RESTRAIL Toolbox presented at the Danish Transport and Construction Agency’s Safety Conference

Every year since 2010, the Danish Transport and Construction Agency (Trafik- og Byggestyrelsen) has hosted a full day’s conference on safety in railways and aviation. On 28 October this year, the 5th edition was organised in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This year’s main theme was “Safety in a competitive environment: How will companies and authorities tackle safety under increased competitive pressure?” There were around 400 participants from various organisations and with different backgrounds: staff members from the Danish Transport and Construction Agency, experts from railway and aviation companies, consulting companies etc.

The programme included five presentations during two plenary sessions and several other parallel Railway and Aviation sessions lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes each. Grigore Havârneanu (Research Advisor within UIC’s Security Division) was an invited speaker in one of the Railway sessions. His presentation was entitled: “Permanently coping with railway suicide and trespass for a safer, more secure and more competitive rail transport: Lessons from the RESTRAIL project”.

RESTRAIL (REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property) was a three year EU FP7 collaborative research project coordinated by UIC ( The project provided guidance and recommendations on how to prevent railway suicide and trespassing accidents and to reduce their consequences.

The talk provided a summary of research conducted in the project, an overview of its practical toolbox for decision-makers (, and insights into the effectiveness of the available presentations to reduce the frequency and impact of suicide and trespassing incidents.

This presentation is another international dissemination action since the end of the RESTRAIL project in September 2014. The UIC Security Division would like to thank Trafik- og Byggestyrelsen for the invitation to join this conference.

For further information about the RESTRAIL toolbox or the RESTRAIL project please contact Grigore Havârneanu:

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UIC signs MoU with UNFCCC and UNEP within the frame of COP21

UIC and UN entities such as UNFCCC or UNEP have fostered several ties of cooperation over many years and they have demonstrated their capacity to act together on topics that deserve greater understanding at international level.
The issue of climate change is one of these topics.

As part of the COP21 campaign, UIC has signed two Memoranda of partnership with UNFCCC and UNEP, who already took the “Train to Copenhagen” in the frame of COP15 in 2009.

The purposes of the MoU with UNEP is to work together in the promotion of sustainable and low carbon transportation as a part of the solution to both climate change mitigation and adaptation, in support of the goals of COP21.
With UNFCCC the scope is also to cooperate in the frame of “Train to Paris” and to support the Climate Neutral Now Initiative through raising awareness about carbon offsetting in order to reduce carbon emissions and move towards climate neutrality. This is why the “Train to Paris” campaign is supporting the Climate Neutral Now initiative:

Train to Paris website:
Twitter: @trainCOP21
Instagram: @traintocop21
Facebook: Train to Paris

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SNCF International Forum on Mobility

On 28 October 2015 SNCF (French Railways) organised the 1st International Forum on Sustainable Mobilities to find solutions to fight against Climate Change.

Representatives of 21 countries reviewed sustainable mobilities.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, participated in the event through a video message available here:

The video of the event is available here:

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News from UIC members

Australia: Light rail masterplan for Canberra a welcome step

The release of the ACT Light Rail Master Plan by the ACT Government on 26 October 2015 is welcomed by the peak body for rail, the Australasian Railway Association, (ARA). According to the ARA’s Chief Executive Officer, the 25-year master plan is an appropriate and timely proposal that supports a long term vision for the city of Canberra: “It is clear through the Light Rail Master Plan that the ACT Government has an ambitious vision for the future of Canberra, one that will unlock the potential of Canberra’s CBD and Parliamentary triangle, (through to the south, via the main town-centres) and surrounding suburbs through urban redevelopment,” said Danny Broad.

"It’s pleasing to see high-level, long term planning and community consultation underway for Canberra’s Light Rail project. As alerted to in our 2015 report Capital Metro – Canberra’s light rail project in a global context, light rail as a mode of transport – integrated with other transport systems – acts as a major provider of many benefits to cities.

"Canberra is set for further expansion over the coming decades, the transport needs for a city of 500,000 people is vastly different to that of 300,000, leaving the city’s car dependency unviable for a modern, sustainable city. Now is the time to start planning this major infrastructure project and look at how the rail network will integrate with the existing bus network. Continuing to plan ahead, and invest in Canberra’s transport infrastructure is crucial in order to effectively serve the needs of Canberra and its growing population.

