News from UIC members

United States: FRA completes environmental review for new Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) finished the environmental review (final environmental impact statement, or FEIS) to replace the Civil War-era Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel. The FEIS includes review of the route (Alternative 3B) for a new tunnel and incorporates changes sought by communities and neighborhoods in Baltimore during more than two dozen meetings held over the last two years.

“Rebuilding the B&P Tunnel is a significant undertaking along the Northeast Corridor,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “I am encouraged by the input provided by the communities, and that much of that input led to changes to make this project better for everyone involved. This is a great example of the value that public engagement and community involvement bring to the transportation planning process.”

In response to the input provided by communities and leaders in Baltimore, FRA relocated the ventilation plant location to West North Avenue to preserve a community garden, reduced the number of land parcels and historic properties impacted, decreased proposed relocations, and maintained the proposal to rebuild a larger and ADA-compliant West Baltimore MARC station.

The review includes proposed mitigation measures to address the impacts created by the route. These measures include establishing several grant funds to support community development and recreation facilities, providing project-related job training and hiring preferences for local workers of social and economic disadvantage, implementing construction noise and vibration mitigation plans, and establishing a grant fund for historic preservation.

The new tunnel would be about 100 feet underground, compared to the existing tunnel’s 20-foot depth. The deeper placement would nearly eliminate any noticeable vibrations from passing trains.

“This project is better because communities provided input on how a new tunnel could be built with as little impact as possible, and where there was an impact, how we can reduce it,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. “The new tunnel will keep trains moving along the Northeast Corridor and create jobs in Baltimore.”
The federal government has invested $60 million for the preliminary design and environmental review for this project. The state of Maryland estimates the project could create or support 7,000 jobs a year, over seven years, with more than 50 percent of those jobs in construction.

The new route will smooth out existing curves, enabling trains to double their speeds. About 140 Amtrak and MARC passenger trains and several Norfolk Southern freight trains currently travel through the existing tunnel daily, which is part of the Northeast Corridor, the nation’s busiest rail corridor. The new route will allow 388 trains to use the new tunnel daily.

In December 2015, the FRA presented three proposals for replacing the Civil War-era tunnel in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This past April, FRA revised those options following further feedback from Baltimore residents during public hearings held in February. While Amtrak owns the B&P Tunnel, FRA leads the environmental review process in cooperation with Maryland’s Department of Transportation.

Compared to Alternative 3A and Alternative 3C, Alternative 3B (the Preferred Alternative/new route) best meets the project’s purpose and need while minimizing environmental impacts. It provides high-level platforms for a newly rebuilt West Baltimore MARC Station, involves only minor impacts to the P. Flanigan & Sons asphalt plant (a major local employer), preserves two historic buildings that would be demolished by Alternative 3C, and improves average train travel time.

(Source: US Department of Transportation)

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UIC is definitively on the “digital track”, one year after having launched the UIC Worldwide Digital Platform

UIC’s 2nd Digital Conference held in St Petersburg focused on Security, Cyber-Security, Productivity and Services; the 1st UIC Digital Awards; a regularly enhanced Digital Progress Paper and a growing ecosystem

UIC launched its Worlwide Digital Platform in November 2015 which brought together representatives of the digital field among UIC Members at global level. This platform aims to share creative ideas, to ensure harmonisation, to support new developments and to boost innovation. It has identified three main areas of potential interest: security – and in particular the crucial issue of cyber security in which UIC is very involved – as well as services and productivity.

A worldwide Digital Conference organised in St Petersburg

In the framework of the UIC statutory meetings, UIC and Russian Railways (RZD) organised a digital conference on the theme “More trains, More connections, Better services for our customers” on 30 November in St Petersburg. This conference follows a series of events organised throughout 2016 dedicated to the digital issue.

This means that in only one year, by being particularly agile in leading projects, UIC gave the opportunity to its Members, partners, to startupers and Technical Opinion leaders to meet, to share, and even to start to co-build the future of mobility together.

