2021: the European year of rail

On 4 March, the European Commission proposed a European Climate Law. This paves the way for a legally binding EU commitment to climate neutrality by 2050. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies has called it a step in the right direction. Reaching zero emissions by 2050 must be reflected in all relevant Union legislation and policies and heartily welcomes the launch of the European Climate Pact.

Railway companies are ready to work with partners to deliver sustainable solutions in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) said. Its Executive Director Libor Lochman said: “The European Climate Law should serve to trigger ambitious climate action that can take the EU forward on its greenhouse gas emission trajectory through accelerating the shift to sustainable mobility.

“By linking climate, energy and transport policies, we can effectively reduce the environmental footprint of transport and enhance affordable mobility at the same time. CER will be making concrete proposals to promote rail as the backbone of sustainable mobility throughout 2020.”

European Year of Rail

The Commission has also proposed today to make 2021 the European Year of Rail, to support the delivery of its European Green Deal objectives in the transport field. A series of events, campaigns and initiatives will promote rail as a sustainable, innovative and safe mode of transport. It will highlight its benefits for people, the economy and the climate and focus on the remaining challenges to create a true Single European Rail Area without borders.

“We very much support the Commission’s proposal to make 2021 the European Year of Rail. This will be the perfect occasion to showcase rail’s unbeatable advantages when it comes to modernising and greening Europe’s mobility sector”, commented Lochman.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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