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Sustainability Impact Awards 2024









Celebrating the best of mobility for people, planet and prosperity

Application deadline:
22 May 2024
Presentation ceremony:
25 September 2024, Innotrans Berlin

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A prestigious competition organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Foundation. The aim of the awards is to honour and showcase outstanding achievements in the global railway sector, with a strong emphasis on sustainability.




How to complete an application

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Create an account 

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Fill in the online form and choose your category.

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Submit your application

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Wait for feedback. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to the awards ceremony



The UIC Sustainability Impact Awards 2024 categories recognise the range of innovation which is transforming the rail sector today. The categories are divided into 4 macro-subjects, each devoted to a different aspect of sustainability.
Each category aligns with the UIC 2030 vision “Design a better Future” and connects to a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

These categories celebrate the best of the best, and will be given to the projects, initiatives and individuals who have made the most notable contribution to sustainable development. The projects submitted should be able to demonstrate that they had an impact in 2022-2023.

Customer Service

Accessibility, diversity and inclusion
Recognise projects and programmes that go beyond regulatory requirements to create an inclusive and accessible railway environment. This includes measures to improve physical accessibility and social inclusivity, provide assistance for passengers with additional needs, and implement policies that embrace diversity and inclusion for both passengers and staff.

Climate change adaptation and resilience
Recognise projects that actively contribute to climate change adaptation and resilience, ensuring that railway services can withstand and recover from the impact of extreme weather events and other climate-related challenges.


Energy and decarbonization
Recognise projects and technologies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability by lowering energy consumption, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and actively participating in efforts to combat climate change within the railway industry.

Natural resources
Highlight projects and technologies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices by minimising the depletion of natural resources, optimising the use of resources, and adopting environmentally friendly approaches, with a particular focus on promoting biodiversity and circular initiatives in railway development and operations.


Cities and Communities

Modal shift
Recognise initiatives, strategies, and projects within cities and communities that successfully promote the transition of passengers or freight from traditional, less sustainable modes of transport to rail services.

Healthy cities and communities
Acknowledge efforts that enhance the quality of life in cities and communities by prioritising health. This can include measures to reduce air pollution, noise, and the overall environmental impact of transport.

Seamless Connectivity

Acknowledge and celebrate partnerships that improve overall connectivity by enabling a seamless transition and efficient interchange between various modes of transport. This encompasses initiatives aimed at enhancing accessibility, minimising transfer times, and offering passengers convenient and integrated travel options. As part of this, improving accessibility involves integrating information, digitisation, and ticket sales, as well as physical connectivity, which all contribute to a more harmonious and connected travel experience.


Our 2024 Judges

The UIC Sustainability Impact Awards 2024 judges bring a great depth and diversity of knowledge to the judging panel.

In their daily work around the globe, they advocate for, and help to achieve, sustainable infrastructure and energy use, a better experience for the public, for passengers and for workers, enabling green investment in visionary projects and initiatives.


  1. Convene and network for Sustainability leaders in rail
  2. Celebrate and recognise best practice in UIC members
  3. Bring to light the stories that can be used to promote rail sustainability – showing impact made to SDGs and connect to the UIC Vision 2030

Eligible initiatives: from UIC members with results in 2021-2023 from Freight, Passenger or IMs only (not suppliers/industry).

Also potential for Overall winner or jury special mention.


Scoring weighting

  • Impact on SDGs (high score if co-benefits are hitting several SDGs) 35% 35%
  • Demonstrable and Quantifiable Impacts for the topic 35% 35%
  • Demonstrating staff and/or Community Engagement (Collaboration and Communication) 15% 15%
  • Longevity, Scalability, Replicability, Fostering Long Term Changerm Change 15% 15%

President of the Jury

Lucie Anderton

Lucie Anderton

Head of Sustainable Development - International Union of Railways (UIC)

As Head of Sustainable Development at the UIC, Lucie acts as technical and team lead for environmental and social sustainability projects, including international advocacy for rail. Lucie is seconded from Network Rail.

