Information published on 11 January 2011 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 220.

Russia: Russian Railways’ environmental protection work in 2010

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Russian Railways invested 1.4 billion rubles in the construction and reconstruction of environmental protection facilities during 2010, as part of its Environmental Strategy. Under the programme, 110,000 tons of industrial and consumer waste were recycled and neutralized, and greenhouse gas emissions were slashed by 345,700 tons.

Company subsidiaries reduced emissions of atmospheric pollutants from stationary sources by 5%. The smaller environmental impact was achieved by technical retrofitting, an effective system for managing and monitoring environmental activities, and through investment projects.

During 2010, the company conducted shoreline reinforcement work near the lines along Lake Baikal and the Black Sea coast, and overhauled diesel locomotives, switching outdated engines for more modern and environmentally friendly models.
Gas-turbine and dual-mode shunters were used for moving trains, an innovative freight road locomotive was developed and tested, and energy saving measures were adopted, including the installation of LED lighting.

(Source: RZD)