Opening of the 11th edition of the UIC Sustainability Conference today in Madrid under the motto “Railways: Mobility for a sustainable future”

The 11th edition of the UIC Sustainability Conference opened today in Madrid, under the motto “Railways: Mobility for a sustainable future”. 300 participants are attending this conference which ends on Friday with a technical visit. During these three days the participants will share best practices and help influence where rail should go in future sustainable transport systems, introducing new and sustainable ways of life and business.

The conference was opened by Teófilo Serrano Beltrán, President of Renfe, Yoshio Ishida, Chairman of UIC and Vice Chairman JR-East, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC and Concepción Gutiérrez, Spanish Secretary of State for Transport.

Teófilo Serrano Beltrán welcomed all participants on behalf of the host Renfe and stated that “Sustainability is not only an objective to build a more sustainable transport system but it is also a way to manage railways. Sustainability has to be addressed at all levels in a company, mainly because it is an objective of the undertakings: the reason is because sustainability is one of the most important competitive advantages of rail.”

Yoshio Ishida greeted the participants from Tokyo with a video speech. He emphasised the importance of sustainability as a major issue for UIC members globally, though underlining that rail should not only be attractive for its sustainability advantages, but also for its customer-friendliness. Mr Ishida then talked about the need for cooperation and communications, and specifically mentioned the success of the “Train to Copenhagen” campaign towards COP 15 last year for railways globally, and later emphasised the important role that the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility & Transport will play as a tool for UIC Members to work together on sustainability issues.

Concepción Gutiérrez, also representing the Spanish Presidency of the European Union for 2010, explained, among others, how rail made its case in Spain against many odds 18 years ago with the beginning of the high speed train era, and how the rail sector is flourishing today not only for high speed services, but also for both urban passenger and freight services, as the most geographically fit and sustainable transport mode. Further on she elaborated on a several billion Euros investment plan to increase the passenger and freight capacity in Spain even further in the coming years. She concluded by emphasising the importance of the cooperation between the expert and the political levels.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux underlined that the transport sector is responsible for about a quarter of the global CO2 emissions and these are still increasing. In the future the transport share of the global emissions is even expected to rise to one third. “Rail is part of the solution to tackle this problem” and he stressed that “modal shift to rail is the key element to solve the emissions challenge of the transport sector”. On stressing the future importance of the UIC Declaration Sustainable Mobility & Transport, he was happy to share with the audience that UNEP and its Executive Director Achim Steiner is supporting it.
Further in the programme today, Kamala Ernest, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will give an insight to transport from a UN perspective, while Joachim Kettner, Chairman of the UIC Environment, Energy & Sustainability Platform (DB AG), will present the rail strategy towards a strengthened sustainability performance.

Other highlights include one session dedicated to the successful development of the rail sector in Spain while another will explore successful sustainability projects worldwide. Furthermore, the session “The role of rail in future transport scenarios” will give external views and input to the role of rail in the future from, among others, Peder Jensen, European Environment Agency and Holger Dalkmann, Transport Research Laboratory.

The second day will focus on the sustainability work of UIC and UIC members, highlighted by the closing of the conference – the ceremony of the UIC Sustainability Awards. The UIC Sustainability Awards aims to reward excellence, ground breaking projects and the significant efforts made within the rail sector to continuously improve its sustainability performance.

The number of high calibre competition papers has made the job for the international, independent panel of judges very hard this year.

More information on the conference and names of the Sustainability Award winers will be announced in the next issue of UIC eNews!

For more information please contact Henning Schwarz:

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UIC hosts the InfraGuidER workshop “Establishing the Benefits of Eco-Procurement Guidelines for Railway Infrastructure”

On 8 June UIC hosted the 3rd InfraGuidER Workshop “Establishing the Benefits of Eco-Procurement Guidelines for Railway Infrastructure” at its Paris HQ. It was a productive meeting where infrastructure managers (IMs) and suppliers exchanged views on the preliminary framework conditions to make the integration of environmental requirements for procurement policies possible throughout Europe.

