International Railway Summit

9th International Railway Summit challenges rail to lead on climate change

Press release   •   Jan 06, 2020 08:00 GMT

The role rail can play in minimising the environmental impact of transport will be debated by key decision-makers from rail and aviation at the 9th International Railway Summit in Warsaw.

The ongoing climate crisis has shone a light on how society and individuals use energy, and the choices they make, including when and how to travel.

Within the context of the so-called ‘flight shaming’ movement, leading rail representatives, as well as figures from the worlds of aviation and investment will debate the sustainability of transport ina session entitled ‘#flygskam: an opportunity for rail to lead on climate change?’.

Olivier Menuet, Senior Vice President Energy, SNCF, and Kurt Bauer, Head of High Speed & Long Distance Services, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), will discuss how rail can be the greener mode of choice, pursuing further decarbonisation of technologies and operations.

Pierre Poinsignon, Head of Strategic Railways, European Investment Bank (EIB), will deliver a presentation on how investment decisions can shape the direction of travel for sustainable transport, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will showcase the strides being made by the aviation industry.

The summit’s two-day conference focuses on how rail can break down barriers through digital transformation, takes place on 19-21 February 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

The 9th International Railway Summit will take place in Warsaw on 19-21 February 2020. Organisations interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit http://www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRITS Events.

Supported by the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

International Railway Summit provides a 'matchmaking' service between rail industry leaders ('buyers') and technical experts, based on buyer delegates' project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events. The 9th edition will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 19-21 February 2020. International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events Ltd.