UIC (Union International de Chemins de Fer) is the worldwide professional association representing the railway sector and promoting rail transport, of which Iarnród Éireann is a member.
To highlight the role rail can play in making the planet's transport more sustainable, UIC is organising Train to Paris: a synchronised network of trains planned to arrive in Paris from across Asia and Europe, for COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference
The conference is aimed at coordinating international action against climate change, and is expected to agree a new landmark legal agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
Did you know rail transport can help protect the climate by:
- Reducing CO2 emissions: on average, a journey by train emits 3 to 10 times less CO2 than the equivalent journey by road or air.
- Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions: rail represents 9 % of transport worldwide, but produces only 3 % of total transport-sector greenhouse-gas emissions.
- Increasing the share of renewable energy source in the energy mix used to power trains: wind, solar, hydroelectric, etc.
The trains will converge on Paris on 28 November 2015, the weekend preceding the start of the COP21 negotiations.
Transport alone is causing about one quarter of global CO2-emissions, and the projections made by international bodies see a tremendous increase in emissions over the coming decades, particularly in China, India, Russia and other emerging economies.
It is not possible to achieve the "climate change 2 degrees scenario" without action to reduce transport emissions.
The "Train to Paris" campaign, involving railways from around the world, will include a synchronised network of trains arriving in Paris from across Asia and Europe, with some trains originating from Mongolia, Russia & China. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the important role of sustainable transport, and low carbon rail transport, in the solution to both climate change mitigation and adaptation.
You can support the development of low carbon transport through your personal transport choices, and you can learn more and follow the campaign at: