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Noah’s Train Event 11th October, Rotterdam

30 by 2030: Port of Rotterdam and Rail Freight Forward working together closely on multimodality • Combining rail freight and shipping for sustainable transport growth in Europe - in terms of sustainability, safety and infrastructure capacity. • Cooperation with the Climate Conference COP 25 – 1 Container will be shipped to Chile

(Rotterdam, 11 October 2019) – What started in December 2018 at the COP24 with two Containers in Katowice in Poland, turned into a strong European movement. 
Rail Freight Forward (RFF), a coalition of European rail freight companies, is committed to drastically reducing the negative impact of freight transport on our planet and on mobility. The Noah’s Train campaign has been spreading its message across Europe for almost a year, and is about to be shipped to South America, where it will continue spreading the RFF message of increasing rail freight’s modal share to improve climate, air quality and mobility. Today, at the Port of Rotterdam, Rail Freight Forward’s climate ambassador Noah’s Train is setting sail for the global UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Santiago, Chile. 

RFF: a real opportunity to save the climate

Freight transport pumps 275 million tonnes of CO2 emissions into the air every single year. The 2016 Paris Agreement made it clear that increasing rail freight’s share in freight transport is our best chance to dramatically reduce this figure. To do this, the railways’ share in freight transport needs to increase from 18% to at least 30% by 2030. 

The advantages of rail freight transportation are significant and sustainable. In figures, this means:

  • The railways are more than 5 times better when it comes to noise pollution. 
  • The railway’s energy consumption is 6 times less.
  • The railways are 8 times better when it comes to air pollution.
  • The railways are 9 times better in terms of CO2 emissions.
  • The railways cost society 12 times less than the roads.
  • The railways cause 21 times less CO2 emissions in Europe.
  • The railways cause 85 fewer casualties. 

Moving to multimodality with the Port of Rotterdam

RFF has come a long way over the course of the year and are on track to mobilise Europe and reach our 30 by 2030 goal. “Driving a train through Europe must become as easy as driving a truck. RFF is driving this message forward”, declares ÖBB RCG CEO Clemens Först. The first step of RFF was to include railway undertakings, stakeholder and politics to actively participate in the initiative, thus, formulating a joint roadmap for the next years to boost rail freight transport and formulate a concrete action plan. For that reason, the awareness campaign Noah’s Train was started as the successful voice of RFF initiative.

Noah’s Train Farewell Event at the Port of Rotterdam

On October 11, XX top-level guests from politics and various industries as well as media participated at the exclusive Anniversary event of Noah’s Train, including The Dutch Secretary of State Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, The Port of Rotterdam’s CEO Allard Castelein and the CEOs representing RFF’s member RUs.

Audio-visual presentations with the RFF CEOs showed what the coalition has achieved this year with its climate ambassador Noah’s Train, and how the rail operators are moving their 30 by 2030 goal. 
Special highlight was the street artists from the community OK-Kunst who spray-painted on-site a container live at the terminal.

RFF’s next campaign will be multimodality. With its commitment to CO2 neutral operations and terminals, the Port of Rotterdam is a crucial partner for sustainable multimodality. Our zero-emissions freight trains arrive at the zero-emissions port terminals, where the goods are conveyed on their onward journeys by ship. This cooperation between rail and ship represents multimodality in action.