Environmental sustainability is a hot topic in every sector of every country right now; and rightly so. In the transport area, they have been responsible for almost one quarter of the worldwide carbon dioxide emissions and have been on the increase since 1990. Road traffic is the major cause of the increase, but almost every sector continues to pollute, with the exception of railways. The focus on investing in technologies that reduce CO2 in the railways have created a situation where they are now the benchmark of success within the transportation section.
In the last two decades, railways have brought such a high level of energy efficiency improvement that the data in 2009 showed that it cost 13% less energy to move a passenger and 19% less to move a ton of product one kilometer as compared to 1990. That is a real statement on energy emissions reduction. The railway companies and their associations around the globe have recognized and met the challenges and they have plans to continue moving people and the products that we use in even more environmentally friendly ways. The IEA and the UIC work together with over two hundred railway organizations to maintain the discussions, plans and implementations of technologies that will be earth friendly. Few, if any, transportation groups have escalated the importance of energy emissions reductions in the same high priority way as the railway transportation has. They stand as an example of what can be done when the right decisions are made, but the best people.
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We hear so much bad news about the environment and lack of corporate responsibility that it’s good to get some positive news about at least one industry that seems to care. It’s especially great that they have organized with others around the world to set up rules and guidelines and even better that everyone participating wants to be part of it.June 24th, 2013 at 8:16 am
I see the commercials on television all the time about how little it costs for train transportation and I agree it seems like they are the only ones out there that are trying to do as much as they are for the environment. I always thought trains caused a lot of pollution, but it sounds like they are doing a fantastic job reversing that whole thing.June 23rd, 2013 at 8:52 am
This is excellent. Always good to hear that someone in transportation has taken the lead in watching out for global health. Imagine what it would be like if every industry took on this challenge and overcame the obstacles to create a truly world wide effort. I don’t use the train to travel, but I know that so much of the stuff we buy is transported on trains.June 22nd, 2013 at 1:28 pm