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Environmental advantages of railways highlighted in new report

last modified Aug 11, 2012 06:55 PM

The environmental advantages of railways has been highlighted in a new report published jointly by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Union onf Railways (UIC).

The report - "Railway Handbook 2012: Energy Consumption and CO2 Emmisions" includes the latest information from the UIC and IEA databases. This publication will be updated annually in order to provide institutions, associations and decision-makers, such as the European Commission and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, with robust and up-to-date data.

The transport sector is responsible for nearly 23% of energy-based
CO2 emissions worldwide, mainly due to road traffic. Transport CO2
total emissions have constantly increased since 1990 and all transport
modes – except railways – have increased their GHG emissions from fuel

The International Energy Agency (IEA), established in November 1974, has
over the years gained recognition as one of the world’s most authoritative
sources for energy statistics. Every year the Agency publishes global

energy statistics and CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, which include
transport-related data.

The International Union of Railways (UIC) represents more than 200 railway
companies and associations over the world. The railway companies
operating worldwide produce less than 1% of total CO2 emissions.

Further information:

UIC Press release

IEA Press release,28859,en.html

The report
Railway Handbook 2012: Energy Consumption and CO2 Emmisions