Interview with Dr Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Mobility Division, Siemens AG

As a railway supplier, what impact does COP21 have on your development strategy?

It’s important that the G7 has agreed on global decarbonisation and that this consensus will be emphasised by a global agreement in Paris. To help decarbonise the world economy, Siemens Mobility will contribute with electrification, modal shifts and energy efficiency.

In order to reach decarbonisation goals, more and more rail traffic will have to be electrified – and the power will have to come from renewable sources. There will have to be an increase in modal shifts from road to rail, both for passenger and freight – and around the globe. These two factors present new markets and business opportunities for us. Of course, this also means having more variants to address the regionally differing markets. Energy cost is already a key buying factor for our customers today. So our intensified R&D efforts for increasing energy efficiency will undoubtedly pay off.

Energy efficiency has long been a central topic for us, and our Mobility location in Krefeld, Germany, offers a good example of what can be achieved. We have invested around four million euros there in things like a combined heat and power plant, and building automation and energy management systems. These measures have paid for themselves after just four years.

To illustrate the importance of climate protection for Siemens, we are proud of having achieved the highest possible score in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for the transparency of the Siemens’ reporting on the opportunities and risks associated with climate change.
By 2030, Siemens intends to become the world’s first major industrial concern to attain a neutral CO2 balance.

In your research and development strategy, what actions are specifically influenced by the objectives of sustainable development and climate change?

We have identified two major trends that drive the mobility business: urbanisation and demographic change. Both would lead to a major increase in energy consumption – unless we do something about it. Our efforts have begun with our rolling stock. We are steadily reducing the weight of car bodies and bogies, which makes them more energy-efficient and at the same time increases their payload. One good example here is our Desiro City train for the Thameslink line in Greater London. Through lightweight construction and intelligent systems, we were able to reduce the train’s weight by 25 percent – which makes it more energy-efficient. In fact, the trains use up to 50% less energy than comparable existing platforms.

Similarly, in our new ICx train, sophisticated innovations such as the combined use of lightweight trailer bogies with inside bearings and weight-optimised power bogies help reduce weight and energy consumption. The ICx uses up to 30% less energy per passenger than the ICE 1 and has a superior weight-to-seat ratio.

What cooperation do you expect from rail operators in this context to ensure the success of trains in the future?

It has always been our goal to comply with our customers’ wishes and to deliver the products they want. In our experience, railway operators care deeply about the future success of trains, and they know best what’s needed to ensure that success. So we listen to them, and when it comes to the sustainable operation of trains, they tell us that two things are key: increased throughput and increased capacity.

Our goal, then, is to innovate according to our customers’ wishes. One key factor in increasing a system’s capacity and throughput is digitalisation. Modern, fully automated CBTC-based train control systems, increase throughput and transport capacity for existing as well as new metro lines. And on mainline train operation, the Driver Advisory System (DAS) helps drivers by continually provided them with recommendations for improving their train’s operation. In the end, this improves the energy efficiency. In our Thameslink trains, for instance, which for the first time use a train control system combining ETCS level 2 and ATO, the DAS can combine wayside data such as permitted maximum speed, stations, and timetable data; and on the basis of this data, it calculates the optimal speed of a train and accordingly advises the driver visually and in real-time. The objective is to have each train driven on each route at an optimal speed in order to reduce energy consumption and wear on the trains. DAS achieves energy savings of around 15 percent.

We are convinced we have come nowhere near exhausting the potential of digitalisation in our business. Digitalisation offers unprecedented opportunities to make rail even more competitive and ecofriendly.


Dr Jochen Eickholt is CEO of Siemens Mobility Division (effective 1 October 2014).

