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UTLC ERA, green change along the rail Silk Road

November 08, 2021


Abstract : Railway operator UTLC ERA wants to decarbonize container transport concerning the Eurasian corridor by developing a CO2 detector able to calculate power consumption and dioxide carbon emissions produced by a significant logistics chain along the longest section of the New Silk Road.

MILAN, Nov. 3 (Class Editori) — UTLC ERA, the rail JV between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, developed a CO2 detector able to calculate power consumption and dioxide carbon emissions produced by significant logistics chain along the longest section of the New Silk Road, namely from China to the Polish borders. The railway operator transports goods by container rains on broad-gauge railways (1,520 mm) between China and Europe.

In order to show its customers how many CO2 tons can be saved by using railway transport, the system calculates power consumption and environmental emissions of every single shipment on the basis of real data. According to UTLC ERA’s CO2 detector, from January to September 2021, rail transport of 513,700 standard containers (TEU) from China to Europe, through Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, produced 34,3000 tons of carbon dioxide. An equal volume of goods transported by sea would have produced 163,800 tons of CO2 while by land 3,052,000 tons.

As for air transport, CO2 emissions would amount to 18,105,200 tons, which is 500 times higher than the figure concerning rail transport.

UTLC ERA will also work to introduce a unified EAEU procedure for freight transit. Thus, digital freight documents are expected to be adopted, a standard that will then be applied to the entire route connecting China and Europe as well. Delivery note will provide a sustainability value in economic terms and accurate information on saved carbon dioxide emissions.

Since Eurasian rail transport is expected to make up 5% of total container traffic between China and Europe in 2021, the green rail contribution to the reduction in global CO2 emission is becoming increasingly important. In 2015, rail transport in the shipment of goods between Europe and Asia accounted for 1%.

“In environmental terms, the added value of rail transport is converting into a new philosophy to build a sustainable railway industry in our continent,” Alexei Grom, CEO of UTLC ERA, commented. “Rail transport with low environmental impact could be rightly considered a symbol by the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow. After all, growing rail freight transport is a critical foundation for EU Green Deal and for decarbonization of Eurasian logistics chain”.

(Source:Class Editori)

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