“Rail freight is way cleaner than road freight. It indeed generates nine times fewer greenhouse gas emissions than road freight does. Fostering rail freight is key to achieve the Paris agreements and the Green Deal climate goals.”
“We are then all committed to relaunch rail freight as far as possible. We look forward to building synergies between the different transport modes: maritime transport for heavy and long distances, railway transport across borders and along corridors, and road transport for the last miles”
Following a first videoconference meeting which took place on Tuesday 5 May, Karima Delli, the chairwoman of the ‘transport and tourism’ committee of the European Parliament, together with the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) and the CEOs of the European rail freight transport companies members of the Rail Freight Forward Initiative, have decided to set up a new coalition of rail freight.
While rail freight lies within the cleanest transport modes when it comes to transport of goods, fostering modal shift across the EU appears to be a matter of top priority. It is one of the solutions to comply with the ambitions of the Green Deal as well as our climate goals.
The current polycrisis that affects the whole World has however had significant impacts on the overall economy, then on rail freight too. The sector needs to be supported to be able to survive this crisis and to meet our expectations on sustainability over the upcoming months, which could lead to an effective European green logistic chain.
The rail freight coalition aims at working on the ways to encourage modal shift and rail freight, with the ambition to increase the modal share of rail freight in Europe from currently 18% to 30% by 2030 and beyond. It is then about reversing the current trend which has been tending to let rail freight down.
The stakeholders have identified four working issues:
Delli Karima, Chairwoman of the ‘transport’ committee of the European Parliament
Doppelbauer Josef, Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA)
Bednárik Ivan, ČD Cargo
Debaisieux Nicolas, RailCoop
Del Carmen Rincón María, Renfe
Delorme Frederic, SNCF
Engstrand Gustaf, Tågföretagen
Flore Sven, SBB Cargo
Foerst Clemens, RailCargo
Giaconia Maria Annunziata, Mercitalia
Mandl Andreas, LTE Group
Maslikov Yuriy, MT Group
Nikutta Sigrid, DB
Pauwels Geert, Lineas
Söderholm Ted, Green Cargo
Stahl Dirk, BLS
Vozár Martin, ZSSK Cargo
Warsewicz Czesław, PKP Cargo
Zenner Laurence, CFL Cargo
Feighan Conor, European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
Lochman Libor, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)