#TiempoDeActuar – “time to act”: Climate campaign at Transfesa Logistics
#TimetoAct was the key motto for the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Transfesa Logistics has given one of its locomotives a new look to drive this message home.
"Action for the Climate" is Goal 13 of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Transfesa Logistics has taken it to heart by calling for greater support for rail freight transport. Thanks to its environmental benefits, rail freight can help achieve a more sustainable future. A locomotive with a special new livery bearing this message will spread the word as it criss-crosses Spain on its travels.
Transfesa Logistics CEO Bernd Hullerum says, "Rail's specific energy consumption is six times lower than the figure for trucks, and its performance in terms of CO2 emissions is nine times better. All of us need to do what we can to contribute to a more sustainable world and to reduce our impact on the environment." Julián Gacimartín, the company’s rail services director, adds, "Promoting intermodal transport and increasing the share of rail freight wherever possible are issues that are more urgent than ever. Industry, infrastructure and rail operators, and the government should all work together to transfer freight from roads to rail, creating an intermodal logistics system where rail freight forms the backbone."
The World Commission on Environmental Law (IUCN) created the Global Pact for the Environment. As a founding partner, Transfesa Logistics contributes to promoting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. It is focussing particular attention on Goal 13 due to its important implications for rail transport.
Transfesa Logistics, a joint venture between Deutsche Bahn and Spain's national rail operator Renfe, is also part of the Rail Freight Forward (RFF) campaign, which has set itself the target of increasing the volume of freight transported by train from 18% at present to 30% by 2030. According to RFF, reaching this objective would reduce CO2 emissions by 290 million tonnes this decade.