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When it comes to environmentally-friendly travel, rail wins by far. Trains contribute to far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other forms of transportation. But the rail industry is still under pressure to reduce its carbon footprint further to meet governmental mobility climate change targets.
How are rail organisations working to be more sustainable and what projects and developments are in the spotlight helping the industry meet targets?
As of 2020, CFL cargo Deutschland GmbH has introduced 100 per cent clean, renewable electricity for use on all of its trains.
Following the approval, multiple transport infrastructure projects will benefit from significant investment, including three rail projects.
SFBW has ordered a total of 20 battery-powered Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility for operation in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The Swedish Transport Administration has awarded a consultancy contract for new high-speed rail lines planned between Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
Following the EC's proposal that 2021 should be the European Year of Rail, the European Rail Freight Association has welcomed the proposition due to the positive implications for rail freight.
The official Invitation to Tender will provide the East West Railway Company with an interim solution whilst developing a sustainable rail line.
In six years of operation, the Renfe-SNCF high-speed train service between Spain and France has enabled half a million tonnes of carbon emission reductions.
Research by HS1 Ltd has found that high-speed train travel between the UK and Europe has enabled a yearly emission reduction of 750,000 tonnes of carbon.
To support the delivery of its European Green Deal objectives for the transport sector, the European Commission has proposed to make 2021 the 'European Year of Rail'.
Clayton Equipment have agreed on a contract to supply Sellafield Ltd with two emission-free Hybrid+™ CBD80 shunting locomotives.
Following the introduction of free water fountains at UK stations, Network Rail has saved the equivalent of three million plastic bottles from landfill.
Keolis is the first private commuter rail operator in the United States to earn the APTA Gold Sustainability Award.
In response to the European Commission's EU Green Deal, European rail CEOs recently met in Brussels to discuss the new approach to sustainable mobility.
The new train sets for DSB will contribute to supporting a further reduction of carbon emissions from rail transport in Denmark.