Railways plays important role in promoting environmental sustainability as a mass transporter

Topic: SESSION ON INDIAN TRANSPORT SECTOR: MARCHING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY, 14TH November 2017, India Pavilion, 23rd Conference of Parties

  • The Ministry of Railways, Government of India organized a side event titled, “Indian Transport Sector: Marching towards sustainable mobility” at COP-23, Indian Pavilion at Bonn, Germany on 14th November 2017. Mrs Tarini Baswal, ED-EnHM, Ministry of Railways, Government of India welcomed the participants and set the agenda for the day’s discussions. She mentioned that two sessions being organized as a part of this side event would showcase the leadership that Indian transport sector particularly Indian Railways is taking domestically towards sustainability and climate change mitigation. A video focusing on the efforts of Indian Railways was shared with the participants at the beginning of the session.
  • In the first session titled “Indian Railways on a Low Carbon Pathway”, the Ministry of Railways highlighted the efforts, achievements, targets and the challenges that it has faced as a nodal agency in moving towards a green transformation. The session was moderated by Dr. Vaibhav Chaturvedi (Research Fellow, Council on Energy, Environment and Water). The session also provided an opportunity to reflect on how the Indian Railways has been able to adapt and respond to the challenge of climate change by showcasing various programmes, their impacts on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions, the success of such initiatives, as well as the challenges, lessons learnt and best practices so that others may too benefit from the experiences of the Indian Railways.
  • Mr Alok Kumar Tewari, PED-EnHM, Ministry of Railways, GoI presented on the decarbonization initiatives by Indian Railways. The presentation highlighted the various decarbonization initiatives taken by Indian Railways thus far including electrification. energy efficiency, alternative fuels, efforts for water conservation, afforestation and other environmental management initiatives-qualitative and quantitative assessment of these initiatives in GHG emissions mitigation.
  • Mr Ravi Jain, GM, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) mentioned salient features of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project, need for DFC in context of concerns for freight traffic, significant contribution to environmental sustainability- co-benefits (reduced electricity bill, alignment with Mission electrification)
  • Mr. Sudhir Kr. Saxena, CEO- REMCL presented on accelerated deployment of renewable energy by Indian Railways including an overview of the existing renewable energy (solar and wind energy projects) projects, renewable energy projects under implementation, modes for financing these projects and future expansion plans.
  • Mr Pierpaolo Cazzola, Manager-Transport Program, International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris on Role of Railways in promoting environmental sustainability gave a presentation on the Global overview of energy and emissions by Railways, role of railways in promoting environmental sustainability as a mass transporter and need and ways to promote rail at a global level to meet the challenges of mobility and sustainability.
  • Mr Antoine Rothey and Mr Philippe Lorand, Business Development Director, Asia, SNCF on SNCF’s Climate and Energy Policy presented on the French Railways experience in SNCF’s Climate and Energy Policy. Their presentation showcased the key interventions being undertaken by French Railways in promoting sustainable mobility through their presentation and a short video on the subject.
  • Dr Ashok Kumar, Energy Economist, BEE presented on Energy efficiency measures (PAT Cycle II) in Indian Railways presented the PAT scheme implementation for Indian Railways-Energy conservation initiative and measures initiated for reducing energy consumption in Railways-Contribution to CO2 emission reduction-co-benefits (reduced specific energy consumption, cost savings to Railways)
  • The second session on “Green Transformation: Indian Transport paves the way” aimed to showcase the climate implications, impacts and progresses across various national, regional and state initiatives being undertaken by Indian transport sector including rail (MRT), road, and shipping. This session was moderated by Mr Alok Kumar Tewari, PED-EnHM, Ministry of Railways, GoI. The session aimed to brainstorm and deliberate way forward for possible means of implementation such as financing, technology and capacity building for an integrated sustainable transportation.
  • Mr Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Ministry of Railways, GoI assisted by Ms Tarini Baswal, ED-EnHM-EE, Ministry of Railways, GoI presented on the quintessential role of Indian Railways in promoting sustainable mobility.
  • Mr Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), GoI presented on efforts for Environment-friendly Road transport in India Implementation of mass emission standards (Bharat Stage IV to Bharat Stage VI), notification of standards for alternate fuels- implementation of fuel economy norms and initiatives to promote public transport.
  • The presentation by Mr Pravir Pandey, Vice Chairman (Inland Waterways Authority of India), Ministry of Shipping, GoI on Inland Water Transport highlighted the importance of waterways, scale and opportunities for Inland Water Transport (IWT), initiatives being taken and key outcomes. A video was also shared in this regard.
  • Mr. Nicolas Beaumont, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development & Mobility, Michelin & Co-Founder, Paris Process on Mobility Climate presented on Global Roadmap for decarbonizing the Transport Sector including A Common Approach for Countries.
  • Mr. Shri Prakash, Distinguished Fellow, TERI presented on Sustainable Transport in Emerging Economies: Challenges and Options presentation detailing the various strategies for transport sector decarbonization.
  • Dr. –Ing. Hans-Jorn Weddige, Chief Co-ordinator-Energy, environment and Climate, Thyssenkrupp presented on Sustainable Mobility off the beaten track including industry solutions for transport sector.
  • Mrs. Rita Roy Choudhury, Assistant Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) presented the role of partnership framework for sustainable transportation. Her presentation mentioned integration amongst various iniatives and stakeholders as the key to attaining sustainable mobility.
  • Mr. Sarbojit Pal, Manager-Partnership, Clean Energy Ministerial presented on the Clean Energy Ministerial’s initiatives with particular focus on the Electric Vehicle Initiative.
  • The presentation by speakers were followed with a short set of question and answers. The key insights from the discussion will help the Indian Railways in its role as a nodal agency for coordinating decarbonization strategy and actions across the whole Indian transportation sector for achieving India’s NDC commitments as well as long term decarbonization objectives.
  • The session ended with a Vote of thanks by Mrs Tarini Baswal, ED-EnHM, Ministry of Railways, Government of India wherein she appreciated the engaging and enriching session with presentations by all speakers and active participation by audience.
  • The session was organised in partnership with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), as knowledge partners, FICCI as industry partner, and RITES as technical partner.


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