Vincent Vu, Director of Institutional Relations at UIC and Coordinator of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region, who both provided a clearer picture of transport’s share, in particular rail, in sustainable development challenges and to express the need to make every effort to ensure a greener future. Both hosts acknowledged Korea’s commitment in this area for many years now.

Over 80 participants from railway operation undertakers, company and research bodies of Korea attended the presentation of the updated objectives set by UIC in terms of sustainable development. The indicators and strategies implemented in Europe and worldwide as well as the latest technologies developed by the Korean stakeholders in the area were the subject of rich and lively exchanges. Led by the teams of Green Transport and Logistics Institute of KRRI headed by Youn-Keun Bhang, Director General, and the UIC Sustainable Development Unit headed by Nicolas Craven, together with Raimondo Orsini, Director General of the Sustainable Development Foundation, the subjects addressed the valuable outcomes of delivering UIC low carbon rail transport challenge from Train to Paris 2015 and engagement with the United Nation together with the latest experiences from UIC and KRRI, including diverse topics like real-time measurements of energy consumption, the development of human activity and its impact on the environment, and vegetation management within railway companies

The workshop concluded with an open discussion where the participants exchanged their opinions about the existing main barriers and possibilities of implementing actions on these topics and KRRI made a commitment to put more emphasis on the technology of reducing carbon emission and raising energy efficiency of railway.

After the workshop, a technical visit to the test track of the wireless tram was arranged to KRRI testing plant in Osong. This new wireless tram technology was developed by KRRI and awarded UIC research and innovation awards in 2014 and the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the latest projects and ongoing activities of Korea tram.

This action ties in with the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge signed by the UIC members in 2015 and that UIC wishes to promote and highlight – as with all those it will initiate in 2016.

All the presentations of the workshop are available at: http://disks.krri.re.kr/ohd/pm/disk/linkdown.html?reginfo=20160620170726488911

For further information please contact Cheul Kyu Lee, Seconded Senior Advisor on Eco design: lee at uic.org

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Workshop and Meeting of the UIC Experts Network on Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions from 8 – 9 June in Haarlem, Netherlands

On 8 June a UIC workshop dedicated to Energy Efficiency on Parked Trains and Refurbishment of Rolling Stock was held in Haarlem (Netherlands).

This workshop was a fruitful opportunity for UIC members working on these topics and representatives of the industry to exchange experiences on best practices, procedures and technologies on the management of parked trains regarding energy efficiency and the refurbishment of rail rolling stock regarding energy improvements.

The workshop started with a technical visit to the train maintenance centre of NedTrain, where the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the latest projects and ongoing activities of NedTrain and the refurbishment of Intercity Trains regarding energy efficiency improvements.

After the visit, the morning session of the workshop included the latest experiences from SNCB, NS and SBB, on the management of parked trains aiming to reduce energy consumption. In the afternoon, a second session addressed the available technologies and commercial products for refurbishment of rolling stock focusing on the potential improvements to energy efficiency; this second session included presentations from the representatives of suppliers such as Faiveley, Alstom, Knorr Bremse and Nomad Tech.

The workshop finished with an open discussion where the participants exchanged their opinions on the main existing barriers and possibilities of implementing actions in this field and the different scenarios depending on meteorological and geographical conditions, including examples in extreme conditions, as explained by the RZD representative.

All the presentations of the workshop are available at: http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1485

On 9 June the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Experts Network held an internal meeting in Haarlem where the participants presented and discussed topics such as intelligent lighting, conversion of catenary systems, carbon pricing and total energy costs at European level, as well as the exchange of data for energy consumption among other topics.

The meeting included a tour of the building, which has been renovated in accordance with sustainability and energy efficiency criteria, including solar panels linked to the surrounding neighbourhood. The building, which is over a hundred years old, was used as a maintenance centre for the signalling equipment of Dutch Railways, and following its renovation, is now dedicated to hosting meetings and other activities of the community.

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

castanares at uic.org

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Workshop on “RIVAS” project: Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions

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RIVAS results disseminated in two workshops

On 22 and 23 May 2013 two workshops were organised in Berlin and moderated by Isabelle De Keyzer, in charge of Dissemination of EU co-funded R&D projects at UIC HQ with the objective to disseminate the methodologies and approaches of the UIC led project RIVAS to the interested audience.

