The UIC Low Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge On the low carbon track 2

On the low carbon track

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This challenge sets out ambitious but achievable targets for improvement of rail sector energy efficiency, reductions in GHG emissions and a more sustainable balance between transport modes. The UIC challenge is supported by UIC’s 240 member railway companies based in 95 countries worldwide. Implementation of the challenge will result in:

  • 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from train operations by 2030, and 75% reduction by 2050 (specific average CO2 relative to a 1990 base line – ie. reduction of emissions per passenger/km + tonne/km)
  • 50% reduction in energy consumption from train operations by 2030, and 60% reduction by 2050 (specific final energy relative to 1990 baseline) 50% increase in rail’s share of passenger transportation by 2030 and doubling by 2050 (2010 baseline)
  • Rail freight activity equal to that of road freight by 2030, and exceeding road freight volumes by 50% by 2050. Plus company level commitment signed by the CEO of the world’s major railways the ‘Railway climate responsibility pledge

Focal point: Nick Craven, International Union of Railways

2016 Activities

In 2016 Annual Reporting progress with third party verification of data will be commenced, a global register of modal shift projects is to be developed as well as an energy efficiency roadmap for 2030 & 2050.


UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge Action Plan: