Wednesday 27 April 2022

Reminder: UIC to launch its Rail Sustainability Index with an online event on 3 May 2022, 14:00-16:00 CET

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To mark the official start of the first year of the Rail Sustainability Index (RSi), UIC invites all members to attend this interactive online event.

The event will be of interest to those in leading roles in communications, CSR and sustainability performance reporting in all types of railway organisations and in all regions around the world. The session will allow you to better understand the online reporting tool and ask any questions you might have, as well as interact with other members working in this field.

You will hear from the United Nations and other industry partners on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and on rail’s role in delivering them, as well as the importance of transparent and credible reporting.

All members are invited to take part in this global and truly collaborative project.


The Rail Sustainability Index (RSi) is a new tool being designed for and with the global rail community. Previously named the ‘SDG Rail Index’, the tool will provide UIC members with a unique rating system and a supportive digital platform based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations to assess the performance of each railway based on a selection of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).


The Rail Sustainability Index has been developed to provide UIC members with:

  • a reporting system on each individual company’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs, featuring benchmarks and best practices, as well as the contribution of the sector as a whole,
  • improved access to green bonds and sustainable finance instruments.


14:00 Welcome
Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior advisor, RSi project manager
Keynote address
François Davenne, UIC Director General

14:10 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the role of rail in delivering the SDGs
Riina Jussila, UN DESA

14:20 Introducing the Rail Sustainability Index
Paolo Mazzeo, Project Chairman, FS

14:40 Question and answer session

14:45 Investors’ vision of how the RSi’s can help investor decision making
Joe Robinson, Equitix

14:55 Vision of reporting standard setting organisations – Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Speaker tbc, GRI

15:05 Question and answer session + Poll What is your interest in the RSi?

15:10 Making visible your contribution to the RSi - Claim your badge!

15:20 Panel discussion on member testimonies and expectations
Moderator: Christine Vanoppen, Chair of the Sustainability Platform/REG (LINEAS)
Panellists from GRI, Equitix, Representatives of LINEAS, ADIF, FS Italiane, VIA Rail (3-5 mins Q&A per panelist, follow-up questions and exchanges with audience)

15:55 Wrap-up and closing remarks - OFFICIAL launch of the 1st data collection campaign
Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor/RSi Project Manager
Lucie Anderton, CEnv, Head of the Sustainability Unit


Registration for the event is available on this page:


To find out more about the project, visit

For further information, please contact Isabelle de Keyzer, UIC Senior advisor, Environment and Sustainability at dekeyzer@uic.orggro.ciu:rezyeked’)]

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