RIVAS stands for ‘Railway Induced Vibration Abatement Solutions’ and focuses on the development and testing of mitigation technologies for vibration from rail traffic. More than 70 participants from 15 European countries gathered in the stimulating atmosphere of the historical industrial complex ‘Die Schmiede’ in Berlin. Among them there were many representatives of railway companies, suppliers and consultants as well as academia and standardization bodies.

The first day was dedicated to reducing railway induced ground vibrations with mitigation measures on the track. Starting with an overview of the work carried out within RIVAS on track optimisation, the different fundamental phenomena at work in the track were introduced. Numerical models for the prediction of ground-borne vibration were discussed and how they can be applied for the optimisation of track components. Prototypes of optimized resilient elements in combination with appropriate design of the rail fastening system and sleepers were introduced and the first measurement results from laboratory testing were presented. The influence of track defects on vibration generation was shown and possible reduction measures due to optimised track maintenance were discussed.

The second day focussed on reducing ground vibrations by intervention on the transmission path. The fundamental facts governing the transmission of ground-borne vibrations through the soil were explained as they play a major role in design and performance of barriers to surface waves in the ground next to a track. Appropriate measurement procedures for ground-borne vibration have been defined within RIVAS and the subsequent steps for estimating their impact on exposure in buildings and the associated reduction of annoyance to residents have been developed. Various designs of barriers in the ground including jet grouting walls, sheet pile walls and soft trenches have been studied in detail by state-of-the-art computer simulation and based on these results, appropriate test sites were identified. It was demonstrated to the audience how the combination of computer modelling and geotechnical characterisation of ‘vibration hot-spots’ may be used in practice for optimising vibration mitigation measures.

Ample time was reserved for discussion which was extensively used by the participants showing the growing interest in the subject of reducing vibrations and also vibration-induced noise as these two issues attract increasing attention in the wider context of further increasing environmental-friendliness of rail traffic.

For further details please visit the RIVAS website at www.rivas-project.eu.

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Workshop on Connected-DAS and Meeting of the UIC Experts Network on Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions

On 1 March 2017, UIC held a Workshop on Connected-Driving Advisory Systems (C-DAS). The Workshop was hosted by Deutsche Bahn at its BahnTower headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

This workshop brought together Railway Undertakings, Infrastructure Managers, DAS manufacturers and several other stakeholders to discuss the status and the perspectives of Connected-DAS in railways.

The workshop started with input from the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), presenting the activities of the Agency concerning C-DAS and Automatic Train Operation (ATO).

The programme continued with a series of round tables: in the first, manufacturers such as TransRail, Knorr-Bremse and AVP Technologies showcased their solutions for C-DAS. After lunch, it was the turn of Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings to present their experiences and their needs, focusing on why they need a Connected-DAS with respect to a standalone DAS. The round tables included presentations from DB Netz, ÖBB, Infrabel, Trafikverket, SBB, SNCF and NS.

In the last session of the day, the workshop featured input from other projects: a demonstration of RailML, results from the ONTIME project (in particular regarding deliverable 6.1) and a presentation by Comillas University on communication for energy metering.

After the end of the Workshop, several UIC member railways participated in the kick-off meeting for the SFERA project, a UIC project aimed to standardise the communication with Connected-DAS systems in order to facilitate interoperability among manufacturers, Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings.

All the presentations of the workshop are available for members in the Sustainability Workspace of the UIC Extranet.

On the next day, 2 March 2017, the UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network held their first meeting of the year, also at the Bahn-Tower in Berlin. The meeting featured a discussion on indicators to report greenhouse gas emissions, with the collaboration of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as guest speaker; an update on the political situation in Brussels provided by the Community of European Railways (CER) and a report on UIC activities such as the “Sustainability in Stations” Project and the revision of Leaflet 930.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

craven at uic.org

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Workshop on DAS/ATO and energy efficiency held on 10 February 2016 at UIC HQ

A UIC workshop dedicated to Driving Advisory Systems (DAS) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and their advantages in terms of energy savings was organised on 10 February by UIC at its headquarters in Paris.

The workshop, opened by Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the UIC Fundamental Values Department, was moderated and supported by Roland Nolte, Managing Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin.