Lucie has worked in rail for more than 15 years, performing roles both in strategic policy and embedded in project teams delivering large rail infrastructure projects. Her specialist knowledge lies in topics including Environmental Impact Assessment, sustainable low carbon design, construction site assurance, delivering biodiversity gains in construction projects as well as social value and corporate charity partnerships.

Christian Kern

Christian Kern

Former Federal Chancellor - Republic of Austria

Christian served as Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria from 2016-17. He was previously CEO of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Chairman of The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER).

Christian is Managing Partner of the technology investment company The Blue Minds Company. He is also a member of the board of Russian Railways.

Customer Services

Accessibility, diversity and inclusion

Floridea Di Ciommo

Floridea Di Ciommo

Director - cambiaMO

Floridea is Director of the non-profit cooperative cambiaMO | changing Mobility, Madrid – Spain Research director on travel behaviour, evaluation, and gender approaches in mobility and climate change. Her main activities include: research direction and evaluation for the EU, European Investment Bank, the International and National projects; participation such as Civil Society observer to the climate negotiation during the United Nation Framework for Climate Change Conference – UNFCCC (e.g. GST, ACE, GGA); publication of academic papers in travel behaviour, accessibility, governance and stakeholders guidelines. She is an Associate Professor in Urban sustainability at UC3M – Madrid, Spain. She has a PhD in urban planning and transport at the ENPC-Paris-tech.

Christopher Irwin

Christopher Irwin

Member of the Management Board - European Passengers’ Federation

Christopher is a member of the Management Board of the European Passengers’ Federation. He is also the European Policy Adviser to the British statutory watchdog Transport Focus and a director of TravelWatch SouthWest.  He is co-chair of the Sector Mirror Group that advises the intergovernmental Platform on Cross-border Passenger Rail and, since Brexit, has been an occasional expert adviser on transport-related issues to the UN Economic Commission for Europe.
His appointments in the rail sector have included chairmanship of the European Railway Agency, official adviser on transport research to the European Commission for Horizon 2020 and the preparation of its current Horizon Europe programmes, and co-chair of the Franco-British Intergovernmental Commission that oversees the Channel Tunnel.
Earlier in his career, Christopher was founding CEO of BBC World Service television and Managing Director of Guinness World Records.

Climate change adaptation and resilience

Raimondo Orsini

Raimondo Orsini

Director - Sustainable Development Foundation

Raimondo is the Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation since 2008, a not-for-profit organization based in Rome, funded by more than 130 companies, business associations and experts.
He has a long experience in sustainability issues: he graduated in environmental law, with a Master degree in sustainable transport systems. From 1999 to 2005 he was leader of Trenitalia environment team and from 2005 to 2008 was senior environment and sustainability advisor at International Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris.
Lecturer and speaker in international conferences on climate and sustainability, he has published a number or articles on environmental issues as well as on the green transition of companies.


Energy and decarbonisation

Yaroslav Kholodov

Yaroslav Kholodov

Policy Analyst and Project Manager - International Transport Forum at the OECD

Yaroslav Kholodov is a Policy Analyst and Project Manager at the International Transport Forum (ITF) within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He also leads ITF’s workstreams on accessibility and rail. Mr Kholodov holds two Master’s degrees in Transport Planning and Railway Engineering. With more than six years of experience in the transport sector, he has advised state enterprises, local and national governments on regional development, sustainable transport systems and infrastructure design. Mr Kholodov is an expert on urban mobility, sectoral decarbonisation and data-driven policymaking.

