21st September 2015
Rail will play a decisive role in the strategy for tackling climate change, according to UNIFE and Transdev Group ahead of the United Nations COP21 climate change conference.
At a Rail Forum Europe dinner held in Brussels on 14 September, UNIFE – the association of Europe’s leading large and SME rail supply companies – and Transdev Group highlighted the importance of rail in the battle to tackle climate change. This announcement comes ahead of the United Nations COP21 climate change conference due to take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris. Both parties emphasised rail being the back bone of sustainable transport and should therefore increase its share in relation to more polluting modes of transport.
Henri, Poupart-Lafarge, Member of the UNIFE Presiding Board and President of Alstom Transport, highlighted that climate targets will not be reached without significant efforts on transport and presented the rail industry approach to sustainable mobility, commenting: “We look forward to COP 21 later this year as rail can play a substantial role in combatting climate change, provided the legal framework sets the right incentives. The European Rail Industry is up to the challenge. At Alstom we are committed to improving the energy efficiency of all our products by 20% by 2020, and are investing heavily in innovation to reach that target”.