In-Depth Focus: Decarbonising Rail

Posted: 27 August 2020 | | 1 comment

The rail industry is under pressure to reduce its emissions and meet global government sustainability targets. This In-Depth Focus will explore how a modal shift to rail would help to achieve these goals, and how solutions such as alternative powered trains will play a key part.

IDF - Decarbonising Rail

Included in this In-Depth Focus:

  • Right on track: Clean mobility by 2030

Axel Schuppe, General Manager of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB), considers what needs to be done in order to achieve progress in reducing emissions in rail transportation.

  • Why rail will take centre stage in the decarbonisation of transport

Zoe McLernon, Policy Manager of Multimodal at Logistics UK, explains how a modal shift to rail would help achieve environmental targets and explores the challenges that lie ahead for the complete decarbonisation of rail travel.

  • Making rail ever-more sustainable: Strategies and opportunities

Tommaso Spanevello – Public Affairs Manager at UNIFE, responsible for innovation policy, digitalisation and sustainable and urban mobility – explains the future of rail transport in the context of the European Green Deal.

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    One response to “In-Depth Focus: Decarbonising Rail”

    1. Peter Egan says:

      The time is right for development of battery powered locomotives (drones) for mainline and metro work. There will be a huge infrastructure saving and an increase in the ‘transit space’. 10MWh (50-60 tonne) per loco/drone will deliver 2 to 8 hours operation depending on the task. Automated loco/drone swap at dedicated locations will make it efficient. Likely more energy efficient that current overhead wire/third rail systems.

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