  • A UIC event was organised in Washington in June on Security; Management of Security, one of the first historical fundamental values of the railway system, is crucial. Otherwise the Transport chain is weakened. Safety and Security are closely related and Safety Professionals use technology more and more to address human factors safety issues. Understanding the man-machine interface between the human and the technology is very important for Safety and Security. When the man-machine interface is not fully understood, human factor safety issues are sometimes traded for security vulnerabilities.
  • In October UIC also organised a dedicated workshop on Passenger and Freight in Paris; the intersection of digital technology and railways can be seen as an opportunity to improve the service and attractiveness of railways. ICT is already part of the Railways’ core functions: from waybilling to accounting and train control systems. Growing uses in passenger services and logistics make railway services more attractive and competitive.
  • For 2017, UIC will also organise a Conference on IoT input in Services and Infrastructure & Big Data next June in Beijing. Because Key Trends are here today – IOT and mobile apps are areas of development in which railway organisations will need to “play a role”. Because the revolution underway in Machine to Machine communications will have profound implications for all sectors, including the rail industry. Sensors, devices, systems and enterprise applications must work collaboratively, interacting with each other, and with the supply chain, regulators and customers in ways that produce lower CAPEX and OPEX project costs, improved customer experience, and more efficient running of the network.

Mr Evgeny Charkin (IT Director of the JSC “Russian Railways”), who became Co-Chairman of the UIC Digital Platform during the UIC General Assembly on 1 December, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, introduced the conference.

Mr Charkin said:

Regarding big data and IoT, we need to share knowledge, we need to benchmark. We also need standards as we talked about global infrastructure. And as shown today, we have started to build our eco-system together. Presentations given by start-ups were bright and had great potential. We have to continue to build this eco-system to face further digital challenges.

He added:

The UIC Digital Conference is the right place to talk about innovative, digital technologies. And it’s a good place to try such technologies – our new application allows participants to put all conference documents on their smartphones, ask questions to speakers, write notes and avoid using any paper during the conference.

Mr Loubinoux said:

We are living today in the Digital Era. Today, digital is everywhere. Transport modes and railways as the backbone must take advantage of this new opening. This is not an option…this is imperative. The role of UIC is to provide input, to provide the development framework of a Digital Hub; this role is not to develop projects for itself. Our motto is “Share-open-connect”; open up the relationship with incubators, universities, start-ups. We can all take benefit from this cooperation (not competition!). Share vision, best practices, data. Connect to each others, to others. That is the sense and philosophy of our 1st UIC Digital Awards! The next steps will be to go further with, among others, the development of several Proof of Concepts and then possible IRS. All these developments are included in the UIC Digital Progress paper available online on the UIC website.

Around 10 presentations were given during this conference, highlighting different aspects around three main themes:

  • “More trains/ freights/ passengers”
  • “Better connectivity”
  • “More services to clients”

This conference gave participants from all continents and from the railways as well as start-ups the opportunity to share the latest information on these themes and hold lively discussions.

On the other hand, taking into account the development of a data-driven economy and how Big data can make the difference for Railways, UIC will organise a conference on Big Data and IoT in Beijing in June 2017. Indeed digital is nothing without Data, and data is the key, its Collection, its Connection, as well as its Control and Correction, to keep man over the machine, and not vice versa.

1st UIC Digital Awards

In 2016, UIC decided to launch its first UIC Digital Awards. Together with its Members, railway companies, and through establishing ties with digital stakeholders, UIC wanted to seek to recognise the sharing of knowledge between railway companies and start-ups and to give them the opportunity to shape the future of mobility. These Awards, which will be continued in the future, open new perspectives to the railway sector and to future mobility due to the innovative and creative nature of start-up companies. Hence, the slogan of this first edition was “Start-ups! Together let’s shape the future of Mobility. UIC is your smart partner, Join the Ecosystem.”

This 1st edition was a success by receiving around 25 projects coming from start-ups based on the 5 continents.

During the UIC-RZD Digital conference, the three winners of this first edition had the opportunity to present their projects to railway CEOs in the categories Productivity (the winner was start-up Datadvance, from Russia), Services (the winner was start-up Glowee from France), Safety (the winner was start-up Borna, from Iran).

More details on the projects received at UIC in the context of the 1st UIC digital Awards are available here:

In the near future UIC will set up dynamic mapping of the start-up ecosystem and will catalyse some great success stories in this field.

UIC Digital Progress Paper

All these initiatives are catalysed in a common thread of UIC’s actions: the document titled “UIC Progress Paper”, enriched by meetings, by iterations, by humble but pragmatic approaches, based on the core business of UIC: the technical expertise.

