Information published on 31 August 2021 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr eNews.

Rail to the COP

  • Freight
  • Passenger
  • Climate Change
  • COP26
  • Promoting
  • Sustainability

UIC is supporting the dedicated Climate Train that will be taking delegates to this year’s United Nations Conference of the Parties 26 in Glasgow. This special service, provided by ProRail, NS, Eurostar and AVANTI, will travel from Amsterdam to Glasgow on Saturday 30 October, stopping in Rotterdam, Brussels and changing in London. With the support of SNCF, a second Eurostar train will connect from Paris, meeting the Amsterdam train in London so that delegates can meet and travel the last leg of the journey to Glasgow together.

You are all invited to apply for your spot onboard NOW! Tickets go on sale on Monday 30 September at Rail to the Cop.

Postponed by 12 months, this important COP will be a milestone in securing action to mitigate climate change. The recent IPCC report issued a ‘Code Red’ to the leaders of the world on behalf of the scientific community and stressed the ever-clearer urgency to act.

As evidenced by the UIC climate declaration, signed by 35 members, railways are already taking innovative action to achieve net zero before 2050. Furthermore, rail is already the greenest form of transport and must be ready to take a bigger share of passengers and freight by the end of the decade if we are to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. UIC representatives, as official COP Observers, will act as the voice of the global rail community at COP and promote the importance of rail in mitigating climate change.

For these important reasons, the ‘Rail to the COP’ train is the perfect way for delegates to travel to the conference. This dedicated train will celebrate rail and its sustainability credentials and there will be an exciting onboard programme of interactive workshops and activities to get involved in.

Join us and spread the word!

For further information, please contact Lucie Anderton, Head of Sustainable Development Unit, at anderton@uic.org