Monday, December 7, 2009

RZDs Siberia to Copenhagen Delegates Arrive

Trip to Highlight Rails Role in Combating Climate Change
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA / DENMARK – A delegation for the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference which has travelled across Siberia by rail has arrived to attend the event. The Train to Copenhagen project was organised by Russian Railways (RZD), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The purpose of the project was to draw the attention of conference delegates and the media to the role of transport in climate change, and to promote rail transport, which could, according to RZD, provide one of the solutions to the problem of continually rising carbon dioxide emissions.

Departing on the 21st of November the participants, many of whom are climate change specialists, travelled along the Trans-Siberian route, which RZD are increasingly marketing as a viable alternative to ocean freight shipping between Europe and Asia, before arriving in Moscow on the 1st of December. They then travelled to Brussels to board the Climate Express which completed their journey to Copenhagen.

In a press release RZD said that: “Globally, transport is responsible for 23% of man-made planet-warming emissions. And the main problem is that while other sectors have been able to reduce their emissions, transport sector emissions are rising steadily. Curbing this growth and achieving a reduction in transport emissions is one of the vital issues on the agenda of the fight against climate change.

“Rail transport is of decisive significance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating reliable, environmentally safe transport systems. It has the highest fuel efficiency of all forms of transport both in terms of passengers/km and tons/km. A journey from Brussels to Copenhagen by plane or car would result in 3.5 times more harmful emissions than the same journey by train.”