Several prototypes known as Proof of Concepts have already been set up and concrete answers to concrete questions are already coming, not by themselves but the combined action of a chain of different actors, and coming not only from the Transport world. That’s a powerful added-value. These “POC” for example currently deal with the detection of shunting defects on track circuits. These prototypes, presented to our members, will be the basis for new IRSs (International Railway Solutions) which will then be passed on to industry.

UIC is a technical platform, at the service of its members around the world, and stays very attached to pragmatic solutions bringing added value to the railway sector and industry.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said:

If we agree that transport is the mobility of goods and people and is therefore the key to social economic growth; if we share the opinion that rail is the backbone of a new optimised transport modal mix, then the question is not if or when we survive this third digital revolution, but how fast we catch up with it and become a vector and driver of it, for the benefit of all, through our modest contribution.

Please visit the dedicated page at:

The projects of the 1st UIC Digital Awards winners are available here:

The UIC Digital Progress Paper is available here:

For further information please contact Francis Bedel:

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News from UIC members

Spain: Renfe has reduced it carbon footprint by 56% since 1990 to 24 grams of CO2 per transported unit

89% of Renfe’s passenger and freight traffic runs on electrified – and therefore partly decarbonised – networks supplied by a mix of electricity sources (53% emission-free and 33% renewable energy). The company has reduced it carbon footprint by 56% since 1990 (the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol) to 24.2 grams of CO2 per transported unit and has consistently maintained a strategy of sustainability and energy efficiency, which includes a new agreement with Adif to strengthen a number of areas in the railway system, improve consumption practices and energy savings, as well as innovative projects to analyse rail traction powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) or hydrogen fuel cells as potential alternatives for fossil fuel.

These were the main actions presented by Renfe towards a zero-emission transport sector in the medium to long-term during Conama2016 – the National Environment Congress held in Madrid.

Together with a number of other partners, Renfe is coordinating two innovation projects focused on studying the potential advantages of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors as an alternative to diesel traction for non-electrified lines in Spain.

Renfe is initiating other courses of action in the field of energy. The company has established a framework agreement with Adif (Spain’s railway infrastructure manager) on sustainability and energy efficiency focusing on the management of energy supply, traction efficiency and the management of energy for other purposes.

(Source: Renfe)

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News from UIC members

France: SNCF Gares & Connexions – in-station innovation offers customers mobile waste-disposal robot

SNCF Gares & Connexions has partnered with French start-up Immersive Robotics to create B.A.R.Y.L, a prototype mobile waste-disposal robot specially developed for use in stations. The goal? To offer customers a fun, innovative and intuitive way of doing their bit to keep stations clean and tidy.


B.A.R.Y.L offers customers an immediate benefit: by anticipating their needs, the robot makes their life easier - rather than them looking for a bin, the bin comes to them.
The “bin-bot” moves randomly across a defined area within the station. Its artificial intelligence allows it to gradually learn to spot customers with rubbish to throw away and home in on them. B.A.R.Y.L has an obstacle detector, and emits beeps and flashes in certain situations.
The robot is fitted with a gauge to measure how full it is. Once full, the bin-bot returns to base, where a member of station maintenance staff empties it. A future iteration of the robot may even send a text message to say it is full.

One-week trial at Paris Gare de Lyon before hitting France’s regions

The robot was trialled in real-life conditions at Paris Gare de Lyon from 5 - 10 December 2016. In 2017, it will depart for a “tour” of stations in the rest of France.

Collaboration between SNCF Gares & Connexions and French start-up Immersive Robotics sees prototype robot developed in only 5 months

SNCF’s Digital Directorate carried out an innovation benchmark, contacted Immersive Robotics via the SNCF start-ups network, and worked alongside them to develop the robot and its functionalities.

Putting cleanliness next to godliness for station customers

Improving cleanliness helps make stations centres of urban life, places people want to linger, shop, or use the other services on offer. With 10 million people passing through our stations every day, SNCF Gares & Connexions offers industrial cleaning solutions on a scale to match. It is why we are always innovating.

(Source: SNCF)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: 1000th container train passed through Altynkol station on the China-Europe route

On 1 December, the 1000th container train passed through Altynkol station and the dry port in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) “Khorgos – Eastern gate” on the China-Europe route.

The train, organised by JSC “KTZ Express” together with JSC United transport and logistics company (UTLC), passed the customs procedures and the overload on the 1520 track in just 55 minutes.