Eickholt started his professional career in 1989 at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology. In 1999 he joined Siemens, starting as CEO of Siemens Elektropristroje s.r.o. in the Czech Republic. After several executive positions within the sales and supply chain management of the Siemens Communications Business and as Board Member of BenQ Mobile International, Eickholt was appointed CEO of the Siemens Home and Office Communications GmbH in 2006. From 2009 – 2012 he served as CEO of the Rail Automation, Mobility & Logistics Division, Infrastructure & Cities Sector.

Eickholt studied electrical engineering at the Rhine-Westphalia University of Technology in Aachen in Germany and at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.

6 Votes

Average rating: 4.17 / 5


China Railway Corporation (CR) and China Academy of Railway Science (CARS) Training Seminar on Rail Transport Fare Policy held from 9 – 12 November 2015 in Paris

A delegation of members of CR and CARS visited France in order to understand and study the French organisation of railway transport, especially for the topics concerning the fare policies in the domains of passenger and freight traffic.

The Chinese delegation was composed of Mr Huang Xin, head of the Department of Price Management at China Railway Corporation, Mr Wang Huaixiang, Deputy Director of the Transportation and Economics Research Institute of CARS.
A dozen economists from CR and CARS also attended the seminar at the central administration of CR and CARS, and also from provincial railway administrations.

The seminar was organised over the four days with the following speakers and subjects:

  • UIC passenger and high speed activities by Mr Marc Guigon, UIC senior advisor, passenger transport
  • Timetable exchanges: Merits and Prifis by Mr Marc Guigon, UIC senior advisor, passenger transport
  • Passenger fare policy and traffic forecast by Mr Michel Leboeuf, SNCF senior advisor
  • Yield management by Mr Michel Leboeuf, SNCF senior advisor
  • Freight policies and market in Europe by Mr Bernard Schmitt, UIC senior advisor, freight department
  • UIC ticketing standards by Mr David Sarfatti, manager of projects, Avancial (subsidiary of SNCF)
  • Ticketing system in Korail by Mr Kidong Kwon, Korail senior advisor
  • The French organisation of transport by Mr Marc Guigon, UIC senior advisor, passenger transport
  • The French organisation of railway freight traffic by Mr Jean-Marc Longequeue, General Manager of Fret SNCF
  • Railway stations in Paris by Mr Fabrice Morenon, Public Affairs and International Development director at SNCF Gares et Connexions
  • Regional transport in France and relationship with local authorities by Ms Valérie Mettavant, head of department Strategy and Development at SNCF Proximités

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

3 Votes

Average rating: 4 / 5


5th RailTopoModel and railML conference held on 4 and 5 November 2015 in Paris

The 5th RailTopoModel and railML user group conference was successfully held at UIC headquarters in Paris on 4 and 5 November, as part of the ERIM Modelling initiative, supported by BLS/ CFL/ CIE/ HZ-INFRA/ JBV/ MAV/ NETWORK-RAIL/ PKP/ RFF/ SBB/ INFRABEL/ SZ/ SZDC/ TRAFIKVERKET/ ZSR, bringing together 70 participants from different backgrounds extending well beyond that of infrastructure management. This major event underlines both the pioneering nature and the level of interest in this approach to the universal modelling of rail infrastructure, in response to immediate needs (Register of Infrastructure, etc.) and future requirements, in view of the growing importance of data structure and management.

Top-ranking speakers Josef Doppelbauer (executive director of ERA), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and Alain Bellot (Fer de France) underlined the value and importance of data access and interoperability for rail users and customers, with the railways facing intense modal competition. They emphasised the appropriateness of a common rail infrastructure model such as RailTopoModel.

A presentation of a draft version of IRS 30100 was given by Mr Andreas Pinzenölher, the culmination of over a year’s work by all the partners in this modelling project with its global vocation.

Alexander Schmidt (SBB) and Beat Rigazzi (BLS) presented an example of how the RailTopoModel has actually been used to encourage the exchange of data between two different railway undertakings.