"The Light Rail project supports the vision of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, the architects who designed the city of Canberra. Unbeknown to some, the wide median strips down the ’main boulevards’ of Northbourne, Adelaide and Wentworth Avenues were designed as a major part of the Griffin’s vision for the city; they saw these avenues as a corridor to connect the city by rail. It’s pleasing to see Griffin’s vision in the first steps of realisation.

“The rail industry supports the ACT government’s move to prioritise public transport for the city of Canberra and welcomes the release of the Light Rail Masterplan; proper planning is essential in managing future growth and improving the city’s amenity, liveability and sustainability,” said Mr Broad.

(Source: ARA)

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News from UIC members

United States: High-Speed Rail Authority selects HNTB to oversee next phase of construction in the Central Valley

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors announced on October 6, 2015 that HNTB Corporation was awarded the Project and Construction Management contract for Construction Package 4. The purpose of the Project and Construction Management team is to provide design and construction oversight for the next 22 miles of construction in the Central Valley. This oversight minimizes construction risks and ensures Californians the delivery of a high-speed rail system.

“We have over 100 miles of high-speed rail construction work under contract in California,” said Authority CEO Jeff Morales. “By awarding this contract, we continue progress in the Central Valley building the nation’s first high-speed rail system. The experience that HNTB will provide to this project will bring us even closer to delivering safe and reliable high-speed rail to Californians.”

HNTB was selected after months of interviews and reviews of qualifications during a competitive bidding process among three world-renowned firms. As an additional layer of project oversight, HNTB will work with the Authority and the design-build contractor to identify, manage and mitigate project risks and make sure technical and contract requirements, including costs, are met. Specific Project and Construction Management duties include oversight of inspection and testing of the high-speed rail infrastructure, technical and environmental compliance including hazmat oversight, utility relocation, construction safety and public outreach. Under the agreed upon contract, HNTB couldreceive up to $30 million based on actual work performed over a period of approximately five years. The design-builder contractor will be responsible for the actual design and construction of CP 4. The contractor will not be selected until next year.

HNTB meets the Authority’s aggressive 30 percent goal for Small Business participation, with a commitment of 33.72 percent. In addition, the company surpassed the Authority’s 10 percent Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and 3 percent Disadvantaged Veteran Business Enterprise goals; reaching a 22.78 percent and a 3.66 percent commitment, respectively.

Work on Construction Package 4 will extend 22-miles through the Central Valley beginning approximately one mile north of the Tulare-Kern County line and continuing south through the city of Wasco, ending at Poplar Avenue in Shafter.

(Source: CHSRA)

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News from UIC members

Abu Dhabi: Etihad Rail launches inaugural Flag Day competition on social media

On 20 October 2015 Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, launched its first ever social media competition celebrating UAE Flag Day.

The Etihad Rail Flag Day competition invites participants to get creative with designing the exterior of the Etihad Rail train in themes inspired by the spirit of the UAE and the celebration of Flag Day.

Etihad Rail has shared an outline template of the train on its website which can be downloaded and used for the competition. Three winning designs will be chosen by a panel of Etihad Rail judges and will be eligible for attractive prizes.

For more details about the competition, please visit

(Source: Etihad Rail)

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News from UIC members

RZD International and JSC Infrastructure of Serbian Railways sign strategic partnership memorandum

RZD International, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, and JSC Infrastructure Railways of Serbia, signed a memorandum on strategic partnership in Moscow on 27 October 2015 during a visit to the Russian Federation of a Serbian delegation headed by Aleksandar Vučić, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia. The document was signed by the CEO of RZD International Sergueï Pavlov and by Serbian Railways Infrastructure Director Goran Maksich.

The memorandum defines the procedure for the possible further involvement of RZD International in rail transport and infrastructure projects in the Republic of Serbia, in particular cooperation in creating a remote control centre for railway traffic in Belgrade, the further development of the Serbian School of Transport Design and Construction and the possible involvement of RZD International in maintaining Serbia’s existing railway infrastructure, as well as assistance in training Serbian railway experts at specialised higher education institutions in Russia.

