Russian Railway Ranked High on Energy Efficiency as it Celebrates Birthday

According to the International Energy Agency and the International Union of Railways, Russia ranks first in terms of energy efficiency in freight rail transportation, and in passenger traffic it ranks fourth after India, China and Japan. 

Over the 18 years of its existence, the company has managed to do a great job.

Over 18 years of its existence, the company has managed to do a great job |  Anniversaries Today, October 1, Russian Railways celebrate the 18th anniversary of its foundation. The company came of age with impressive results: new services and technologies, high-speed traffic and digitalization are developing. Labor productivity is growing and the Collective Agreement is being improved.

Resolution No. 585 “On the establishment of JSC Russian Railways” was adopted by the government on September 18, 2003, and on October 1 of the same year, the new joint-stock company began production activities. Over the 18 years of its existence, the company has managed to do a great job. 

Thus, a number of the latest technologies for traffic control have been introduced, large-scale infrastructure facilities have been implemented, work is underway to modernize the BAM and Transsib, a project for a high-speed highway Moscow – St. Petersburg is being developed, and an annual increase in labor productivity is ensured. Thanks to digitalization, the company managed to cope with the challenges associated with the spread of the new coronavirus infection, and not only to establish remote work of employees, but also to launch new services for shippers and passengers. 

“Our developments and a number of new points gave the following result: first, we made 70 targeted decisions to reduce tariffs, our shippers were able to save more than 20 billion,” said Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, at a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation on April 5 this year. – Second, we applied digital logistics: almost 80% of our documents are now processed electronically, and last year there was no need to come to us, but it was possible to complete everything practically from home quickly enough. At the same time, the number of containers in transportation reached record values ​​- 5 million 800 thousand, an absolute record. At the same time, flexitanks, liner bags, open top containers appeared, even coal was transported in containers last year ”.

This year, the company is making efforts to reach pre-pandemic indicators for the transportation of passengers and cargo.

So, at the end of the year, it is planned to carry 83.9 million passengers (this is 79.3% to the level of 2019 and 142.2% to the level of 2020). Railway tourism is actively developing.

Loading of export cargoes to ports on the Russian Railways network increased by 9% in January-August 2021 and amounted to 234 million tons, which is 8.9% more than in the same period last year. 
Container traffic on the Russian Railways network increased by 14% in January-August, 4 million 248 thousand of loaded and empty TEU containers were transported, which is 13.9% more than in the same period in 2020. Domestic traffic sent 1 million 605.7 thousand. 
TEU (+ 6.4%), in export – 1 million 48.6 thousand TEU (+ 9.4%), in import – 899.2 thousand TEU (+ 15.9%), in transit – 694, 5 thousand TEUs (an increase of 1.4 times). The number of loaded containers sent in all types of traffic increased by 19.5% and exceeded 3 million TEU (more than 42.3 million tons of cargo were transported, + 16.8%).

People are the main capital of the company, and it takes care of them, providing housing and providing a social package, the content of which is constantly being improved. In the Collective Agreement, it is presented in three versions: “Basic”, “Co-financed” and “Bonus”.

By the end of the year, it is planned to complete the development of regulations for the bonus package, to complete the complete digitization of the process of confirming the achievements of employees. Then they will be able to confirm their points through their personal account on the Service Portal.

In the first half of the year, another project was developed – “Your Choice”, which allows the employee to choose an advantage that is interesting for him. Piloting of the project began at the Directorate of Railway Stations. And within the framework of the development of the Far Eastern training ground for the workers of the Far Eastern Railway, compensation for the cost of air travel to the place of rest on the Black Sea coast of Russia has been added, the amount of the partial cost of a ticket to children’s camps has been preserved.

Employees also have the opportunity to learn, improve their skills and build their careers.

According to the International Energy Agency and the International Union of Railways, Russia ranks first in terms of energy efficiency in freight rail transportation, and in passenger traffic it ranks fourth after India, China and Japan. More than 85% of all passengers and cargo are transported by Russian Railways on electric traction. Today, the share of Russian Railways in the total volume of greenhouse emissions is less than 1%, as well as in the overall indicators of the negative impact of Russian enterprises on the environment (emissions – 0.7%, wastewater discharges into water bodies – 0.05%, waste generation – 0.02% of the total).

This year has been declared the Year of the Environment in the company. The program document is the new Environmental Strategy of Russian Railways until 2030, which takes into account the international agenda for sustainable development and the green economy. “We are moving towards creating a full-fledged green economy at Russian Railways, when environmental measures are an integral part of all processes,” Oleg Belozerov emphasized.

Russian Railways has set a course for decarbonizing its activities: reducing carbon fuel consumption will ensure the achievement of its own sustainable development goals in the field of environmental protection and environmental safety. In addition, Russian Railways was the first in the transport sector to attract an international loan (UniCredit provided a loan of 585 million Swiss francs for seven years) linked to environmental KPIs. The interest rate is tied to the achievement of sustainable development targets set by the Environmental Strategy of JSC Russian Railways until 2030 
(reduction of air emissions, water consumption and the share of production waste for disposal), and can be reduced if they are met.

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