Etihad Rail’s approach to sustainable development stems from its fundamental intent to prosper as a business while meeting the energy needs of present and future generations.
For example, one fully laden freight train trip on Stage One can replace approximately 300 trucks on the road, thus reducing congestion and improving safety. A fully loaded train produces up to 70-80% less CO2 emissions than trucks moving the same tonnage. Rail transport lowers the cost of trade and improves the market position of existing industries, promoting their growth and leading to economic diversification through the creation of a new transport infrastructure and its related ecosystem.
Truck Vs Trains
Studies conclusively show that trains are one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport.
Based on forecasted traffic volumes, the Etihad Rail network will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.2 million tonnes annually – the equivalent of removing approximately 375,000 vehicles from the roads.
A single freight train’s journey can carry the load of up to 300 trucks, thus reducing traffic congestion, accidents and road maintenance costs. The cost savings made by businesses that transfer their freight via rail will enable them to be more commercially successful and therefore, make greater contributions to economic growth.
One fully loaded train produces 70-80% less CO2 emissions than the equivalent number of trucks required to transport the same quantities. The estimated total benefits of emissions savings, accounting for changes in emissions for truck freight and passengers moved from road to rail: AED21.2Bn over the next 40 years.