Rail: UK and around the world
The Challenge for the Rail Sector Worldwide
1. To de-carbonise rail operations now and cost effectively as the rail industry requires a positive payback model on all investments
2. Find and deliver new fuels and a new infrastructure for sustainable, deliverable, cost-effective low carbon energy
UK Rail is one example where:
25% of all UK passenger trains are diesel powered
90% of all UK freight trains are diesel powered
Diesel engines are efficient, and numerous and so will be difficult and prohibitively expensive to replace in the short and medium term.
They are also already made, as are the vehicles they run on, so represent a vast quantity of already ‘sunk carbon’.
BUT DIESEL ENGINES DO NOT NEED TO RUN on 100% diesel fuel.
Cleaner fuels are available. These can be biofuels Bio LPG, Bio LNG as well as Hydrogen, Ammonia and Methanol.
Electricity is not necessarily: