SCBA sustainability rail traffic

From 2019 to 2020
Transport by rail leads to much lower emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants than comparable transport by road, inland shipping or air. This benefit is even more pronounced if the railway lines are electrified. In Belgium (and within Europe), rail transport is the only mode of transport that is almost entirely electrified. The further development of rail transport in Belgium is an essential part of the Energy-Climate Plan 2021-2030.

The aim of this study is to carry out a cost-benefit analysis towards making rail transport more sustainable by further reducing the non-electrified parts of the rail network.

Three options are being considered:
1) full electrification of the Belgian rail network, thereby only making use of electric trains;
(2) use of hydrogen trains to replace diesel trains on non-electrified parts;
(3) the use of battery-powered and pantograph hybrid trains.

To this end, TML will perform the following tasks:

1. Literature research and collection of key figures, with focus on:
- General principles and references underlying the assessment of infrastructural rail projects towards sustainability/electrification;
- Clear criteria and indicators for the costs associated with electrification, in particular investment in cabling and the purchase of new trains;
- Key figures that can serve as input for the development of the evaluation framework.

2. Task 2: Development and application of the evaluation framework
During this task we develop the evaluation framework. We use the experience TML has developed with other SCBAs of rail and transport infrastructure in general.

3. Task 3: Sensitivity analysis
In this task, we further apply the evaluation framework developed in task 2 and examine the sensitivity of these results to the assumptions made.
The result of this task is an analysis of all project alternatives and a sensitivity analysis.


From 2019 to 2020


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Griet De Ceuster, Sebastiaan Boschmans, Eef Delhaye, Christophe Heyndrickx
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