Rail (UK)

De­car­bon­i­sa­tion strat­egy


Am I alone in be­liev­ing that rapid, large-scale elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of our rail­ways is the wrong re­sponse to the need for de­car­bon­i­sa­tion?

Our rail­way sys­tem con­trib­utes a very small per­cent­age of trans­port emis­sions (let alone the na­tion’s to­tal emis­sions). Even if we could mag­i­cally to­tally de­car­bonise the rail­ways to­mor­row, the im­prove­ment would hardly be no­tice­able.

Some ex­ten­sions to ex­ist­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion could bring ben­e­fits for rail oper­a­tion and costs, while a longer-term plan for a rolling pro­gramme is de­vel­oped.

But we need a holis­tic ap­proach to over­all de­car­bon­i­sa­tion across all trans­port modes and other sec­tors, in or­der to achieve max­i­mum en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit for the ex­pen­di­ture in­volved.

Mal­colm Jevons, Mexbor­ough

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