The document “Innovation in energy management: Contribution of railways to sustainable mobility” analyses the role of innovation in energy management in infrastructure, rolling stock and operation, as well as future trends and applications.
This report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) uses patenting data from the European Patent Office as an indicator of global trends in innovation, and studies the comparative strengths of the EU, China, Japan, the US and South
Adequate research and innovation (R&I) is paramount for the seamless development, testing, adoption and integration of new rail concepts and technologies. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I initiatives in Europe in this field. The assessment follows a structured methodology
A complete transition to transporting all freight by rail is not feasible for many companies worldwide. This study assesses the potential of road-rail intermodal operations as strategies to reduce polluting air emissions. It was found that intermodal road-rail operations could reduce emissions by 77
An analysis of the evolution of the main communication technologies deployed in railways identified standardisation, interoperability, scalability, energy efficiency and cyber security as key challenges. These issues need to be addressed if the benefits of enabling technologies are to be exploited.
Germany expects an increase of freight transport up to 64% until 2015. The most important growth of 90% is expected for cross border transport. Very negative impacts on the environment, congestion and the overall economy are the consequence. The employment policy requires the protection of working
This Thematic Research Summary (TRS) covers rail research under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7) and research projects carried out in the Member States under national programmes. The publication presents research on improving interoperability and safety of national networks