The Rail Sustainability Index official Launch event

Online, 3 May – 14:00 – 16:00 (CET)

The Rail Sustainability Index official Launch event, online, 3 May 2022, 14:00-16:00 (CET)

To mark the start of the first year of the Rail Sustainability Index, the UIC invites all members to attend this interactive online event. The event will be of interest for those leading on communications, CSR and sustainability performance reporting in all types of railway organisations and in all regions around the world. The session will allow you to better understand the online reporting tool and ask any questions you might have as well as interact with other members working in this field.

You will hear from the United Nations and other industry partners on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals, on the role of rail in delivering them as well as the importance of transparent and credible reporting.

All members are invited to take part in this global and truly collaborative project.


The Rail Sustainability Index (RSi) is a new tool being designed for and with the global rail community. The previously named ‘SDG Rail Index’ tool will provide the UIC members with a unique rating system and a supportive digital platform based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations to assess the performance of each railway based on a selection of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).


The Rail Sustainability Index has been developed to provide UIC members with:

  • a reporting system on each individual company’s and the whole sector’s contribution to the achievement of SDGs, featuring benchmarks and best practices,
  • improved access to green bonds and sustainable finance instruments.


14:00 Welcome
Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior advisor, RSi project manager
Keynote address
François Davenne, UIC Director General

14:10 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the role of rail in delivering the SDGs
Riina Jussila, UN DESA

14:20 Introducing the Rail Sustainability Index
Background, methodology, Paolo Mazzeo, Project Chairman, FS

14:40 Q&A session

14:45 Vision of reporting standard setting organisations – Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI

14:55 Q&A session

15:00 Investors’ vision of how the RSi’s can help them
Joe Robinson, Equitix

15:10 Q&A session + Poll "What is your interest in the RSi?"

15:15 Making visible your contribution to the RSi - Claim your badge!

15:25 Panel discussion on member testimonies and expectations
Moderator: Christine Vanoppen, Chair of the Sustainability Platform/REG (LINEAS)
Panellists from UN DESA, Equitix, Lineas, FS Italiane, VIA Rail, Sydney Trains

15:55 Wrap up and closing remarks – OFFICIAL launch of the 1st data collection campaign
Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor/RSi Project manager
Lucie Anderton, CEnv, Head of the Sustainability Unit


Registration is now closed.

You can find the video recording of the event by clicking here
Presentations of the event are available by clicking on the icon below

Rail Sustainability index_presentations

- PDF - 4.3 Mb


Contact and information

To know more about the project, visit the official Rail Sustainability Index Project page or contact

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