Since March 2014, RZD International has been implementing a contract for construction and reconstruction work on Serbian railway infrastructure. The contract was concluded as part of an agreement for a government export credit to the Republic of Serbia for USD 800 million between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The total value of the contract is USD 941 million.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

Heads of Russian Railways and SNCF discuss prospects for cooperation

The President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and the President of the national French railway company SNCF Guillaume Pepy held a meeting at which they discussed the prospects of cooperation between the railway companies of Russia and France.

“Our countries have much in terms of working together on railway transport, but we see great potential in our cooperation and are ready to discuss additional development opportunities,” said Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways.

The participants in the meeting noted that Russian Railways and SNCF have long standing partnerships with regard to the development of freight and passenger transport, station modernisation and the use of modern technology in ticket selling. Rail transport is recognised as a global leader in terms of environmental friendliness and transport safety.

During the meeting, the partners discussed the prospects for developing new passenger routes, modernising station complexes and implementing other infrastructure projects in Russia and abroad, including high­speed rail projects. In particular, it was noted that French companies have 35 years of experience in the construction and operation of high­speed lines and that the consortium, with the involvement of engineering company Systra and SNCF, had already already signed a contract with OJSC High Speed Line – ­ a wholly owned subsidiary of Russian Railways – ­ to provide technical consulting on the development of project documentation for the construction of the Moscow -Kazan high­speed railway line.

The parties agreed to continue the series of consultations to determine the most promising areas for cooperation and to discuss specific joint projects.

(Source: RZD)

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The MERLIN team invites you to register for the project’s Final Conference: Smart Energy for Smarter Railways

Madrid, 10 December 2015 – FFE Headquarters Calle de Santa Isabel, 44 28012 Madrid, Spain

Energy management is a key issue for railway systems and it will remain a top priority in the European transport agenda in the foreseeable future. The variety of operational scenarios within the system adds complexity to the development of solutions suitable for all users, i.e. operators and infrastructure managers alike.

Given that the railway system is a complex and interconnected system, a single entity such as a Railway Operator, a Rail Manufacturer or an Infrastructure Manager cannot tackle the energy management issue alone on behalf of the entire network.

Therefore to address this crucial issue, MERLIN partners have worked for three years to investigate and demonstrate the viability of an integrated management system in order to achieve a more sustainable and optimised energy usage in European electric mainline railway systems.

The MERLIN Final Conference will be the occasion to find out about the results of MERLIN and an opportunity to network with stakeholders from the whole European railway community.

Click here to download the full agenda and the logistics information on how to reach the venue!

Participation is free of charge and participants are requested to register here by 30 November 2015.

Highlights of the event:

  • The Strategic MERLIN methodology and process – Strategic Decision Making Tool
  • The Operational MERLIN methodology and process – Railway Energy Management System
  • Five Case Scenarios as example of MERLIN benefits
  • Energy Interactive session with involvement of participants
  • Technical visit to the ADIF Energy Control Centre at Atocha station where the control of the electrical system of a high speed railway line is centralised
  • Technical visit to the ADIF Traffic Control Centre at Atocha station where the management of the circulation of a high speed line is located

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Madrid!

Best regards,


For any further information please visit

Or send an email to the MERLIN Coordinator at or to the MERLIN Dissemination Work Package Leader at

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News from UIC members

France: Systra and SNTF have undertaken to set up an Algerian joint venture dedicated to rail system engineering

As part of the October 26 meeting of the French-Algerian Economic Joint Committee (COMEFA), a memorandum of understanding was signed between Systra and SNTF (Algerian National Railway Company) in the presence of Laurent Fabius, French foreign and international development minister, and Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Algerian Industry and Mines minister. The MOU provides for the creation of a joint venture under Algerian law to conduct studies, monitor and control rail systems projects in Algeria. The company will be 49% owned by Systra and 51% by SNTF.

“Yacine Bendjaballah, CEO of SNTF, and myself share the same commitment to this project which should very quickly lead to the emergence of a leading Algerian player in the field of rail systems engineering. We are delighted with this agreement, another stage in the cooperation between SNTF and our group,” said Pierre Verzat, Chairman of Systra’s executive board. “The new company, whose fields of expertise will cover signalling, telecommunications, electrical traction and operational engineering, will further accelerate achievement of the ambitious targets for the Algerian rail network, including among other projects the deployment by 2020 of a latest-generation rail network and equipment,” he added.

