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RCG switches to green traction in the Czech Republic

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group takes another step towards green mobility. After using traction current from renewable sources in Austria and Germany, the company will do the same in all its operations in the Czech Republic.

The switch in green traction energy has already been decided and implemented in RCG’s TransFER services in the central European country. Specifically, the sustainable transport scheme will be implemented on the Brno-Budapest and Melnik-Hamburg intermodal services and other wagonloads like the one between Bohumin/Petrovice and Hohenau.

Sustainable path for an important market

Rail freight transport might have lower CO2 emissions than other transport modes. However, there are still ways to make it more environmentally friendly. One of those ways is the use of electricity as a source of traction power. Add renewable electricity sources to the equation, and then you are on the way to a net-zero emission rail freight future.

RCG has been implementing this strategy in Austria since the summer of 2018 and since early 2021 in Germany. The Chech Republic is the latest addition while more countries will follow, says RCG. Why was the Czech Republic among the first countries to implement this green strategy? Because RCG currently recognises the country as one of the most potent European rail freight markets, where it is active in the agriculture, waste management, timber, chemical and building sectors.

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