In the afternoon there were workshops where participants could discuss RailTopoModel developments and their expectations, including topics such as

  • Providing standards to infrastructure managers, rail operators and the rail industry
  • Governing RailTopoModel asset management
  • Developments in RailTopoModel and in the railML data exchange format
  • RailTopoModel data management for simulation realisation
  • Geographical information in the exchange of rail data.

The 5 December session provided the opportunity for the members of the railML users group to discuss the latest developments and innovations in railML data exchange formats, as regards infrastructure, signal interlocking and timetable data in railML 3.0 and railML 2.3 model formats. The railML group has agreed to publish a version of the railML 2.3 scheme in the spring of 2016, followed in the course of 2016 with the railML 3 scheme, after the official publication of IRS 30100 on which it is based.

The railML community has expanded with the integration of two new members from the rail and software engineering sectors. Their new website can be found at:

We invite you to join us for the 6th RailTopoModel conference which will be held at UIC headquarters in Paris on 19 April 2016.

For further information please contact Airy Magnien:

6 Votes

Average rating: 4.67 / 5


How to “switch on” girls to engineering – Network Rail changes its approach to attract women engineers in the light of survey results

The UIC TALENT project (Global Network of Railway Talents) has been set up to tackle the various challenges that the railway industry is facing (ageing population, image problem, war for talent, loss of corporate knowledge, skills mismatches, knowledge transfer...) and support its members in their national approaches and efforts for improving the image of the railway industry, as well as attracting and retaining the best talents. The project endeavours to tackle the following top three priorities:

  • Ensure that knowledge is passed on to the next generation
  • Develop workforce skills/capabilities
  • Attract and retain valued talent

To achieve these targets, the project has been developed around three main pillars:

  • Development of an efficient management development programme to prepare a new generation of railway talents working on domestic and international challenges
  • Creation of a strong & sustainable foundation for fostering international cooperation amongst the talents in the railway sector
  • Promotion of the railway sector and its prospective careers

Rail is still a male dominated industry. Improving diversity is necessary for companies to be successful. It helps companies access a new labour pool and enhances a company’s reputation and image. For many companies, interactions between diverse employees also spark creativity and improve innovation efforts.
Transport and logistics companies have started taking initiatives targeted at women and aiming at gender diversity.

An interesting research related to girls’ attraction to engineering was recently commissioned by Network Rail, the UK rail infrastructure manager.
The results of the study have been published by Innovation Bubble and they reveal that 7-year old girls have an ‘unconscious bias’ against engineering. Moreover, by the age of 14 many girls have completely switched off from engineering as a career option. A series of focus groups with schoolgirls across the UK revealed that the age of 11 is critical to attract girls into engineering as a career.

Network Rail is adopting a new approach to attract women engineers in the light of survey results. For more information on How to switch on girls to engineering, please visit the online TALENT platform

The online TALENT platform is a powerful tool to support the activities of the Global Network of Railway Talents, including the promotion of rail sector at the global level.

You can be part of this challenging project
How can you contribute?

  • You can share news, publications, pictures and events
  • You can share online resources (e-learning modules, portal, websites, toolbox, game, videos…)
  • You can share good practices
  • You can share your ideas/proposals about the development of the network
  • You can launch a discussion/forum on a topic that you would like to share knowledge about
  • You can share your passion about railways, thus inspiring young people to enter this exciting and challenging industry

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Division Expertise Development:

4 Votes

Average rating: 4.5 / 5

News from UIC members

Germany: DB launches digitisation competition and free wireless local area network (WLAN) on the Interregio-Express (IRE) railway service

Deutsche Bahn has launched a competition, the “DB train think tank” (DB BAHN Ideenschmiede).

The competition with the headline “Your digital travel partner of the future – let’s create tomorrow’s way of travelling together” runs until 3 December, and invites registered users on the platform to submit and discuss suggestions for improving train services. The users select the 30 best ideas before a DB expert jury selects three winners who receive an invitation to the DB “d.lab” in Frankfurt as well as a BahnCard 100 worth EUR 4,090. DB aims to develop the three best ideas into prototypes and to realise at least one of the ideas.

