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Sustainable Rail - Articles and news items

Making ProRail more sustainable

Issue 2 2017 / 19 March 2017 /

ProRail – the Dutch railway network operator – is passionate about sustainability. But a completely sustainable railway doesn’t just materialise overnight. Small incremental steps are being taken every day with significant progress being made in several key areas. In this article for European Railway Review, Karen te Boome, Manager of Environment and Sustainability at ProRail, highlights the strides that have been taken within the Netherlands’ rail network and its carriers toward its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.

SBB – on track towards energy efficiency

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

Travelling by train uses four times less energy than driving a car and utilises 90% hydropower too. Swiss Federal Railways AG (SBB) already makes a major contribution to sustainable mobility – and will continue to do so in the future. However, it also remains the largest consumer of electricity in Switzerland and, due to the ongoing expansion of services, still more traction power will ultimately be needed. This article, from Oliver Johner, Head of SBB’s Energy Saving Programme, addresses the ambitious plans of the Swiss rail company to achieve greater energy efficiency.

Industry welcomes UN High-level Advisory Group’s sustainable transport report

Rail industry news / 31 October 2016 /

The United Nations High-Level Advisory Group has issued a number of recommendations in a new report entitled “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development”.

Destination: Efficiency
Arrival Time: Spring 2017

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 1 September 2016 /

Claire Yeates, Director at Waterscan – an independent consultancy specialising in water sustainability – discusses the impact of next year’s overhaul of the English water supply market and explains how the rail industry can benefit from the opportunity.

TRAN Committee adopts Sustainable Urban Mobility Report

Rail industry news / 11 November 2015 /

The European Parliament TRAN Committee has voted to adopt a proposed Sustainable Urban Mobility Report emphasising the urgent need to make transport more sustainable.

Foreword: Taking the Swedish rail sector into the future

Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /

One of my top priorities as Minister for Infrastructure in the Swedish Government is to make our railways work better for commuters and goods. Being successful here is an integral part of our government’s agenda to create more jobs and increase our exports, at the same time as we cut emissions…

Sustainable Rail Developments supplement

Supplements / 4 August 2015 /

In this free-to-view online-only supplement, Chief Procurement Officers from DB, SNCF and NS discuss the Railsponsible initiative, the MERLIN project gets assessed, and the Eress leaders take a look at what’s next for Erex…

Improved lighting at Rainhill station increases satisfaction

Rail industry news / 10 February 2015 /

A new and innovative lighting system at one of the UK’s most well-known railway heritage sites is pushing Northern Rail’s pioneering approach to sustainability into the limelight. In an interview for European Railway Review, Euan Hilton, Utilities Contracts and Data Manager at Northern Rail, provides more information on how the operator has improved lighting at Rainhill station and thus increased customer and employee satisfaction…

A holistic approach to sustainability on Crossrail

Issue 6 2014 / 3 December 2014 /

At £15 billion, Crossrail in the UK is the largest infrastructure project in Europe. The new railway will connect 40 stations across London, including Heathrow Airport and Reading in the west with Canary Wharf, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. Crossrail will add 10% extra rail capacity for London and bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London’s key business districts. The estimated benefit of Crossrail to the UK economy is at least £42 billion. Sustainability Manager, Dr Michael de Silva, explains how Crossrail is committed to building this new railway in a way that provides a lasting economic, environmental and social sustainability legacy…

Why railway transport matters to sustainability goals

Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /

Transport poses two major sustainability challenges: greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and dependence on imported oil. Railway transportation has very favourable characteristics on both counts, making modal shift in favour of rail a naturally attractive policy goal.

Rail Sustainability supplement 2014

Supplements / 4 April 2014 /

In this exclusive online only Sustainability supplement, Alex Veitch from the Rail Delivery Group writes about the progress and challenges of rail sustainability in the UK; Libor Lochman from the CER assesses how rail transport matters to sustainability goals; Sharon Vye-Parminter highlights the important South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance; and João Morais Sarmento from REFER discusses sustainable experience for environmental management…

Foreword: Providing a firstclass service in the heart of Europe

Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /

Since its last elections which took place in October 2013, Luxembourg has a new government and I am very happy to be in charge of Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Mobility. As a matter of fact, sustainable development is a significant factor of the Luxembourgish governmental programme and we will take a close look at how to guarantee the coherence of the different sectors with a view to reach the priorities and objectives fixed among others in the second national plan for sustainable development. This sustainable development is conditioned by an interaction of economic, social, cultural and ecologic dimensions while conciliating the legitimated interests of the present and future generations. The new government will give high priority to the elimination of bottlenecks which currently hamper both professional and recreational mobility. The aim is to give public transport a higher priority. In this respect a local integrated transport strategy called ‘Gentle Mobility’ will be considered which aims to promote walking, cycling and public transport and to limit car use.

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