The workshop was an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experiences on the best practice of eco-driving in the railways and the most innovative technologies and experiences on the topic.

More than 45 participants took part in the workshop. A first discussion panel included presentations in commercial DAS products and ATO systems. Experts from the main companies related to the topic such as Cubris, Transrail, Knorr-Bremse, Alstom and AVP-RZD presented the main advantages of these technologies.

A second block included the experiences of B-Logistics and SJ drivers involved in eco-driving programmes and DAS software developments, presenting the procedures and the main results achieved to improve energy efficiency.

Furthermore, railway undertakings and infrastructure managers presented the main programmes developed and the interactions between the traffic management centres and train operations using eco-driving programmes, DAS developments and the requirements for connected DAS. Experiences from Infrabel, RZD, JR, DB, SBB, SNCF and OBB were presented at this panel.

A final part included a fruitful discussion between the participants on the performance and management of eco-driving, including DAS and ATO, addressing the main advantages, barriers and challenges for the development and improvement of these technologies, standards requirements over the next 10 years.

The workshop provided the participants with a special opportunity to network and to meet the main actors involved in the sector.

All the workshop presentations are available at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1483&var_mode=calcul

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

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Workshop on DAS/ATO and energy efficiency to be held on 10 February 2016 at UIC

A UIC workshop dedicated to Driving Advisory Systems (DAS) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and their advantages in terms of energy consumption savings will be held on 10th February at UIC Headquarters in Paris.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experiences on best practices of eco-driving in the railways and the most innovative technologies and experiences on the topic.

Experts in commercial products, research, railway undertakings and infrastructure managers will have a special chance to meet and exchange best practices on all related aspects during the dedicated technical session, including experience provided by rail experts involved in train operations.

Technical presentations on the performance and management of eco-driving including DAS and ATO will be followed by fruitful discussions that will allow for benchmarking as well as sharing best practices.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1483&var_mode=calcul

We look forward to seeing you in Paris on 10 February 2016.

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

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Workshop on DAS/ATO and Energy Efficiency to be held on 10 February 2016 at UIC Headquarters

A UIC workshop dedicated to Driving Advisory Systems (DAS) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and their advantages in terms of energy savings will be held on 10 February at UIC Headquarters in Paris.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experience and best practice of eco-driving in the railways and the most innovative technologies and experiences on the topic.

The workshop will be moderated and supported by Roland Nolte, Managing Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin, who has participated in relevant rail and UIC related projects, such as EVENT or RailEnergy.

Experts in commercial DAS products, drivers involved in eco-driving programme developments, and manufacturers involved in ATO designs, will take part in the workshop. In addition, railway undertakings and infrastructure managers will have a special chance to meet and exchange best practices on all related aspects during the dedicated technical session.

Technical presentations on the performance and management of eco-driving including DAS and ATO will be followed by fruitful discussions that will allow for benchmarking as well as sharing best practice and the possibility of standardising these issues.

The final programme of the workshop will include the following points (see right).

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1483

We look forward to seeing you in Paris on 10 February 2016!

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

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Workshop on Energy Efficiency of Parked Trains and Refurbishment of Rolling Stock to be held on 8 June 2016 in the Netherlands

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A UIC workshop dedicated to Energy Efficiency of Parked Trains and Refurbishment of Rolling Stock will be held on 8 June at the NS offices in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and experts to exchange experiences on best practices, procedures and technologies on the management of parked trains regarding energy efficiency and the refurbishment of rail rolling stock.

Representatives from the supply industry and managers of rail companies involved in energy efficiency programmes dedicated to this topic will take part in the workshop. The workshop will be an excellent opportunity for railway companies to meet and exchange best practices on all related aspects during the dedicated technical session.

Technical presentations on the performance and management of energy efficiency of parked trains and refurbishment of rolling stock will be followed by fruitful discussions allowing benchmarking as well as sharing best practices and possible challenges. The programme will include a technical visit to railway facilities.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1485

We look forward to seeing you in Haarlem (Netherlands) on 8 June.