The think tank is supposed to continue to be used for the development of new products and services together with the customer. The DB’s digitisation initiative was welcomed by German transport minister Alexander Dorbrindt at a press conference in Berlin. However, he underlined the importance of providing access to mobile and internet reception at all train stations and on all trains.

In addition to the competition, DB is working on another 260 projects for the digitisation of its portfolio. This includes the recently introduced ICE entertainment portal on long-distance trains as well as free wireless local area network (WLAN) access for all passengers on the Interregio-Express (IRE) train between Berlin and Hamburg.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn AG)

1 vote

Average rating: 3 / 5

News from UIC members

Finland: Finnish Transport Agency launches new website

The new website of the Finnish Transport Agency was launched on 29 October. As a result of the reform, the website now offers information about the Agency’s key services in a clearer and more visual manner than before.

“The guideline behind the reform was clarity and ease of use, especially on mobile devices. More than 30% of the traffic on the website already comes from people using mobile devices and tablet computers. We have brought the Finnish Transport Agency up to the year 2015 on the Internet,” said Communications Manager Juha Stjärnstedt.

The content structure of the old website, which served the Agency well, was enhanced, and opportunities for a more visual method of presentation were built into the content. Links to content most searched by visitors, such as our Traffic Situation service, are clearly in view. The reform of the website began with a survey aimed at users, the results of which helped steer the planning of concepts and emphasis for the website. Dozens of Agency employees took part in content production.

We hope that our newly published website will serve its users, citizens interested in traffic, traffic professionals and other stakeholders even better than before. Work to improve the content of the online service will continue after publication, and we value all feedback provided by users.

The technical implementation of the website was carried out by Arcusys Oy. The layout for the website was designed by Solid Angle, and Vapa Media Oy created guidelines for reforming the content.

Since the website was designed especially for mobile use, we advise using the latest versions of browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome, IE 10 and 11. Internet Explorer 8 does not display elements on the site precisely as desired.

(Source: FTA)

3 Votes

Average rating: 4 / 5

News from UIC members

Australia: Multimodal approach for Newcastle with light rail a positive move

On 5 November 2015 the Australasian Railway Association welcomed the announcement by the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure that the government is implementing a modern, integrated transport system for Newcastle, in preparation for delivery with the city’s light rail system.

“This is exactly the transport approach that is needed for Newcastle in order for public transport to reach its full potential. With one major operator integrating Newcastle’s bus, ferry, train and light rail routes into a single network, the city can expect to see greater efficiencies, improved customer service and increased patronage. This will lead to a more sophisticated transport service for the people of Newcastle which delivers directly to their needs,” said Danny Broad, Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Railway Association.

“In Australia and internationally, governments are realising the far-reaching benefits of an integrated transport model. The Australasian Railway Association’s research on light rail shows that whether delivered by the public sector, the private sector, or a mix of both, successfully combining a multimodal network with light rail can drive growth in public transport use.

“Locally, the integration of the Gold Coast Light Rail line with the bus and rail systems was the catalyst for a 25% increase in public transport usage in the first year of light rail. Abroad, in the French city of Lyon, reorganising the buses, trains, trams and trolley buses into a multimodal approach provided an immediate 6% patronage increase and steady long-term growth. It’s pleasing to see Newcastle follow best practice by looking to deliver a modern, streamlined transport network for the city.

“With the Newcastle light rail project getting underway, now is the time to overhaul the transport network in Newcastle in order to get the local economy moving again, as well as revitalise the jobs market and refashion Newcastle’s CBD and urban areas,” said Mr Broad.

(Source: ARA)

1 vote

Average rating: 4 / 5

News from UIC members

Canada: VIA Rail recognized in Chicago

VIA Rail received top honours on October 28, 2015 in Chicago where it was awarded an honorable mention in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) by the Risk Management Society (RIMS), which holds its annual conference in Chicago.