Through their joint venture, SNTF and Systra will develop local engineering skills with a strong “systems” technology component, essential to complete the demanding development and modernisation programme for a rail network that is planned to grow from 4,000 km to 12,000 km in the next 10 years. A joint venture closely tied to rail operator SNTF will make it possible to meet these demands by drawing on local resources and to develop Algerian know-how in the key fields of rail electrification and signalling. Around thirty Algerian engineers will be recruited and trained. Experience acquired in similar projects has shown just how closely railway systems engineering is linked to operational issues and why it needs to remain in the operator’s hands, ensuring quicker progression from the upstream design phases of projects to the downstream phases of monitoring and project management.

As well as ensuring prompt completion, the synergy of the new joint venture should allow better control of engineering expenses which will from now on be handled locally with the direct creation of some fifty highly qualified jobs.

“This MOU forms part of the engineering plank of the broader agreement signed by SNCF and SNTF on 10 September, which set the framework for cooperation between the two groups. I welcome the commitment of Chairman Guillaume Pepy and the effective support given by Minister Boujema Talaï”, added Pierre Verzat.

(Source: Systra)

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UIC Rail System Forum Plenary Session held on 28 October 2015 in Paris

The 11th UIC Rail System Forum (RSF) Plenary Session was held on 28 October 2015 under the chairmanship of Infrabel CEO, Mr. Luc Lallemand. Participants from Europe, the Middle East and Asia were updated on the ongoing RSF projects, deliverables and reports achieved by the Forum in the course of the year.

UIC Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, thanked the RSF Steering Board members for the preparatory work and stressed the fact that UIC’s philosophy was to work together to share both costs and technical knowledge for the benefit of the Railway Operating Community.

The RSF approved an IRS (International Railway Standard) on “Railway Application High Speed-Dynamic integration Tests and Trial Operation before Revenue Operation”. Two further IRS had been discussed and will undergo further modification with respect to comments received from members.

Leaflet 778-3 on “Recommendations for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges” was approved unanimously. UIC Leaflet 541-05 “Brakes – Manufacturing specifications for various brake parts –Wheel Slide protection device” was approved in principle subject to further comments until 6 November 2015.

The RSF briefly discussed the revised version of the RSF Terms of Reference and decided to postpone its approval until the next RSF Plenary meeting, leaving more time for reflection for one of the members.

UIC Financial Director, Thierry Bera, reported on the latest results of the Opt-in results for RSF projects in 2016.

The RSF decided to launch three new projects in 2016 in the areas of Rolling Stock and Signalling. Four more projects with lower but yet interesting opt-in results could potentially be carried out in 2016, depending on the individual decisions of those members who have expressed interest.

The Sector chairmen and coordinators for Rolling Stock (Marco Caposciutti-Trenitalia), Energy Management (Antonio Berrios Villalba-ADIF), CCS & Telecom (Marc Antoni on behalf of Thomas Joindot-SNCF), Track & Structures (Francisco Cardoso dos Reis-IP), Train Track Interaction (Pierre-Etienne Gautier-Systra) and Asset Management (Teodor Gradinariu for Andy Kirwan-Networkrail) delivered their update reports focusing on delays or discrepancies that had to be tackled over the year.

An update on International Railway Standards (IRS), the Cooperation Agreements between UIC –IEC, UIC-OSJD and the planned Cooperation Agreement between UIC - ISO was delivered by Gianfranco Cau on behalf of the Standardisation Platform chairman, Stefano Guidi (Trenitalia). The RSF Sectors Chairmen had been asked to send their programmes for the Migration Plan from UIC Leaflets to IRSs to the Standardisation Platform and to start the implementation as soon as possible.

The next meeting of the Plenary Session will be on 21 April 2016.

For further information please contact Annemarie Ebenberger:

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UIC, in charge of the dissemination, participated in the Final Conference of “SECRET” on Security of Railways against Electromagnetic Attacks

The SECRET consortium, IFSTTAR, coordinator of the project, and the International Union of Railways (UIC), in charge of the dissemination of the results among its Members, held the SECRET Final Conference at the IFSTTAR office in Lille, France on 29 October 2015.

