Freight transport represents almost 10% of all CO2 emissions in Europe. This is mainly caused by our heavy reliance on trucks, as 75% of the entire freight sector is done over the road. The result is already noticeably today. Every year, each driver spends 120 hours in traffic jams and 50.000 people die prematurely because of air pollution and road accidents.
By 2030, freight transport is expected to grow by 30%. That is roughly the size of the entire German freight transport market or 1 million trucks added on European roads.
If nothing changes, the impact on our environment and society will be disastrous.
We urgently need a modal shift.
Freight transport by rail is the much more climate-conscious mode of transport. The facts are there:
• Rail emits 9 times less CO2
• Rail causes 8 times less air pollution
• Rail uses 6 times less energy than road
And rail solves our mobility issue.
At Lineas, the modal shift is at the core of our business. Via offering such superior rail products and services, we want to convincecustomers to shift the transport of their goods from road to rail.
In December 2018, we founded Rail Freight Forward, a coalition of European rail freight operators that has the ambition double the volumes of goods transported by rail by 2030.
In Belgium, the local rail freight operators also decided join forces and translate the European ambition to a national level. As the Belgian Rail Freight Forum, we aim to make driving a train in Belgium as easy as driving a truck.