The main focus of the workshop was to obtain the IMs’ viewpoints on the proposed eco-procurement guidelines model and the selected case studies to test it. Bjorn Paulsson, UIC Senior Adviser from the Rail System Department opened the day’s meeting by stressing that the big challenge ahead for EU R&D projects is their actual implementation, which can only happen if high quality results are delivered so that the interest aroused during the project continues after its lifetime. Three guest speakers presented interesting examples of eco-procurement good practices. Sara Paulsson, Bombardier, explained how they have dealt with the environmental specifications for new rolling stock of the UIC leaflet 345 and made suggestions for a future equivalent UIC document for railway infrastructure. One inspiring business case was the “CO2 performance ladder” presented by Marjolijn Balkenende, Prorail. This initiative financially encourages railway infrastructure suppliers to provide sustainable products and to manage their businesses in a sustainable fashion. In this respect Erik Stoelinga from the supplier VolkerRail described how they have been awarded big contracts from ProRail due to their carbon footprint reduction achievements.
After the project overview introduction was given by Malin Kotake (Trafikverket), Raul Carlson (Eco2win) presented the InfraGuidER Eco-Procurement Guidelines document explaining the scope, principles and benefits of this new proposal for procurement procedures. Then, in line with the three main environmental impact areas identified (climate change, hazardous substances and natural resources), case studies on sleepers, rail grinding and electric/electronic track equipment were presented respectively by Andreas Oberhauser, Wiener Linien, Stefan Uppenberg (Botniabanan AB) and Nancy Leitao (BBRail). Paul Richards (NetworkRail) illustrated the main issues to be addressed during the following joint working groups. This final session dedicated to Evaluation and Strategy involved small group discussions to receive feedback on the project result implementation. The participants expressed a keen interest in the guideline proposal, considering it as a useful tool for drawing-up invitations to tender, evaluating different offers and awarding contracts. They regard it a valid input for implementing their company sustainable procurement policies. In particular they appreciated its capacity to bridge existing gaps between eco-procurement strategy goals and operative procedures, including clear measurement criteria and target values for eco-procurement requirements. Existing procurement practices, drivers beyond legislation compliance, implementing policy targets, a closer dialogue between IMs and suppliers in the product design phase and definitions needed for the measurability of environmental requirements were all commented upon and discussed.

In conclusion, this workshop confirmed InfraGuidER’s positive contribution in helping enhance the dialogue between IMs and suppliers, facilitating the understanding of the need on both sides integrating a ‘value for money’ approach and clearer harmonised environmental criteria for procurement. Moreover, the presence of members of the UIC body ERPC (European Railways Purchasing Conference) was an added value for know-how exchange between procurers and technical and environmental managers.

The InfraGuidER coordinated action now enters its final semester and continues its consensus building activity among the European IMs. The next and final event is the Final Conference on 24 November in Brussels where the presentation of Eco-Procurement guidelines will take place.

For more information on InfraGuidER visit the website and contact the Project Coordinator Marina Fracchia: or Paolo Contestabile at

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International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign to be held on 22nd June

UIC, coordinator of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign, is happy to announce that this will take place on 22nd June with the participation of some 40 countries.

ILCAD focuses on educational measures and the promotion of safe behaviour at and around level crossings, an area of rail operation that presents one of the significant risk profiles.

The campaign is organised jointly with the European Commission and many stakeholders from the road and rail sectors around the world.

A video clip financed by the European Commission is available in English and may also be adapted for use in your own language. The clip is freely available for use by all partners of the campaign to upload onto websites. It can also be shown on screens in train stations, on television or in public areas such as cinemas etc. (Please note that outside Europe the use of this in public areas may require a performance rights charge).

A press release in several languages is also available to help you organise your own press conferences locally, nationally, or on an international level.

An international press conference will be held in Brussels at the invitation of the European Commission on the 22nd and involve key stakeholders such as the United Nations.

The official logo in English with the motto “Act safely at level crossings” can also be obtained in different languages by sending a request to the organising office in Paris.

