Railway Handbook 2016
The fifth edition of the Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions was released in October 2016.
This statistical publication aims to provide insights into the rail sector’s developments over the past decades in terms of tracks implementation, electrification, high-speed rail growth and the sector’s energy and carbon performance. This new edition takes into account the Paris Agreement, the historic outcome of the 21st UNFCC Conference of Parties in December 2015 in which more than 180 countries pledged to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Part 2 of this year’s handbook emphasizes the analysis and the evaluation of rail sector and national targets, also compared to other modes of transport.
The data presented in this handbook was compiled from IEA statistics and inputs from UIC members to provide solid and consistent information to policy and decision makers, promoting the role of sustainable transport as one of the key actors towards a more energy efficient and low carbon future.
This work also enables the IEA to provide more comprehensive and reliable rail data to the Mobility Model, the IEA’s analytical tool for global transport activity, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.