Rail is the most emissions-efficient major mode of transport, and electric trains powered by renewable energy can offer practically carbon-free journeys and transport.
Rail contributes less than 1.5 % of the EU transport sector’s total CO2 emissions even though it has over 8.5 % of total market share.
The European railways will reduce their specific average CO2 emissions from train operation by 40 % by 2020 and by 50 % by 2030 compared to the 1990 base year, measured per passenger-km (passenger service) and tonne-km (freight service).
The European railways will reduce their total CO2 emissions from train operation by 30 % by 2030 and strive towards carbon-free train operation by 2050 in order to provide society with a climate-neutral transport alternative. [...]
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