Members of the RIMS selection committee underlined how VIA Rail’s risk management system provides added value to VIA Rail’s operations and also assists its Board of Directors in their oversight role of the company’s activities. The most notable advantages of this system are its ability to better manage and prevent risks, to support the company’s development and growth strategy and to react with agility when a risk materializes.

“This recognition once again confirms that VIA Rail does a remarkable job to anticipate and mitigate risks in the management of its daily business, as much as in the context of its strategic planning,” stated Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail. “The implementation of this approach provides us with benchmarks and guidelines for taking calculated and thoughtful decisions.”

Over the past five years, previous award winners include large organizations such as Harley Davidson (winner, 2013) and Sysco Corporation (honorable mention, 2012). This is the first time that a passenger carrier is on the list of recipients.

Withhis team and with the cooperation of VIA Rail employees, Denis Lavoie, Director of Enterprise Risk Management, developed this innovative approach. He has also been recognized for his leadership in this area in the “Newcomer of the Year” category by the Institute of Risk Management, in London, last February.

In his own words, Denis Lavoie described the importance of this recognition for our risk management policy: “It is a great honour forVIA Rail to receive such an award from the RIMS, since it indicates that our work is sufficiently important to be noticed and recognized.”

VIA Rail’s risk management system has also recently received a Safety Excellence Award, awarded by the Railway Association of Canada.

(Source: VIA Rail)

3 Votes

Average rating: 5 / 5

News from UIC members

United States: First vertical structure at the Fresno River Viaduct

On October 29, 2015 the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and its design-build contractor Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons (TPZP) advanced work on 16 vertical columns that will support the Fresno River Viaduct. The viaduct is the first vertical structure being built as part of the California High-Speed Rail program. Significant construction work at this site began in June and most recently, the construction team has been working to build the 16 columns that will support the approximately 1,600-foot length of the viaduct.

The Fresno River Viaduct will span from Raymond Road to Watson Street in Madera County, crossing over the Fresno River and State Route 145, parallel to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks.

The viaduct is part of Construction Package 1, the first 29-mile construction area that stretches from Avenue 17 in Madera County to East American Avenue in Fresno County. Approximately 75 people will work on completing this structure, including TPZP subcontractors Moore Twining Associates, Becho, Inc., Landavazo Bros., Inc and Schwager Davis, Inc. with materials being supplied by Martinez Steel Corporation and Outback Materials.

For additional images visit

(Source: CHSRA)

1 vote

Average rating: 3 / 5

Russia: Trans-Siberian-China transit-container transportation increased 89% in nine months

This was announced on 12 November 2015 in Vienna, Austria, by President of JSC Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, speaking at the 24th plenary meeting of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT).
According to him, the volume of transit goods on the Trans-Siberian Railway to and from China increased 98% by the end of 2014 and amounted to 55,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). In the first nine months of this year it grew 89% over the same period last year. In total, 66,000 TEU is transported on this route.

Mr Belozerov said that to enhance the competitiveness of container traffic on the Trans-Siberian Railway, tariff regulations have been adopted. In particular, in 2014, at the initiative of the CCTT, the rate for transportation of cargo in 40-foot containers in container trains to and from China through the Brest border crossing fell 42%. These conditions have been maintained in 2015.

In addition, in order to ensure a balance of JSC Russian Railways cargo flows for 2015 on the railway route China-Europe-China, there are now special tariffs for the transit of 20-foot containers in container trains.
For example, the rate for the transportation of a loaded 20-foot container to and from China in the area Krasnoe-Kanisai amounted to CHF 288 instead of 576.

“Providing a substantial discount (factor of 0.7) to the tariff for sending single containerized cargo towards the Grodekovo–Suifenhe border crossing was the start of transit-container transportation from the northern provinces of China through the port to southeast China and Japan”, said Mr Belozerov.

