Global Rail and Energy Workshop

IEA - UIC Workshop

Joint workshop by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC)

Global Rail and Energy Workshop
Monday 24 September 2018

Espace Friedrich List, International Union of Railways
16 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger- and freight-volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than 3 trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as interurban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have decided to work together on a new publication that aims at analysing the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.


Introduction and overview of the Agenda

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Fatih Birol | Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux | Director General, International Union of Railway

Session 1 – The current role of rail transport

Chair: Prof Chris Nash, Research Professor, University of Leeds

Alberto Mazzola, Head of international government affairs Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
Rudolf Sperlich, Vice-director and Head of the Safety Division, Switzerland Federal Office of Transport
Nicolas Furio, Head of Technical Affairs, UNIFE
Takashi Yoshioka, Director, Office for Promotion of International Project, Infrastructure System and Water Industry, METI (tbc)

Session 2 - The future of rail – drivers and bottlenecks

Chair: Prof John Preston, Professor of Rail Transport, University of Southampton

Gerald Kowalski, International Accounts Director , Alstom
Keir Fitch, Head of C.4 Unit “Rail Safety & Interoperability” at DG Move European Commission
Juhyung Lee, Deputy General Manager, KORAIL
Jan Havenga, Professor Logistics Management, Stellenbosch University

Session 3 - Opportunities & challenges for increasing the role of rail

Chair: Patrick Oliva, Co-founder Paris Process for Mobility and Climate, Michelin

Elena Navajas & Dr. Matteo Prussi, Scientific Officer, EC Joint Research Center
Roderick Smith, Chair of the Future Railway Research Centre, Imperial
Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP

Session 4 – The role of rail for India’s development objectives

Chair: Prof Jan Havenga, Professor Logistics Management, Stellenbosch University

Girish Pillai, Member Traffic, Railway Board, India Ministry of Railways
Mukund Sinha, OSD Urban Transport, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Prashant Mishra, General Manager, National High Speed Rail Corporation
Shri Prakash, Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resource Institute

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Agenda [updated September the 10th 2018]

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