Railways are the right answer to the transpo rt sectors need to lowering GHG
UIC (International Union of Railways) and RAC (Railway Assoc. of Canada):
Railways are the right answer to the transport sectors need to lowering GHG Emissions
The same day as thousands of people in the streets of Montréal led a world-wide day of protest against global warming where many were carrying signs and banners with messages against green house gasses (GHG)-emissions from road transport - the International Union of Railways (UIC) in co-operation with the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) organised the only side event at the United Nations Framework Conventions for Climate Change (UNFCCC)s 11th Conference of Parties (COP) on transport.
The transport sector alone is responsible for 30 % of the global CO2 emissions of which 84% is directly caused by the road sector, private cars and road transport. Only 1 % is generated by rail transport and this CO2 advantage can dramatically help countries to achieve the reduction targets of the Kyoto Protocol.
In the recently published publication Key GHG Data (the first UNFCCC publication covering all GHG data officially submitted by developed and developing countries under the Climate Change Convention) transport is pointed out as the sector with the highest growth of GHGemissions,
even when GHG-emissions from fuel sold for international aviation and shipping
are not included. These figures speak for themselves transport needs more attention in the climate change combat [battle]!
Full PDF press release at <http://www.uic.asso.fr/compresse.php/cp228_en.pdf>
The session took place on Saturday 3 December in the UNFCCC webcast, and is available at: <http://unfccc.streamlogics.com/unfccc/agenda.asp>
- Todd Edelman, Green Idea Factory
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