According to him, due to the formation of the strategy of complete container trains and the creation of favourable conditions for their promotion, transit container cargoes along the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2014 rose to 131 000 TEU, which is seven times more than in 2009.

As part of the activities of CCTT in addition to operating regular container services between China and Europe (Chengdu-Lodz, Suzhou-Warsaw, Chongqing-Duisburg, Zhengzho-Hamburg, Wuhan-Pardubice), a new container service between China and Spain has been organized (Yiwu-Madrid).
Since September 2015, the United Transport and Logistics Company has organised container-train shipments from Yingkou Port in China to Moscow.

The Trans-Siberian in 7 Days project of the Russian Railways holding company has developed a new transport product, the Baikal Shuttle, to transport Japanese and Korean cargo from the port of Yokohama to Moscow.

(Source: RZD)

6 Votes

Average rating: 4.5 / 5


BODEGA end-users workshop held on 12 November 2015 in Brussels

On 12 November, a one day end-users workshop was organised in Brussels in the context of BODEGA project (BOrdDErGuArd – Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control). This was the first workshop from a series of six workshops scheduled during the project’s duration organised by CEIS (European Company for Intelligence Strategy).

BODEGA is a European research project with the following main objectives:

  • Develop an approach with ethical, societal considerations into a set of human, organisational and technical factors
  • Construct a greater understanding of border guard’s work and border control (future smart borders)
  • Design and develop new guidelines, recommendations and specifications
  • Develop and validate a toolbox for decision-makers

This workshop was a real success with the attendance of 30 people from all over Europe: Federal Police of Belgium, Border and Coast Guard Academy, Hellenic Police, Dutch Police, FRONTEX, customs and part of the BODEGA consortium members (VTT, UIC, CEA, Thales, CEIS, Hellenic Police and Border and Coast Guard Academy).

This workshop was also the opportunity to present the end user’s perspective on Smart Borders. A scenario was then presented, allowing for interactions and reactions from various police end-users, and to have their feedback and suggestions.

In the afternoon, the consortium members presented the organisational, human and technical factors that they had already indentified in the framework of BODEGA.
This workshop allowed the consortium of BODEGA to adjust their understanding of the issue of BODEGA to the reality thanks to the suggestions, explanations and advice of the present police representatives and border guards.

The workshop was really fruitful and interactive thanks to the implication of both the consortium of BODEGA and the end-users and will help UIC to coordinate the BODEGA field studies on all four transport modes (air, maritime, rail and road).

Beyond this workshop and still in the framework of BODEGA, UIC wants to point out that Polish Railways (PKP PLK S.A.) has accepted UIC’s proposal that their company would provide the support/assistance for BODEGA Project Consortium in relation with the Polish Border Guards during the implementation of the project in the frame of their possibilities and competence, excluding any financial or in-kind commitment. They assume that making contact with the parties engaged in the project is the responsibility of the project officers. They suggested getting in touch with the security entities at the border point in advance.

Concerning the rail field case studies referring to the Schengen border point they suggested to choosing the Cross Border Point – Terespol/Brest (Poland – Belarus). Therefore, they suggest that it is also worth informing the Belarusians at least on the dates of BODEGA visits. As far as they know, BC (Belarusian Railways) is aware of the project and although they cannot be part of it, it would be advisable to let them know about the time frame of visits to be held at the border.

For further information please contact Virginie Papillault:

Or visit the website:

3 Votes

Average rating: 4 / 5


2015 Edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions published

Focus on vehicle efficiency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have officially launched the new edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions. 2015 marks the fourth year of collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to produce the Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 emissions of the world railway sector. Following the previous editions, UIC and IEA have been increasingly encouraged to pursue this joint effort in close cooperation.

The book contains data and analysis of the rail sector’s performance. It illustrates the efficiency in terms of the rail system’s energy and carbon performance. This data and analysis are independently verified by the IEA.

