Rail

Urban and high-speed rail infrastructures have scaled up rapidly over the past decade, laying the foundation for convenient, low-emissions transport within and between cities.

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Energy intensity of passenger transport modes, 2018

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Rail is one of the most energy-efficient transport modes

Rail is one of the most energy-efficient transport modes, accounting for 8% of global motorised passenger movements and 7% of freight but only 2% of transport energy use. Urban and high-speed rail infrastructures have scaled up rapidly over the past decade, laying the foundation for convenient, low-emissions transport within and between cities. China is leading the way with unprecedented expansion in high-speed rail and further rail investments in India and South East Asia in particular can help get the transport sector on track with the Sustainable Development Scenario.