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

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Workshop on Energy Efficiency of Parked Trains and Refurbishment of Rolling Stock to be held on 8 June 2016 in the Netherlands

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A UIC workshop dedicated to Energy Efficiency of Parked Trains and Refurbishment of Rolling Stock will be held on 8 June at the NS offices in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and experts to exchange experiences on best practices, procedures and technologies on the management of parked trains regarding energy efficiency and the refurbishment of rail rolling stock.

A first panel will include feedback from UIC members on the management of parked trains aiming to reduce energy consumption. A second session will address the available technologies on the refurbishment of rolling stock focusing on the potential improvements to energy efficiency; this second session will include presentations from the representatives of the supply industry.

The workshop will be an excellent opportunity for railway companies to meet and exchange best practices on all related aspects during the dedicated technical session.

The technical presentations will be followed by fruitful discussions allowing benchmarking as well as sharing best practices and possible challenges.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1485

We look forward to seeing you in Haarlem (Netherlands) on 8 June.

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

castanares at uic.org

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Workshop on Energy Recovery held on 29 September 2015 in Madrid

The UIC Workshop dedicated to Energy Recovery was held in Madrid on Tuesday 29 September at the Spanish Railway Foundation Headquarters in the Palace of Fernán Núñez in Madrid. More than 15 speakers presented the latest research, best practices and developments on energy recovery to over 50 participants attending the event.

The workshop, opened by Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of Fundamental Values of UIC, was divided into four panels with an initial one dedicated to introducing the framework on standards and potential savings measured using energy metre systems. The following panels included the main developments in the fields of infrastructure, rolling stock and operations (driving and communications between the rail sub-systems).

Managers, advisors and professional specialists from rail operators, infrastructure managers, manufacturers, universities and consulting companies received the latest data, experiences, and best practices on energy recovery in the railways. Flywheels, reversible substations, DAS, batteries, and smart grids, connected to the Merlin Project, were some of the main topics presented. The workshop also included the comparison of recovery technologies of rail to other types of transport such as cars and tramways.

The workshop ended with two technical visits to specialist facilities. The first one, to the Renfe training centre for drivers, showed how regenerative braking and speed management, depending on the profile of the line, are included in the software used in the driving simulators. The participants had the opportunity to test the simulators and to check the energy consumptions during a driving exercise with the Renfe trainers.

The second technical visit to the Metro de Madrid charging point for electric cars enabled the participants to learn about the latest project on charging points for electric vehicles using the energy produced during the braking of the Metro vehicles. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to discuss charging a hybrid car used as taxi with the representative of Metro de Madrid involved in the development of the project and a user of this point.

Energy recovery is a technology implemented in the railways for more than 30 years which has relevant energy savings. Implementation of regenerative braking in the rolling stock is widely deployed in the current fleet of rail operators and tools such as metering, DAS and Smart Grids can increase the efficient use of regenerated energy.

All presentations from the workshop are available at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1480

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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Workshop on Energy Recovery to be held on 29 September 2015 in Madrid

The UIC workshop dedicated to Energy Recovery will be held on 29 September at the Spanish Railways Foundation Headquarters in Madrid. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experiences on best practices of the main interfaces and progress on energy recovery in the railways, as well as the future and potential of energy recovery savings, and to learn alongside experienced operators and infrastructure managers.

Experts in technology, research and data collection on energy recovery from around the railway world will have the special chance to meet and exchange on best practices on all aspects of this topic during the technical dedicated session, including a technical visit to dedicated facilities.

Technical presentations on the performance and management of the energy recovery (legal and standard frame, infrastructure, rolling stock, driving, etc.) will be presented and will be followed by fruitful discussions that will allow for benchmarking as well as sharing best practices.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:
http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1478&var_mode=calcul

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid on 29 September 2015.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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Workshop on Energy Recovery to be held on 29 September 2015 in Madrid

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The UIC workshop dedicated to Energy Recovery will be held on 29 September at the Spanish Railways Foundation Headquarters in Madrid. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experiences on best practices of the main interfaces and progress on energy recovery in the railways, as well as the future and potential of energy recovery savings, and to learn alongside experienced operators and infrastructure managers.

Experts in technology, research and data collection on energy recovery from around the railway world will have the special chance to meet and exchange on best practices on all aspects of this topic during the technical dedicated session, including a technical visit to dedicated facilities.