The Hewlett Packard (HP) products will arrive at the destination on 7 December.
“The attractiveness of this route is due to the infrastructure and the quality of logistics services provided in the dry port SEZ Khorgos – Eastern gate and the whole route on 1520”, said the President of JSC “KTZ Express” Dias Iskakov.

Currently, JSC “KTZ Express”, together with partners, operates on 17 regular container routes. In addition to the anchor partner in Lianyungang the company is cooperating with Chinese cities Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Xi’an, Yiwu, Hefei, and Lanzhou. The company’s clients are large multinational companies Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Huawei, Foxconn, Toshiba and others.

As noted by the first Vice-President of the UTLC E. Jakishev, “Soon customers will be offered a new transit time of delivery for the infrastructure of 1520 mm. This will improve the attractiveness of the railway route UTLC and will serve shareholders affected by the growth in traffic of 1 million TEU forecast for 2025”.

The capacity of the railway infrastructure on the base of the route UTLC allows you to provide unhampered volume. The terminals on the borders with the EU and China also have a significant margin of safety.

(Source: KTZ)

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Training Session on Commuter Regional Rail Systems, benchmarking Asian and European experiences, held from 29 November – 2 December 2016 in Moscow

The UIC Asia-Pacific, which attaches special importance to commuter transportation that is responsible in many countries for carrying the majority of rail passenger traffic, held a training session on commuter regional rail systems from 29 November – 2 December 2016 at Moscow State University of Rail Engineering (MIIT), which is one of the UIC Asia-Pacific regional training centers. The development of urban transport has been clearly identified as a key priority in the UIC Asia-Pacific strategic document Vision 2050.

Organised within the framework of activities of the UIC Asia-Pacific regional assembly, the main objectives of the session were to discuss the core approaches to a large range of commuter organisations among the APRA and European members, to provide a comprehensive overview of the organisation of commuter regional systems in different regions, discuss possible variants necessary for decision-making in different contexts, particularly for emerging commuter systems, to benchmark best practices from all around the world, and to lay the foundation for further professional contacts and networking. This kind of exchange clearly prevailed over didactic training throughout the session, thus responding to UIC’s objectives for organising training sessions such as these for APRA members.

The session was inaugurated by Mr Vincent Vu, Director of the UIC Institutional Relations Department in charge of APRA, Mr Iñaki Barrón, Director of the UIC Passenger and High Speed Department, and Dr Boris Lievin, Rector of MIIT.

The attendance of over 40 people comprised leading experts and speakers of UIC and European companies, Russian Railways and its affiliate companies, Russian institutions of city planning, numerous participants from UIC member organizations from Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and Vietnam.

The fruitful discussions focused on the main principles of commuter and regional train systems, intermodality and multimodality, city interchange hubs, technical aspects (infrastructure, operations, rolling stock, stations, business and social aspects of commuter traffic organisation, interaction with municipal authorities in urban planning, best practices in training, security and safety, sustainable development, financing and marketing, mobility, customer focused services, and ticketing.

Despite the density of the programme, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with Moscow central rail ring – a newly inaugurated facility of the Russian Railways – which is a part of comprehensive urban transportation system as well as Leningradsky rail station, and to take part in cultural visits of Moscow.

During the final session, held at the Gostiny Dvor exhibition centre hosting the programme of the events of the Transportation week 2016 exhibition and forum, the participants had the opportunity to summarise their opinions on the positive results of the training sessions and to be awarded joint UIC and MIIT certificates.

The next training sessions within the activities of the UIC expertise development platform in the APRA region will be held in 2017 in KORAIL/IRaTCA (Korea) in spring 2017 and in MIIT (Russia) in autumn 2017.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu, Coordinator of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region:

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The train and us: a few minutes together discussing the major topics

Today: what are the main challenges for the mobility of tomorrow? – What progress and innovations can we hope for in the world of transport in the future?

Gérard Feldzer, renowned expert in the field of transport, follows the progress very closely.

At the question “Which are the innovations that you believe deserve to be developed further?”, he answers:

Well, nowadays, with regard to passenger transport, we are aiming at comfort, obviously safety, and then also connectivity, that is to say that we want to make sure that the travel time – and I mean from home to the workplace – does not impinge either on the health or in terms of wasted time. So these are spaces for living, and that includes the stations themselves: we can see stations that are becoming commercial centres or centres for leisure time. As a result, we are working hard to raise the profile of transport, not as something that adds to our fatigue or makes us waste time, but as a place for living, and that includes the trains themselves. Well, that’s the issue for the short or medium term.

