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At the time when climate change is a central element in all economic decision making and choices, rail becomes the right alternative:

If we compare road to rail, 90% of the total domestic transport emissions come from the road whilst rail is responsible for only 0.6% of diesel emissions. Between 1990 and 2005, the European railways managed to cut their CO2 emissions by 21% (source: UIC).

Rail freight is the eco-friendly solution to transport more goods in a better way for the climate. CO2 emissions are indeed 8 times less then the road and rail freight is actually the most energy efficient transport mode (soruce: UIC). It is also the most efficient transport mode from a land use point of view because it avoids congestion and guarantees safety. And one should not forget another of the major advantages of rail: the reduction of exhaust emissions, often highly concentrated in cities because of the cars.

For more information, please visit UIC’s environmental website.

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Train to Copenhagen

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The Ecological Transport Information Tool is an Internet tool that compares the environmental impacts of goods transported by different modes within Europe. EcoTransIT compares the energy consumption, greenhouse gas and exhaust emissions of freight transported by rail, road, ship and aircraft.

The same tool also exists for passenger transportation, EcoPassenger.

Recommended reports

The Rail transport and environment report presents the statistical and factual evidence on the impact of the different transport modes. To download the report, please click

The purpose of this study is to obtain a realistic analysis of the environmental performance of combined transport  . The emphasis was particularly on the road-rail techniques. To get access to the study please click

The Rail Diesel emissions study shows the status of possible emission reduction measures in terms of costs and benefits.

VIDEO film


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Green Cargo is working closely with two of their major clients in developing sustainable transport systems with the aim to reduce the CO2 emissions...