In addition to the video financed by the EC and the press release, all partners around the world will participate in a series of well-coordinated communications initiatives, using varied and local materials to make the public (mainly road users and pedestrians) aware of the dangers of misbehaviour at or around level crossings:
Flyers, brochures and leaflets handed out at and around level crossings, in schools, driving schools, scout and guide clubs etc., information given and/or law enforcement by police at level crossings, posters displayed in railway stations, trains and other central areas, special messages broadcast on the radio and television, and press conferences organised with national and local press.

If you wish to join the campaign it is not too late but do hurry!

For further information on the programme of events planned under the motto of ILCAD, “Act safely at level crossings”, please contact Isabelle Fonverne:
ILCAD project coordinator and visit the dedicated website:

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4th and final session of the 18th Environmental and Economic 0SCE (24-26 May)

The 4th and final session of the 18th Environmental and Economic OSCE forum took place in Prague from 24 – 26 May 2010. It focused on “Promoting good governance at border crossings, improving the security of land transportation and facilitating international transport by road and rail in the OSCE region”.

Director General JP Loubinoux emphasised the work already carried out within the UIC security platform and division and in particular:

  • Border crossings: initially within the framework of the Schengen acquis and area and now on a larger scale
  • Freight security: security is a determining factor in the efficiency of the supply chain and the question asked is how to improve this efficiency without impacting on the conditions of competition between railway companies and the various modes of transport
  • The specific issue of the carriage of dangerous goods, including the specific threats linked to terrorism
  • The evolution of terrorism: urban transport and high speed systems are obviously possible targets for regional and international terrorism

There was also a reminder for the need to improve international coherence between the railways, the national authorities and the international bodies.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and Mr Goran Svilanovic agreed that it was worthwhile developing the cooperation between UIC and OSCE and a formal exchange of letters will set out the main lines of action and areas of this cooperation.

Further progress on this matter will be evidenced during the forthcoming UIC events and the UIC World Security Congress in Istanbul.

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INESS project (INtegrated European Signalling System) work in progress

The INESS team has successfully submitted a deliverable containing the Interim Activity and Management Report [M13-M18] to the Commission.

The INESS project is a unique opportunity to restructure the railway signalling system with a high gain in cost reduction and performance improvement. It will fill the gap regarding harmonised specifications within the ERTMS environment.

INESS is currently in its 21st month.

For more information please contact INESS Project Manager Emmanuel Buseyne: and WS H Leader Maria Lafont:

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UIC and UNIFE publish the CAB Technical Recommendation (TecRec) on the Driver Machine Interfaces in the scope of TSI High Speed and Conventional Rail

UIC and UNIFE announce the publication of the CAB TecRec (Technical Recommendation): “Technical Recommendation on the Driver Machine Interfaces in the scope of TSI High Speed and Conventional Rail”.
The objective of the driver’s cab requirements described in these technical recommendations is to ensure the unrestricted, safe and efficient operation of rolling stock on the entire European railway network as far as driver-machine-interfaces and cab issues are concerned. These technical recommendations are derived from operation, ergonomic aspects and safety. They provide a framework for designing cab-functions and driver-machine-interfaces allocated to the intended operating purpose of the rolling stock. They are meant to comply with the constraints of the whole Trans-European network in terms of driver-related interfaces to rolling stock.

This TecRec:

  • Defines the operating elements on EMU/DMU, locomotives and driver’s cabs of driving coaches, whether high speed or conventional
  • Describes some basic functional and system requirements associated with harmonised Driver-Machine-Interfaces for EMU/DMU, locomotives and related driver’s cabs of driving coaches, whether high speed or conventional. It is assumed that all functions relevant for cab-equipped rolling stock may be managed with these interfaces