And in the long term, we’re looking at increasing speeds and increasing capacities. We need to double up in almost all areas. And then there’s the technology, to consume less: to consume less energy. Like the box from Alstom, for example, which is on show at COP; they are presenting a patent, a system where the recovery of braking energy can be used to supply stations. And they’re managing to gain 40% of energy, which is a considerable achievement.

In terms of rail, the future, there’s a moment when you want to transport hundreds of millions of passengers, especially in urban and suburban transport, and when you’re transporting from point to point, from town centre to town centre, there is simply no other solution than the train. The routes are saturated, and they will be more and more, etc. There are composite options. You can use the verges, the hard shoulders, to make tramlines or rail tracks. There is considerable scope there for new inventions. But we’re going to try to increase capacities without causing any harm either to the health or to the environment. It is true that when a train crosses France, it does affect millions of people because they can hear the train. From a speed of less than five kilometres an hour, you can hear the train, so it is an inconvenience. It’s different with aircraft, for example: you’re going to annoy millions of persons at the take-off and landing, that’s true, around the airports, but all of the rest of the time it’s cruising. So there are pros and cons on all sides.

And there are some things happening that are quite amusing. In terms of future projects, there is one that quite astonished me, which is a combination of rail and air travel. EPFL, the Federal Polytechnic College of Lausanne, has designed something it calls “Clip Air”. And what exactly is “Clip Air”? It’s actually a plane fuselage, waiting for you in the station in the centre of town. It will then roll and attach itself under a transporter plane. There is one that may come from Gare de l’Est in Paris, another that can come from Lille or from Strasbourg or from Frankfurt, no matter: and the plane can take these three fuselages from the town centre. And the same thing happens in reverse in New York or elsewhere.

You can watch the full interview here:

And more to come regularly in the future!

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UIC to be a partner in the IRFC 2017 International Rail Forum and Conference

The International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) is a notable event in the international railway sector’s calendar, bringing together top managers, railway and logistics experts, customers, prominent politicians and institutions from across Europe. The 6th IRFC will be held in Prague from 22 to 24 March 2017 (Wednesday to Friday) at the Clarion Hotel Prague with the motto: “Let’s make European Railway EASY!” The conference languages with simultaneous interpreting will be English, Czech and Russian.

In March 2017, IRFC will continue the tradition of the railway experts’ convention, which began in 2008. During that time scores of eminent experts have commented on different current issues and problems within the given period. Once again, the main themes of the upcoming conference will be projects and trends that are hotly debated of late.

Conference participants will without doubt be interested in the effect and impact of legislation on their everyday practice. Debated topics will cover liberalisation, standardisation, competitiveness and sustainability of rail transportation and will no doubt be mentioned in the introductory section by the prominent representatives of international organisations and institutions such as EUAR (European Union Agency for Railways), UIC (International Union of Railways), OSŽD (Organisation for Co-operation between Railways), UNIFE (Association of the European Rail Industry), CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) and Shift2Rail (Joint Undertaking for the European Rail Research and Innovation). These establishments are the conference patrons together with the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic and Economic Committee of the Czech Parliament.

One of the main topics will be digitisation; networked Digital Single Market is one of the first two priorities of European Union policy where the use of the opportunities offered by the digital technology these tools, particularly in the transport industry, may improve utilisation of existing resources and the everyday life of people. IRFC will acquaint participants with the current opportunities, challenges, real examples of implementation, and enable representatives of major organisations and industry players to present their strategy for digitisation.

Another current topic included in IRFC 2017 is interoperability and implementation of TAF/TAP TSI. Standardised information exchange between participants in railway transport is under the Regulation of the European Commission and a binding implementation plan was also formulated whereby the railway operators, infrastructure managers and wagon owners shall be required to communicate with each other on the basis of the said standards. IRFC will bring this topic up to date, present examples of relevant software products and also specific cases of the TSI implementation in practice.

Traditional block of lectures will be focused on innovations in technology of transporting packages, special consignments and dangerous goods by rail, Single Wagon Load, safety, monitoring, etc. Conference participants will also welcome the opportunity to learn what’s new in Asia-Europe shipments and their needs, further trends and future.

Information relating to the ongoing and completed research and innovation programme projects will without doubt be interesting, outlining the practice of using a variety of options of financing their activities and intentions, also focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. Projects within the EUREKA, Horizon 2020, and particularly Shift2Rail will be presented.

