01 AND 02 JUNE 2022, BERLIN Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin (Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3, Berlin 10178) Germany

The UIC invites its members to participate in a 2-day sustainability focused event to take place on the occasion of the 11th International Railway Summit. This is an opportunity to bring together experts in the UIC community to network and benefit from in-person interactions, while thinking of critical topics for the railway sector regarding sustainable mobility.

The event will be divided into two days:

1 June: Zero Waste Railways Workshop – Part 1: Circular inflows

This hybrid workshop will be the first of a 2-part series of zero waste workshops (part 2 will be Circular Outflows planned for Autumn 2022). The workshop is dedicated to sharing knowledge on how to improve the circularity of all material flows coming into the railway system. We will hear from experts in this area on what can be done to further support the transition towards a more resource efficient rail sector including buying non-virgin products that have recycled content or products that can be re-used or easily recycled after use. The session will touch upon how procurement processes, supply chain collaboration and technical specifications can be harnessed to make innovative changes to the material inflows into the railways.

2 June: Sustainability Plenary meeting

We invite UIC members to join us at the UIC Sustainability Platform plenary meeting where we will have an opportunity to work together on the critical topics of sustainability in our sector and shape the key messages that UIC should be advocating as the voice for railways.

Day 1 – 01 June 2022 | Zero Waste Railways (upon registration and seat availability)

12:00 – 13:00 Welcome and Networking Lunch

13:00 Opening and Welcome Remarks

13:30 Keynote: Biomimicry: Nature-Solutions to Rethink Rail
Dr Arndt Pechstein, Phi360

Q&A and discussion for application in railway sector

14:30 Best Practice sharing - Measuring Circular Inflows + Q&A

  • SNCF Réseau Material Passport – Bénédicte Gourmandin, SNCF Réseau
  • Measuring circular inflows and material passports for trains – Ilse de Vos-Van Eekeren, NS
  • Case Study: Materials Circularity Indicator for Sleepers - Katy Beardsworth, Network Rail
  • Case Study: Ecosystem approach for Circularity - product passports for the mobility sector – Eugenio Sergio Longo, Tata Consultancy Services Europe

15:45 Best Practice Sharing - Circular Successes + Q&A

  • Wheelsets - CO2 and Circular Economy Benefits – Joris van De Sande, NS
  • Center of Competence for Circular Economy – Fabiano Piccinno, SBB
  • HS2 Circular Economy Strategy – Peter Miller, HS2
  • Rolling stock and circular practices – Marty Thomas, Wabtec

16:45 Closing Remarks


Keynote - Biomimicry: Nature-Based Solutions to Rethink Rail, Dr Arndt Pechstein

- PDF - 9.3 Mb

Zero Waste Railways_WS1_Circular inflows

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Evening UIC International Sustainable Railway Awards 2022

If you wish to join the UIC International Sustainable Railway Awards Dinner you can register here:!/ticket

Day 2 – 02 June 2022 | Plenary Meeting (UIC Members only)

09:15 – 09:30 Coffee and registration

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome

  • Lucie Anderton, Head of UIC Sustainability

09:40 – 10:00 Keynote Speech: Ms. Vera FIORANI, CEO of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) - The railway centrality towards a new sustainable model for mobility and development

10:00 – 10:30 Vision 2030: The future of sustainable mobility and the role of railways as climate solution

  • Jeroen Alting von Geusau, Head of Sustainable Development & CSR, Belgian Trains
  • Christine Vanoppen, Chair of the Sustainability Platform and Reputation, Environment & Governance Manager at Lineas
  • Eugenio Longo, Sustainability Director - TCS Europe
  • Moderated Q&A and Discussion (Lucie Anderton, Head of Sustainability)

10:30 – 11:40 World café Workshops: Key challenges for sustainability in rail and trending topics of the railway sector

Participants can choose 2 sessions (out of the 3) to attend, in whichever order they prefer. Each session will last 35 minutes.

  1. Moving within the Planetary Boundaries: How to secure our business operations and material flows while staying within the planetary boundaries: preserving ecosystems and human wellbeing; air quality; water cycle; natural resources? – Isabelle de Keyzer
  2. Energy and Railways (security and renewables – how to build secure and green energy supply in railways? - Philippe Stefanos
  3. The business case for investing in sustainable railways – how to convey quantified socioeconomic benefits delivered by railways and what are the best tools to measure them? - Joo Hyun Ha

    and Lorenzo Franzoni

For online participants :

  1. The business case for investing in sustainable railways – how to convey quantified socioeconomic benefits delivered by railways and what are the best tools to measure them? – Balaji Bashyam (TCS)
  2. How can UIC further support this community? Share your ideas on future projects, events or other support you think UIC could provide – Pinar Yilmazer

12:00 – 12:20 Report back

12:20 – 12:25 Feedback session

12:25 – 12:30 Closing remarks Christine Vanoppen, Chair of the Sustainability Platform

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 -15:30 Break out activities – after the business lunch all participants will have the opportunity to join one of three sessions depending on their interest

  • Technical site visit to the ICE plant in Berlin-Rummelsburg, where operational maintenance of all ICE series is carried out. This visit is hosted by Deutsche Bahn and is limited to 15 participants. Registration is on a first come, first served basis at

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Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

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