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Judit Sandor - Articles and news items

Sustainability supplement 2013 (free to view)

Issue 2 2013, Supplements / 1 April 2013 /

Fair competition for sustainable railways (Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport)
Towards greener and cleaner rail diesel vehicles (Judit Sandor, Sustainability and Environment Manager, UNIFE / Roberto Palacin, Senior Researcher and Head of the Rail Systems Group, NewRail / Henning Schwarz, Senior Consultant, Environment and Sustainability, Deutsche Bahn Environment Centre / Christian Kamburow, IZT (Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment) / Michael Meinert, Head of R&D Group Energy Storage Systems, Siemens AG, Infrastructure and Cities Sector)

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector: A perspective from UNIFE

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

The European transport sector is facing a serious challenge. While other European industry sectors have managed to reduce emissions in recent years – those of the transport sector are still growing.

Today, transport accounts for almost a fifth of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (see Figure 1 opposite). It is clear that in order to meet the emission targets set out by the European Commission – e.g. in the framework of the EU Energy and Climate Package (20% reduction of overall CO2 emissions by 2020 in Europe), or those that can be expected to feature in the upcoming White Paper on Transport – the European transport sector will have to work very hard in becoming serious about lowering emissions.

CleanER-D puts diesel propulsion on the right track

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

The European railway network is the densest in the world and features the highest percentage of electrification – nearly 50%. Approximately 80% of total transport volume is hauled on the electrified part of the network. Nevertheless, diesel traction plays an important role in providing rail services and serves as the backbone of railway operation in countries with little electrification, such as the UK, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Ireland and Greece. Diesel locomotives have key importance for freight transportation and the liberalisation of the freight market.

The environmental benefit that rail carries over other modes of transport is a vital precondition in ensuring social and political support for this mode of transport. Although air pollutant emissions from the railways only contribute a small proportion of total emissions from the transport sector, rail diesel exhaust emissions are increasingly attracting the attention of the public and authorities alike.