UIC Circular Economy Sector:

Save the date and call for speakers for the Zero Waste Railways workshop “Cross sector collaborations and innovations”, Zürich, 24 April 2024

Continuing their exploration on how to promote circular economy, the Zero Waste series of workshop intends to address systems thinking and discuss how cross sector collaborations and innovations can stimulate the efficient implementation of circular economy in the rail sector.

This fourth workshop will be hosted by SBB-CFF-FFS and include a technical visit to a site emblematic in terms of circularity and reuse of heritage railway assets, collaboration with local authorities, and economic transformation of an ancient industrial area.

Proposed agenda
23 April (13.30 - 17.00) – Technical visit

24 April (9.30 – 16.00) – Workshop (hybrid format)

Keynote session on systems thinking

Collaborative success stories

  • A collaborative success story: « Nothing to waste in ballast », SNCF Réseau
  • Collaboration with the social community and regional government, KORAIL
  • Takeaways from collaborative European Projects involving circular economy and design best practices, Italferr / FS Group
  • ERJU Collaboration between operating company / construction company: Using non-recyclable used thermoset composites to produce new rail sleepers a success story, NS
  • A collaborative success story: Using recycled plastic in rail infrastructure Network Rail + SICUT
  • Collaboration with national authorities: Achieving climate-neutral and circular infrastructure, ProRail

Inspirations from other sectors

  • Value of redundant assets, Transport for London
  • Supply industry, WABTEC
  • Learnings from circular buildings projects

Interactive session
(topic tbd)

Call for speakers:

Be a part of it!

Join us to present case studies, best practices, nature-based solutions or any systems thinking based innovation to inspire a panel of Circular Economy, sustainability experts, industry experts, of the whole value chain driving the rail industry in its journey towards a resource efficient and 100% circular rail transport by 2030!

Practical information

  • Venue :
    the venue is located at walking distance from Zurich central station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof)
    KV Business School Zürich
    Sihlpostgasse 2
    8004 Zürich
  • Technical visit: details will be sent upon registration
  • To apply for a speaker slot, contact circular


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Tuesday 6 February 2024