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Benchmarking Transport Energy Consumption.

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Publication date1/02/2007
Place of PublicationLondon
EditionReport T618
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Whilst rail has an established and deserved reputation as an efficient and clean form of transport, the industry has become increasingly aware of the need to use energy even more efficiently given the associated financial and environmental implications. Consequently, the way in which Britain’s rail industry consumes traction and non-traction energy has been researched with a view to identifying the potential for making savings. A number of significant opportunities for saving energy have been identified, some of which can be realised short term. Other opportunities will take longer as they are typically more complex and may require, for example, many parties to take coordinated action, the development of emerging technology or are related to progressive replacement of long life high value assets. With the measures widely implemented there is a real prospect of saving energy costs in the order of £68m pa in the next few years and reducing consequential CO2 emissions by around 521,000 tonnes pa.

Bibliographic note

This output is the result of research work commissioned by the DfT, following the recognition that trains are not intrinsically ""green"", and seeks to provide a definitive comparison of the rail industry with other transport modes. It is making a significant impact on UK transport policy and was quoted in the July 2007 White Paper ""Towards a Sustainable Railway"" - contact phil.hinde@atoc.org. RAE_import_type : Internet publication RAE_uoa_type : General Engineering