Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge

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Name of initiative Low-Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address https://uic.org/cooperation-with-the-united-nations#UIC-Low-Carbon-Rail-Transport-Challenge
Related initiatives
Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat Nickolas Craven, Union Internacional de Chemin de fer (UIC),16 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France, Tel: +33 (0)6 09 81 26 76, e-mail: craven@uic.org
Organisational structure Governance is managed by the UIC Environment, Energy and Sustainability Platform. This is a global forum that meets 2 times per year with a budget of approx $1M to cover a program of work including the initiative and other sustainability projects.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Union Internacional de Chemin de fer (UIC)
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description UIC, the International Railway Association is proposing a transport sector challenge in the framework of the green growth agenda and climate change perspective for 2030 and 2050. 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.
Objectives To reduce specific final energy consumption from train operations by: 50% reduction by 2030 and 60% reduction by 2050 (relative to a 1990 baseline);

To reduce specific average CO2 emissions from train operations by: 50% reduction by 2030 and 75% reduction by 2050 (relative to a 1990 baseline); Rail share of passenger transport (passenger/km) to achieve a: 50% increase by 2030 and 100% increase, a doubling by 2050 (relative to a 2010 baseline); Rail share of freight land transport (tonne/km) to be: equal with road by 2030 and 50% greater than road by 2050.

Activities Outreach and coalition building:

• Organized the Train to Paris and actively participated in COP22. • Creation of the Climate Responsibility Pledge Capacity building: • Held workshops on rail adaption in London, Beijing, and Agadir under the RailAdapt Project • Organized workshops on energy efficiency in the rail sector Knowledge development: • Developed the Environment Strategy Reporting System (ESRS)

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Advocacy
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals After COP21 77 CEOs representing the majority of the worlds rail activity have signed the UIC Climate Responsibility Pledge detailing a commitment to 4 actions; 1. to reduce specific energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and through this contribute to the “UIC Low Carbon Rail Transport Challenge” and its global 2030/2050 targets, 2. Stimulate modal shift to rail in national and international markets, 3. actively communicate climate friendly initiatives, 4. report data on specific energy consumption and CO2 emissions to UIC on a regular basis.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative Energy, CO2 and production data are collected directly from railway companies using a dedicated on line website www.co2-data.org which feeds UIC ESRS (Environmental Strategy Reporting System see http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/1990-2030_environment_strategy_reporting_system.pdf) and also allows railways to benchmarking their progress. These are reported annually in a joint publication with the International Energy Agency.

Data on modal share are derived from the International Energy Agency database.

Available reporting An annual Reporting on the initiative’s progress with third party verification of data will commence in 2016. It will also develop a global registry of modal shift projects and an energy efficiency roadmap for 2030 & 2050 in order to measure and monitor progress of the rail transport challenge.

Reporting in the annual PPMC report: http://www.ppmc-transport.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-MPGCA-Transport-Initiatives-Report_Final.pdf For detailed analysis refer to the UIC-IEA Handbook on Energy & CO2 Emissions, see http://uic.org/IMG/pdf/iea-uic_railway_handbook_2016_web.pdf.


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National states 0
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Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
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Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Not only have national states as participators