This publication facilitates analysis that is vital to the proper decision making process. Previous editions were recognised as a reference document by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. These data provide an answer to understanding environmental issues and propose solutions for the decarbonisation strategies of the transport sector.

The global demand for transport is expected to double by 2050. The ability to meet this growing demand in a sustainable way is of fundamental importance in this historical moment.

The special focus on vehicle efficiency in this handbook (and related KPIs) delivers a clear message to the audience: to meet this growing demand by increasing investments on new and efficient rolling stock and technical improvements to the existing fleet will produce important improvements both in transport efficiency and environmental impact.

Some key facts of the 2015 edition:

  • The transport sector was responsible for 23.1% of global CO2 emissions in 2012. 3.6% of transport emissions were due to the rail sector, while railways transported over 8% of the world’s passengers and goods. The relative contribution of rail to global CO2 emissions has decreased since 1990 while total CO2 emissions have risen by almost 50%.
  • Electric intensity for passenger rail vehicles at global level, measured in MJ/train-km, has consistently improved from 1975 to 2012 by -32%, while the electric intensity for freight rail vehicles has improved by -23%. This improvement is particularly significant for electric vehicles in China and diesel vehicles in North America.
  • The railway sector has implemented several technological solutions that will facilitate the energy efficiency of rolling stock in the next decades: installing energy meters, energy recovery from braking, DAS (Driving Advisory System).
  • Railway specific energy consumption has been following a downward trajectory since 1975, both for passenger and freight services. From 1975 to 2012, the energy use per passenger-km declined by 62%. In the same time span, the amount of energy needed to move one tonne-km fell by 46%. In 2012, both indicators reached about 150 KJ per passenger-km (for passenger transport) or per tonne-km (for freight transport).
  • Specific CO2 emissions in the rail sector have been following a similar rate of improvement to specific energy consumption, resulting in CO2 intensity close to 16 g CO2 per passenger-km in the case of passenger transport and per tonne-km in the case of freight transport.

This is just some of the key information provided in the Handbook that emphasises the decisive role of the rail sector in meeting global climate and economic challenges.

Again, this publication has only been possible thanks to the support of UIC members and their annual contributions to UIC Statistics and to the Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) of UIC. The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to thank UIC members and hopes that this new edition can provide valuable information with sound science.

The UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption & CO2 Emissions is available at:

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

5 Votes

Average rating: 4.4 / 5

Message by UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

Last Friday Paris was hit by a series of incredibly violent attacks.

Spontaneous messages of support and friendship came from our members and partners from all over the world.

In the name of UIC, I wish to express to all my personal and our collective gratitude.

Beyond Paris last week, Beirut, Russia or Ankara recently, it is our world and values which are in danger.

More than ever, our UIC values of Unity, Universality and Solidarity are a guide and a link to strongly defend all together in order to hope for peace for humanity beyond our community.

With my deepest feelings to all of you.

22 Votes

Average rating: 4.82 / 5


Message from UIC

The UIC Director General, the teams at headquarters, and all its members, convey their deepest condolences and sympathies to SNCF following the train crash in which a TGV test train set derailed whilst undergoing a trial on the new high speed line in north-east France.

The accident took place on Saturday 14 November in Eckwersheim, near Strasbourg, and resulted in a number of deaths and injuries among the engineers and technicians taking part in this test run on the new section of the Paris-Strasbourg high speed line not yet open to passenger service.

UIC joins in mourning the loss of the railway community and shares the pain of France’s railway family affected by this tragic accident.

13 Votes

Average rating: 5 / 5

Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
  • 8-9 November 2017 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) SWJTU, Chengdu, China
  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

UIC e-News Legal Editor: Marie Plaud
Coordination: Helen Slaney
Editorial team: UIC e-News Team, Paris 17 November 2015

  Contact the UIC e-News team