Reaching EU Climate goals by making rail the first choice for European travel in 2030

Reaching EU Climate goals by making rail the first choice for European travel in 2030

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Today’s biggest challenge is to quickly decarbonise our economy and society in order to face the climate emergency. The transport sector is the problem case with regard to achieving climate goals. To get the European transport sector emissions on the 1.5°-track, we need to progress with a modal shift towards rail for medium and long-distance passenger travel. Strong and efficient coordination at the European level is also essential to work towards a collaborative rail-eco-system that provides affordable, inclusive, secure and green mobility for all European Citizens by 2030.

CER has teamed up with other European rail sector, travel industry and civil society partners including passengers' associations calling on policy makers to shift to rail. Brought together by the Europe on Rail initiative, the group is asking European Institutions and Member states to take bold actions now to achieve a climate-friendly transport system by 2030.

Presented on 29 June at the Connecting Europe Days in Lyon by Europe on Rail (speaking on the Panel “Boosting Passenger Rail Transport”), the call includes a rail vision to be accomplished by 2030 in order to reach the EU’s Climate objective to become a climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The statement is based on the following six objectives:

  • 1- Make rail the backbone of sustainable mobility.
  • 2- Ensure inclusiveness, competitiveness and affordability. 
  • 3- Guarantee connectedness, service levels and infrastructure quality. 
  • 4- Promote a green, inclusive, attractive, gender-balanced and qualified industry and jobs. 
  • 5- Ensure good governance, high quality, reliability and security. 
  • 6- Finance and invest in the future of rail. 

Find out more about the call and the actors behind it in the full Manifesto available to donwload below.