News Digest Item
21 Feb 2017

“Electrification: Catenaries for rail freight instead of trucks”

Pro-Rail Alliance (Allianz pro Schiene)

The German government neglects the electrification of the rail system, while dreaming of electrifying trucks, according to lobby group Pro-Rail Alliance (Allianz pro Schiene). In Germany, 60 percent of rail lines are electrified. This might compare favourably to the EU average of 52 percent, but the country lags behind the leaders Switzerland (100 percent), Belgium (85 percent), the Netherlands and Sweden (76 percent), and Italy (71 percent), among others, according to the alliance of 23 non-profit organisations and over 135 companies from the railway sector.

Read the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.

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