The consortium includes 10 members: research centres – IFSTTAR – Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l’aménagement et des réseaux (the French institute for science and technology for transport, development and networks); Fraunhofer Institut für IAIS (Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems); Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic University of Turin); University of Liege – Institut Montefiore; University of the Basque Country; ZANASI Alessandro Srl), manufacturers (Alstom Transport S.A., Trialog) and railway representatives (SNCF, UIC).

SECRET (SECurity of Railways against Electromagnetic aTtacks) is a three-year research project co-funded by the European Commission as part of the 4th call for proposals under the 7th Framework Programme. The project was officially launched on 1 August 2012 for a duration of 40 months.

The project SECRET aims to assess the risks and consequences of EM (Electromagnetic) attacks on the rail infrastructure, to identify preventive and recovery measures and to develop protection solutions to ensure the security of the rail network, subject to intentional EM interferences, which can disturb a large number of command-control, communication or signalling systems.

Around 85 participants came from 12 different countries at the international level from 55 companies including external experts of the advisory group; decision-makers from rail companies; infrastructure managers and rail operators; the scientific community; policy makers; standardisation bodies; related EU projects and the general public.

Mr Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department, delivered the opening speech of the SECRET final conference and gave a few words about the role of UIC and highlighted the importance of the SECRET project for the railways as cyber attacks may have consequences on transport availability with huge losses.

He said “SECRET is a good example of a project that is supporting the interoperability of the European railway network and working towards improving the security of the rail system by ensuring its critical signalling system is robust and resilient in the face of EM attacks.”

He added: “SECRET is an important project for UIC: its involvement in such projects can benefit all its members by disseminating the relevant information and editing professional standards called IRS (International Railway Standards): The work and results of SECRET which lead to a set of technical recommendations will be disseminated to our members and submitted to standardisation bodies for “industry standards” and transcribed by UIC for “professional standards”, as practical guidelines for the railways (infrastructure managers and railway undertakings) responsible for the safety and security of the system. This standard will complete the IRS describing “how to manage critical computerised signalling systems using IP networks”... the work is ongoing.

The SECRET project has enabled players from very different backgrounds: researchers, universities, providers and railways from five different countries to work together – thanks to EU financing, without which nothing like this would have been possible.”

He then thanked all the organisers and the partners and staff involved: and gave special thanks to IFSSTAR as coordinator of the project.

Mr Pierre Brodin, from the French Ministry of Sustainable Development (DGITM), added that intentional electromagnetic interferences are a growing threat and need to be addressed. Rail security is an important issue and security cannot be achieved by the government alone, but all stakeholders have to be involved, all playing their part.

The following issues were presented:

  • SECRET project: Context and objectives by Virginie Deniau (IFSTTAR)
  • Intentional ElectroMagnetic Interferences (IEMI) and railway: what are the risks?, by Henry Philippe (SNCF)
  • Risk Assessment: human factor and cyber threat analysis, by Alessandro Zanasi (Zanasi & Partners)
  • Standardisation and immunity tests regarding Intentional Electromagnetic Interferences (IEMI), by Véronique Beauvois (ULG)
  • Railway Vulnerability to EM attacks, by Flavio Canavero (POLITO)
  • Intentional ElectroMagnetic Interference in Railway: why and how
    to sense them?, by Marc Heddebaut (IFSTTAR)
  • Impact of EM attack signatures on ETCS Quality of Service Indicators, by Marina Aguado (UPV/EHU)
  • Architecture for resilience in presence of IEMI by Antonio Kung and Michel Sall (Trialog)
  • Multipath Communication System (MCS): Using Multipath- Transmission Control Protocol (MPTCP) for resiliency by Eduardo Jacob (UPV/EHU)

Real-time demonstrations were held in front of the participants, includes tests for GSM-R susceptibility to EM attacks. The possible implementations were also presented and how to cope with the effect of the jammer. In the afternoon, participants were shown an example of resilient architecture for a dynamic protection system to EM interferences for railway applications.

Mr Pierre Lambert from Alstom focused on railway recommendations issued for the SECRET project. The SECRET technical recommendations were classified into three categories: standardisation, engineering (design, techniques) guidelines and operational (process, methodology, railway application). The presentation aims to provide an overview of the recommendations on preventive and recovery measures as well as the suitable methodology to evaluate and mitigate EM attacks in the railway context. Finally, the recommendations consider the possible evolutions of the system architecture following the introduction of next generation technologies.

