Tuesday 25 February 2014
Sustainable Development

Register now for the 5th UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference (UIC EED 2014), to be held in Antwerp, from 16 to 19 June 2014

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The 5th UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference jointly organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel will be held this year in the historical city of Antwerp in Belgium, from 16 to 19 June 2014.

Energy Efficiency is the best fuel to move our trains: it extends energy supplies, increases energy security, lowers CO2 emissions, improves air quality and supports sustainable economic growth.

All this with no additional costs associated! But cost saving is not the only driver for energy efficiency. Numerous are the benefits linked to an efficient management of railways’ everyday life. But how can energy efficiency be integrated into daily operation? What kind of measures are needed in terms of policies and innovation? And what are members doing or planning to do in this field?

Hosted on the charming grounds of the Antwerp Zoo (Zalen van de Zoo) next to the beautiful “Antwerpen-Centraal” station, the event will try to provide an answer to these questions and many more.

It will represent a unique opportunity to discuss policy, security of supply, future availability of renewable energy, electricity market, innovation, energy efficiency measures, day-to-day management and long-term planning, metering and billing and more.

The UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference, http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/, will include two important parallel events: the 9th Eress Forum and the EU Co-Funded MERLIN project mid-term conference.

The Eress Forum is a yearly gathering where experts from Railway Undertakings, representatives from Infrastructure Managers, politicians from the European Union and national governments, journalists and suppliers exchange their experiences and points of view. This year’s Eress Forum will hold two sessions during Day 2 of the conference on the morning of 18 June. http://www.eress.eu/

The first session will deal with the link between the energy market and the railway market and the second session will explain how energy metering helps in reducing the energy consumptions.

The other parallel event, the MERLIN project, will be holding its mid-term conference during the first day.

This project, funded through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) of the European Commission, aims to investigate and demonstrate the viability of an integrated management system to achieve a more sustainable and optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems. To know more about the MERLIN project, please visit the project website: http://www.merlin-rail.eu/

You can find detailed information on this conference regarding the venue, accommodation, registration and a draft version of the programme on our website: http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/

For further information please contact Veronica Aneris, UIC Senior Advisor Energy & Environment: aneris@uic.org

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Antwerp Zoo, view of the entrance