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Rail's Green and Inclusive Transport

9 May 2016
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Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General

COP21 highlighted the decisive role that transport can play in sustainable development.

The transport sector represents around 25% of CO2 emissions and the outlook for the mobility of goods and people is expected to increase over the coming decades.

At global level it is essential that transport commits to finding ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as energy consumption.

Against this background, the railway represents 2% of this 25% and is therefore a particularly efficient and sustainable mode of transport.

A number of efforts have already been made to achieve this result; however during COP21, UIC on behalf of the world’s networks issued a declaration to reduce these emissions and energy consumption even further and to promote modal shift.

This modal shift is part of a new strategy of inclusive transport policy and a new mix of transport modes aiming to maximise the advantages of each mode in conjunction with one another.

This is thus a logistics chain which aims to improve its energy performance and in this context the railways form an important backbone for intercity routes or for large inter-regional and inter-continental corridors in conjunction with the other most relevant modes to promote either urban penetration or access in precautionary areas, or complimentary with maritime routes between ports, or flight paths between airports.

It is through this new approach that all transport modes will show their commitment to improve their performance and work towards this aim by tying their efforts in with those of the United Nations to promote sustainable accessibility at global level.   

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