Global Rail and Energy Workshop
Venue: International Union of Railways (UIC), Paris
Dates: 24 September 2018
Organiser: International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC)
Contact Email: Till.Bunsen@iea.org
Railways have the potential to play a more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as interurban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have decided to work together on a new publication that aims at analysing the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.
As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.
The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants. Participation is by invitation only.
We kindly ask you to indicate your interest to participate on this website.
Please refer to the preliminary Global Rail and Energy Workshop Agenda for further information.
Dr. Fatih Birol | Executive Director, International Energy Agency (tbc)
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux | Director General, International Union of Railway
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Introduction and overview of the Agenda
Session 1 – The current role of rail transport
Session 2 - The future of rail – drivers and bottlenecks
Session 3 - Opportunities & challenges for increasing the role of rail
Session 4 – The role of rail for India’s development objectives
Tour de Table