Several points of view from the EPSF (French Rail National Safety Authority), the IEC (International Electrotechnical commission), the ANSSI (French Network and Information Security), the ERA (European Railway Agency) and the European Commission were delivered.

Mr Bruno Chenard, the Project Officer from the European Commission, emphasised the good results of the projects and said that the results must be disseminated at the international and European level and to the standardisation bodies. It is important to have feedback from the stakeholders.

Mrs Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Senior Adviser at the UIC Security Division, gave an overview of the project’s exploitation plan to maintain the viability of the project results and to distribute appropriate information to each type of identified target.

Mrs Virginie Deniau, scientific coordinator of the project from IFSTTAR, delivered the final conclusion. She highlighted some perspectives and for example the need to monitor the EM environment and to detect the intentional jamming situation and develop resilient architecture since more and more critical domains use wireless communication.

For further information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau:

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20th PASSAGE meeting held at Paris UIC Headquarters from 20 – 21 October 2015

The 20th Meeting of the Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe (PASSAGE) Working Group was held at Paris UIC Headquarters, on 20 and 21 October. The meeting was hosted by Mr Luis Casado Presa, Senior Advisor within the UIC Passenger Department.

Representatives from NS, ATOC, SNCF, NMBS/SNCB, SBB/CFF/FFS, DSB, Trafikverket, CFL, MAV-START, Trenitalia, RFI, CER, and ČD attended the meeting in which Hans Christian Kirketerp-Møller, from DSB, was elected as new chairman of the group.

Many different topics were addressed during this meeting: Marie Denninghaus, from EDF (European Disability Forum) who had been invited to this meeting, made a summary of the main objectives and activities of her organisation. Her presentation led to a debate about the European Disability Card the European Commission has launched, and the possible effects on the railway companies and their accessibility policies.

The last version of UIC Leaflet 145, Recommendations for the organization of assistance services for persons with reduced mobility, was presented to the participants. This leaflet has been created by the group to become a minimum standard for accessibility services in railway companies. After its approval by the Commercial and Distribution Forum, it will be published and available on the new UIC website.

As is usual during these meetings, the participants gave an updated view on the situation of PRMs in their countries and the new developments of accessibility policies in their companies. Finally, future projects of the group were also discussed, and it was agreed to keep on working on some of these ideas so they will take shape over the next year.

The next meeting will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 8 – 9 March 2016.

For further information please contact Luis Casado Presa:

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UIC organised the second workshop on the new G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies in Paris on 27 October 2015

On 27 October 2015, UIC organised a workshop on the implementation of the new G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies, moderated and supported by Glenn Frommer.

Glenn Frommer is Head of Corporate Sustainability for a major public transport organisation and for over 20 years he has pioneered and implemented the organisational policies, strategies and programmes for environment, sustainability and CSR. He is a member of the GRI Working Group on Content and Materiality (GRI G3), the GRI Working Group on Disclosure of Management Aspects and assisted in drafting the newly released GRI G4 Guidelines.

The GRI’s mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice for all companies and organisations. Its framework is a reporting system that provides metrics and methods for measuring and reporting sustainability-related impacts and performance.

The aim of the new G4 Guidelines is to increase user-friendliness and accessibility. The emphasis on what is material encourages organisations to provide only information that is critical to their business and stakeholders. This means organisations and report users can concentrate on the sustainability impacts that matter, resulting in reports that are more strategic, more focused, more credible, and easier for stakeholders to navigate.

On 23 April, an initial workshop presented an overview of the G4 and the Gap Assessment as a basis for discussion and building consensus on a common approach to identifying key challenges for the rail sector. After this first workshop a draft handbook was produced and exchanged with the members facing the final workshop held on 27 October.

The main points discussed during the final workshop were how to address the materiality indicators for reporting, how to identify and to engage stakeholders in the reporting process. Participants agreed on the requirement of guidelines to implement the new GRIG4 and exchanged opinions regarding the future worldwide and regional trends on the topic, and how legal frames, stakeholders and large corporations are increasing their demands on the quality and standardisation of sustainability reporting.

In terms of the final output of the workshop, UIC will produce a final handbook on the main points to be improved and guidelines to implement the GRIG4 Standard.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 25 April 2019 European work programme 2020 Paris
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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