IEA-UIC Railway Handbook

IEA-UIC Energy and CO2 Railway Handbook 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.

The data presented in each handbook was compiled from IEA statistics and inputs from UIC members (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer) 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.

Railway Handbook 2017

Published: 30 November 2017

The 2017 edition of the Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 emissions is the sixth publication of this series. As in previous editions, this handbook aims to provide the latest insights into the rail sector’s developments of transport activity, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Part I of this handbook presents railway statistics related to the energy and CO2 emission performance of the transport sector. Whereas last year’s edition presented new statistics for the year 2013 only, this year’s edition adds new data for two consecutive years, meaning statistics for 2014 and 2015 are included. Part II of this handbook features an in-depth analysis of passenger rail services, with a focus on urban and high-speed rail.

Railway Handbook 2016

Published: 30 November 2016

The production of the Railway Handbook 2016 has been an important opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between the IEA and the UIC. This relationship has served to enrich and improve the knowledge of activity, energy and emissions data associated with the railway sector.

Part I of this year’s Handbook is dedicated to presenting the most significant data and trends concerning energy consumption and CO2 emissions from the rail sector, focusing on the most important Regions in terms of rail activity, namely EU 28, USA, Japan, Russia, India and China. In the context of the historic outcome of the 21st Conference of Parties in December last year, it was decided to dedicate Part II of the Railway Handbook 2016 to sustainability targets, framing an overview of the targets set by railway companies and countries alike.

Railway Handbook 2015

Published: 30 November 2015

The collaboration of the IEA and the UIC in collecting, elaborating, and presenting activity, energy, and CO2 emissions data was carried out for the fourth time through the release of the Railway Handbook 2015. For this edition, significant methodological improvements were implemented leading to better consistency between the different indicators presented in this Handbook, in addition to updates of the global data, as well as regional breakdowns for those regions that we consider the most relevant from the point of view of transport activity: European Union, USA, Japan, Russia, India, and China.

This edition devotes particular attention to the energy efficiency of rail vehicles. This is achieved by providing information on the energy efficiency of trains in different world regions, with a richer set of indicators for the European Union.

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