Richard Alexander Roehrl

Richard Alexander Roehrl

Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Integrated Policy Analysis Branch - Division for Sustainable Development Goals (UN-DESA)

Mr. Richard A. Roehrl is a physicist, economist and policy analyst. At present, he is a team leader and Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs where he is responsible for science, technology and infrastructure issues. He works towards strengthening the science-policy interface which has led to the creation of a number of new UN entry points for science and technology stakeholders in support of the aspirations of the SDGs. In particular, he co-initiated the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the UN Global Sustainable Development Report, among others. Mr. Roehrl has advised governments, supported negotiations, and engaged with science communities on a wide range of issues. He has led research and assessments on sustainable development, frontier technologies, infrastructures, energy, climate, transport, and scenario analysis. He also leads analytical work on science and technology futures and the broader impacts of emerging science and technologies.
Mr. Roehrl received his education from the universities of Munich, Oxford, London, and Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Natural resources

Margrethe Sagevik

Margrethe Sagevik

Sustainability and life sciences Consultant - Norway

Margrethe, with 20+ years in rail and sustainable mobility, is an advisor and coach committed to sustainability. Her years at company and sector levels, nationally and internationally, taught her that real change is driven by brave individuals, not boardrooms. Now, she guides people and leaders to discover their courage, fostering sustainable decisions. She is a fan of Inner Development Goals (IDG)
Her rail years includes 8 years as a sustainable development advisor at the International Union of Railways (UIC), advocating internationally for rail, climate and sustainable mobility. She also served as head of sustainability at Vy in Norway.

Cities and Communities

Healthy cities and communities

Tu My Tran

Tu My Tran

Head of Sustainable Mobility and Global Coordinator - ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

She leads programs that help cities transition to climate-friendly transportation systems for people and goods. Tu My focuses on decarbonizing transport, improving last-mile logistics, digitalizing transportation, and promoting walking and cycling. With a background in management and international relations, she brings a pragmatic approach to urban sustainability across Europe, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

Cecilia Andersson

Cecilia Andersson

Urban and Regional Planner with a focus on Human geography - UN-HABITAT

Cecilia Andersson, an urban and regional planner, manages the UN-Habitat Global Space Programme, supporting cities in developing public spaces and city-wide strategies/policies for safe, socially inclusive, and accessible urban environments. Previously, she served as an Urban Safety Expert for the UN-Habitat Safer Cities Programme, focusing on women’s safety and violence against women. With experience as a Development Researcher in South Africa and as an Assistant Desk Officer at the Urban Development Division of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), she brings expertise in urban development. She has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Modal shift

Holger Dalkmann

Holger Dalkmann

CEO and Founder - Sustain 2030

Holger Dalkmann is a well-known thought leader with over twenty-five years experience in the field of transport, cities, sustainability and climate change.Holger is Founder & CEO of Sustain 2030. He is supporting governmental organisations, foundations and leading NGOs in their efforts to scale their impact towards decarbonisation and sustainable development. Holger was one of the co-founders as well as board member of SLOCAT and Director for WRI’s sustainable transport program.He has published over 100 articles including the influential Avoid-Shift-Improve concept. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at international events on sustainable mobility and climate change.

Seamless Connectivity

Lidia Signor

Lidia Signor

Head of Multimodal Mobility Unit - The International Association of Public Transport (UITP)

Lidia Signor is the Head of the new UITP unit that covers combined mobility (focusing on the integration of mass transit with active and shared mobility) as well as shared mobility. Italian national, she got her main degree from Ecole des Ponts, France, in Urban Mobility Planning and Design. After her professional experience in France, Peru and Morocco and before joining UITP 4 years ago, she gained valuable expertise in stakeholders’ coordination at the MaaS Alliance and in European project management at ERTICO-ITS Europe, based in Brussels. She speaks Italian, French, Spanish, English and a basic Portuguese.

David Sarfatti

David Sarfatti

Senior Advisor - International Union of Railways (UIC)

David Sarfatti, a 1998 graduate with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Caen, France, and Applied Statistics from the University of Joensuu, Finland, has built a successful career path. Formerly an IT Project Manager in the French Railway and European Distribution expert at Avancial Paris, one of SNCF’s IT Branch, he has been the Chairman of the UIC working group for Rail Passenger Ticketing since 2012.
Specializing in UIC European standardization, David has been instrumental in driving the digitalization of rail tickets, leading the development of innovative barcodes and paperless ticket solutions. Recognized for his expertise, he assumed the role of Senior Advisor in the UIC Passenger Department in 2019, showcasing his commitment to advancing the future of rail ticketing through innovation and cooperation.

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