The conference programme will be complemented by the discussion forum with contributions from the prominent personalities of European transport policy and railway institutions, which will be held on Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Integral parts of the conference are the established accompanying exhibition and events, the first day’s gala evening and the Czech Evening at the end of the second day. A specialised excursion during the third day concludes the three-day programme.

For further information please visit or

Online registration is available at this link:

Those who wish to keep up with current developments in rail transportation should attend IRFC 2017.

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Latest documents and updates in Energy Efficiency and Carbon Performance

The monitoring of progress towards the UIC-CER Sustainable Mobility targets was published last week. The document ‘2016 Report’ of the ‘Environmental Strategy Reporting System’ includes a full monitoring of the indicators on Climate Protection, Energy Efficiency and Exhaust Emissions.

This monitoring process was possible thanks to the contributions of the UIC members and the active involvement of the Energy Efficiency and CO2 experts’ network and the technical support of the Sustainable Development Foundation based in Rome.

In terms of the main results, the specific energy consumption has been reduced by 20.4% in the passenger sector and by 25.9% in the freight sector from 1990 to 2014 matching the linear trend to reach the 2030 targets.

Regarding the specific CO2 emissions, the passenger sector presents a results in a Market-based approach of 45% reduction in the period 1990-2014, while they decreased by 37% according to the Location-based approach. Both the performances are in line with the target, being below the expected “linear” value for 2014 (-35%).

In the case of the freight sector, specific CO2 emissions decreased by 50% from 1990 to 2014 considering the market-based approach, and by 46% considering the location-based approach. Both of them correspond to a higher reduction than the expected “linear” value for 2014 (35%).

Regarding exhaust emissions, total particulate matter (PM) emissions have been reduced by about 30% in 2014 from the 2005 baseline, which is about 15% more than the linear performance expected in 2014, and total nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions have been reduced by 40% in 2014 from the 2005 baseline, 26% more than the expected linear performance.

The report is available for members of UIC Extranet at this link:

This information has been used to update the Eco-Passenger environmental impacts calculator (, which launched the new updated version of the methodology and implemented the latest data from railway environmental performance.

The latest update of the tool including a version for smart-phones operatives systems, allows improves the usability for 25% of users visiting from mobiles and tablets. The users of the tool include 60% of visitors aged between 18 and 35 years and one third of visitors are from the Netherlands and Italy. The layout and usability update performed in November 2015 enables four times as many users to visit the website (see eNews 493 for further details).

In addition, a new UIC report on “Technologies and Potential Developments for Energy Efficiency and CO2 reduction in Rail Systems” has been published on the UIC website:

The report, produced by UIC with the technical support of the Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE), includes the main measures and actions available to improve energy and carbon efficiency in the railways.

The document highlights the potential of making energy improvements in the mid-term, including a revision of the latest research on energy reduction. The document also analyses the best practices carried out by rail companies to encourage energy efficiency.

According to all the possible actions to improve energy efficiency, the study concludes by stating that the 2030 rail sector as a whole has potential in using existing technologies to make improvements of 20 to 30% of energy consumptions and carbon emissions.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor of Energy and CO2:

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OPEUS project launched on 4 November 2016 in Brussels

The aim of OPEUS is to develop a simulation methodology and accompanying modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on in-vehicle innovation.

The OPEUS concept is based on the need to understand and measure the energy being used by each of the relevant components of the rail system and in particular the vehicle. This includes the energy losses in the traction chain, the use of technologies to reduce these and to optimise energy consumption. Specifically, the OPEUS approach has three components at its core, the energy simulation model, the energy use requirements (e.g. duty cycles) and the energy usage outlook and optimisation strategies recommendation.

The concept builds on an extensive range of knowledge and outcomes generated by a number of key collaborative projects (e.g. CleanER-D, MERLIN, OSIRIS, RailEnergy, ROLL2RAIL) underpinning the research proposed, all of which have been led by OPEUS consortium members. The tool developed for the CleanER-D project in particular will be used as a starting point.

The kick-off meeting was held on 4 November in Brussels and the project is set to run until April 2019.

For further information please contact the Project Coordinator Dr Roberto Palacin, Newcastle University:

Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

Isabelle De Keyzer, Work Package Leader Dissemination:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
  • 8-9 November 2017 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) SWJTU, Chengdu, China
  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

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