More than 15 years of European Research studies have demonstrated that a standardised desk configuration is a key issue for all European drivers independent of the specific type of rolling stock. The rolling stock specific deviations should therefore be limited to a minimum. A set of commonly shared conclusions and design principles have been provided by recent projects (e. g. EUCAB & EUDDplus) and they have been considered in the course of the drafting of the UIC /UNIFE TecRec standards. The content of this UIC/UNIFE document has been prepared as a result of the outcomes of the EU funded project Modtrain/Modlink/EUCAB and EUDDplus.
The project partners involved were:

  • In Modtrain/Modlink/EUCAB: Alstom Transport, AnsaldoBreda, Bombardier Transportation, Deuta Werke, Forschungs - und Anwendungsverbund Verkehrssystemtechnik (FAV), FPC -UPC, IAS, IST Lisboa, KMT Group OY, Lumikko, SIEMENS Transport Systems, TU Berlin, International Union of Railways (UIC), Union of European Railway Industries (UNIFE)
  • In EUDDPlus: ALSTOM Transport S.A., AustriaTech – Gesellschaft des Bundes für technologiepolitische Maßnahmen GmbH, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Deuta Werke GmbH, EAO Lumitas GmbH, Forschungs - und Anwendungsverbund Verkehrssystemtechnik (FAV), Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, IAS Institut für Arbeits- und Sozialhygiene Stiftung, MAV-GÈPÉSZET Zrt, Ceske drahy a.s., ÖBB Traktion GmbH, Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, SKODA TRANSPORTATION s.r.o., Technische Universität Wien/Vienna University of Technology, International Union of Railways (UIC), Union of European Railway Industries (UNIFE), W. Gessmann GmbH

They have put forward the deliverable from:

  • “Modtrain/Modlink/EUCAB”: EUCAB: Report on functional test results (L6.6), Project nb. FP6 -PLT-506652 / TIP3-CT-2003-506652, Priority 6.3 - Transport, EU 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
  • “EUDDplus”: final report (2010), Project No: 031555 – EUDDplus - “European Driver’s Desk advanced concept implementation - contribution to foster interoperability”, Specific Targeted Research or Innovation Project, Priority 6.2 - Sustainable Surface Transport, EU 6th Framework Programme

The TecRec Cab has been approved within UIC by the Rail System Forum and by the UNIFE Technical Committee. TecRecs are presented in the same format as that used for the European Standards (EN) so as to facilitate a future transfer to the CEN or CENELEC and publication as an EN.

The TecRec will be available on the UNIFE and UIC websites as well as at for immediate use.

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 14-16 October 2019 INTERTRAN 2 Vladivostok, Russia
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 22-23 October 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ, Paris
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 28 October 2019 17th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12-14 November 2019 InnoRail Budapest, Hungary
  • 13 November 2019 UIC Best Practice Workshop - The End of Fossil Fuels in the Railway Sector Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 14 November 2019 UIC Energy and CO2 Network Meeting Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 20-22 November 2019 8th International Railway Summit New Delhi, India
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 21 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28-29 November 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board - Webconference! UIC HQ, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10-11 December 2019 24th UIC Middle-East Region Regional Assembly UIC Headquarters
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 10 December 2019 UIC Digital Conference Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 19-21 February 2020 9th International Railway Summit Warsaw, Poland
  • 25 February 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 24 March 2020 European Management committee Paris
  • 1-3 April 2020 International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) Prague, Czech Republic
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 19 May 2020 European Management committee Assistants
  • 19 May 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 20 May 2020 Preparatory Group 96th General Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 27-29 May 2020 International Transport Forum (ITF) Leipzig, Germany
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 2-5 June 2020 Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) Riga
  • 11 June 2020 ILCAD York National Railway Museum
  • 16 June 2020 EMC & 30th European Regional Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 29 June 2020 Executive Board Beijing
  • 29 June 2020 96th General Assembly Beijing
  • 2 September 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 September 2020 European Management committee Berlin
  • 12 November 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 12 November 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 13 November 2020 97th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris (UIC)
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria
  • 15 December 2020 European Management committee Rome
  • 16 December 2020 31st European Regional Assembly Rome
  • 16 December 2020 Executive Board Rome
  • 16 December 2020 97th General Assembly Rome

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