#CarbonGoal: #EU Reveals Plans for a Single #European Railway Area

The European policymakers are set to fight the climate crises by working to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, which they intend to do by establishing rails to connect Europe.

The head of Shift2Rail, the EU body responsible for driving research and innovation in the rail sector, Carlo Borghini suggests using the railways as they have impressive green credentials responsible for about 0.5 per cent of carbon emissions in the EU, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“If we want to achieve decarbonisation and the climate change targets, rail is the instrument to achieve it,” Borghini said.

Although the continent is well experienced on rail networks, only about seven to 11 per cent of passengers and goods are being transported by train. Moreover, cross-border train travel can be expensive, unreliable and inconvenient and challenging since no direct train services link cities like Berlin with Paris, Brussels or Copenhagen.

Shift2Rail intends to create a Single European Railway Area (SERA), which is supposed to facilitate travelling across Europe for rail operators with the effort of keeping the carbon emissions low.

“We need to ensure that we have in Europe one single European network, meaning that our objective at the end is to transport goods from one side of the continent to the other,” Borghini said.

He also noted that the idea is to get the EU member states to join SERA without adjusting locos, wagons, power or their respective signalling systems.

Shift2rail has allocated a €1 billion fund to stimulate innovation towards three specific goals: lowering the rail system’s life-cycle cost, doubling the capacity, and reducing delays in the network.

Source link- https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/eu-reveals-plans-for-a-single-european-railway-area-to-connect-the-block-reach-carbon-emission-goal-by-2050/

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