TRISTRAM - Knowledge exchange TRansItion STRategy on vegetAtion Management

Background and Motivation

Looking at the high political and public pressure on the use of Glyphosate, the expiration of the Glyphosate license at EU level in December 2022 and the high probability of a Glyphosate phase-out, a transition strategy from chemical herbicide-based to integrated vegetation management has to be developed now in order to prepare the railways for the future.

The transition from chemical herbicide-based to integrated vegetation management with special focus on the railway track area constitutes a great challenge for the railways, since

  1. Chemical herbicide-based methods – with Glyphosate as the most important active substance – are today the most widely used and cost efficient as well as the most effective methods of vegetation control.
  2. All promising alternative methods of vegetation control - based on hot water, wet steam, organic acids and electro weeding - are currently not yet
    • fully matured technologically and thus require dedicated research and development efforts and further professionalization
    • adapted to the special needs and requirements of the railway sector
    • officially registered and approved for application in the railway sector
    • as cost efficient as methods based on conventional herbicides by far.

Objectives

  1. Develop a global strategy for the transition from chemical herbicide-based to integrated vegetation control for railway track area
  2. Facilitate and boost information and knowledge exchange (e.g. by standardized documentation) between railways on all aspects of integrated vegetation control with special focus on investigations and experiences with alternative methods of vegetation control for the railway track area including the regulatory constraints.
  3. Improve and expand the technology monitoring and assessment approach developed within the framework of the Herbie project with special attention to the acquisition of reliable data for the economic and operational performance of alternative methods for vegetation control
  4. Collect best practices and strategies for supporting integrated vegetation management approaches by IT tools and solutions
  5. Explore funding options (on national and EU level) for collaborative efforts of the railways regarding the adaptation of alternative methods of vegetation control to railway requirements.

Work Packages

WP1: Global Strategy

  • Task 1.1 Strategy Development
  • Task 1.2 Parameters needed

WP2: Information & Knowledge Exchange

  • Task 2.1. Standard Documentation
  • Task 2.2 Knowledge and Exchange platform
  • Task 2.3 Reporting/ information exchange

WP3: Technology Monitoring & Assessment

  • Task 3.1 Data collection
  • Task 3.2. Upgrade of Assessment Tool
  • Task 3.3. Assessment of results

WP4: IT Tools for integrated Vegetation Management

WP5:Evaluation of Funding Options

  • Task 5.1 Identification of needs
  • Task 5.2 Identification of possible funding options
  • Task 5.3 Preparing the demand for funding

WP6: Supporting the SLU group

Project Participants

Members
  • Austria/ ÖBB: Thomas SCHUH
  • Belgium/ SNCB-NMBS: Elodie VILAINE and Sven van DRIESSCHE
  • Belgium/ Infrabel: Pascale HEYLEN, Stéphane DUFOUR and Jean-Pierre DEFORET
  • Czech Republic/ SZDC: Bohumir TRAVNICEK
  • Finland/ FTA: Susanna KOIVUJARVI
  • France/ SNCF: Jean-Pierre PUJOLS
  • Germany/ DB: Michael BELOW
  • Italy/ FS: Antonio RANUCCI and Serena CUZZOLA
  • Netherland/ ProRail: Jeff DIKS
  • Spain/ ADIF: Pedro PEREZ and Marta RUIZ
  • Sweden/ Trafikverket: Carol BIRGERSSON
  • Switzerland/ SBB: Gunter ADOLPH
Guests
  • Norway/ Bane Nor: Gry DAHL
  • Portugal/ Infraestruturas de Portugal: Ana PELLETIER SEQUEIRA
Consultant
  • Germany/ IZT Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment: Roland NOLTE and Karolina Pietras-Couffignal
UIC Contact Person

For any further information please contact: Pınar Yılmazer

Meeting Dates

2019
  • 30 January 2019
  • 10 April 2019
  • 04 June 2019
  • 26 September 2019
  • 21 November 2019
2020
  • 13 February 2020
  • 18 March 2020
  • 04 June 2020
  • 24 September 2020
  • 26 November 2020
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UIC Strategy on the Future of Vegetation Control

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The railway stakeholders and infrastructure managers have been pioneering actors in the field of land use management. The objective of the UIC Strategy on the Future of Vegetation Control is therefore to promote innovation and develop activities of common interest in the field of vegetation control without conventional chemical herbicides. This strategy paper intends to help railway (...)

The railway stakeholders and infrastructure managers have been pioneering actors in the field of land use management. The objective of the UIC Strategy on the Future of Vegetation Control is therefore to promote innovation and develop activities of common interest in the field of vegetation control without conventional chemical herbicides.

This strategy paper intends to help railway stakeholders understanding and evaluating the interplay between strategic plans and their practical implementation.

See the document

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