Technical presentations on the performance and management of the energy recovery (legal and standard frame, infrastructure, rolling stock, driving, etc.) will be presented and will be followed by fruitful discussions that will allow for benchmarking as well as sharing best practices.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1478&id_donnee=0&id_article=1478#form341

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid on 29 September 2015.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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Workshop on non-traction energy consumption and related CO2 emissions from the European railway sector

How to improve energy efficiency when dealing with non-traction energy consumption? On average the energy related to non-traction issues accounts for 15% of overall consumption. Nevertheless the saving potential linked to this field has still not been thoroughly investigated. Following the Study on Non-Traction Energy Consumption and related CO2 emissions from the European railway sector, UIC is organising a one-day workshop to present the results of this study together with a comprehensive view of the main activities within this field.

It provides an overview of the composition of non-traction energy consumption, the state-of-the-art legislation, key performance indicators, innovative solutions and good practice from members in the field of non-traction energy. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the course of action and next steps to further improve your energy efficiency!

Date and venue:
19 June 2012, 9.30 – 16.30, at UIC in Paris, France

Who should participate?
Technical experts from all UIC members working with optimising energy efficiency of daily operations, upgrade and overhaul of:

  • Stations and concessions
  • Workshops, depots and service buildings
  • Heating of switches
  • Lighting of infrastructure, signalling, telecom, traffic control and data centres
  • Administration and offices

Why you should participate – workshop themes:

  • Exchange of good practice, new innovations and latest technologies
  • Conclusions from the recent UIC study on non-traction energy
  • Pre-benchmarking and state-of-the-art indicators for non-traction
  • Knowledge exchange sessions on “stations and workshops” and “technical railway operations”
  • Networking and professional discussions

Registration and more information

Please register by 10 June at:
http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article2952

The preliminary agenda is available at the same link.

For more information please contact: aneris at uic.org

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Workshop on Sustainable Mobility and Network Meeting to be held on 27 April 2016 at UIC Headquarters in Paris

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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 the 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 on this subject. The audience will hear from the most innovative door-to-door solutions.
The second session on “Railways and Green Tourism” will provide an insight into how the digital market can help to combine rail offers with a more customised demand.
The third session on “Relations with customers 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 on “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.

The outcome of this workshop will be the guidelines for defining ideas and proposals for UIC projects run between 2016-2018.

Participation is free of charge – please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3439

We look forward to seeing you in Paris on 27 April!

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Workshop on the new Guidelines G4 of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies – 23 April 2015, Paris

On 23 April 2015, UIC held a Workshop on the Implementation of the new G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies, moderated and supported by Glenn Frommer.

Glenn Frommer is Managing Partner of ESG Matters Ltd and the Head of Corporate Sustainability for a major public transport organisation. Over 20 years he pioneered and implemented the organisational policies, strategies and programmes for environment, sustainability and CSR. He is a 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. The emphasis on what is material encourages organisations to provide only information that is critical to their business and stakeholders. This means organisations and report users can concentrate on the sustainability impacts that matter, resulting in reports that are more strategic, more focused, more credible, and easier for stakeholders to navigate.

On Thursday 23 April, more than 10 UIC members attended the workshop which took place at the UIC Headquarters in Paris. The workshop presented an overview of the G4 and the Gap Assessment as a basis for discussion and building consensus on a common approach to identify key challenges for the rail sector.

The main points discussed during the workshop were how to identify the materiality indicators for reporting, how to ensure stakeholder engagement in the reporting process and the analysis of current best practices in rail reporting. Participants reviewed the UIC Reporting Guideline and related material available on the UIC website and conducted a Gap Assessment between those documents and the new G4 Guidelines.

Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainability Unit, opened the workshop and introduced Glenn Frommer to the participants, who discuss actively the main gaps and challenges for rail companies in the reporting process. The case studies from FS, NS, and NSB were analysed in order to identify strengths and weakness of the sustainability reporting.

Participants in the workshop exchanged opinions regarding the future worldwide and regional trends on the topic, and how the legal frame, stakeholders and big corporations are increasing their demands on the quality and standardisation of sustainability reporting.

With regard to the final output of the workshop, ESG Matters Ltd will compile railway experiences and the main points to be improved. The compilation of information set out in a short handbook will provide guidelines for the implementation of the GRI G4 Guidelines.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares at uic.org

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