posted by Sandra Antonovic

THE
ROAD OF LOW CARBON TRAVEL

Nektarina Non Profit is collaborating with Croatian Railways since the summer of 2009 on various projects. It was only natural to expand that collaboration once Nektarina Non profit became a 10:10 hub.

Our main goal was to overcome certain issues that Croatian Railways have had in the previous years (security issues), and to promote train travel as a low carbon option, both for commute and for holiday.

In October 2010 we agreed to work jointly on 10:10 Cut Carbon, Choose a Train campaign, and a large banner was placed on the front facade of the main railway station in the center of Zagreb just in time for 10:10:10 wave. (the banner was replaced just recently , at the end of January 2011, being thus exposed for entire four months on one of the most frequented points in Zagreb.

In 2011 we are continuing our collaboration with Croatian Railways on promoting train as a low carbon travel option. Besides schools and businesses, our campaign will expand to total demographics, as holiday season approaches.

Croatian Railways were kind enough to share the below summary with us (and this web site), providing a consice and comprehensive overview of their work and goals.

RAILWAYS TRANSPORT MODE

From all modes of transport, railways are ecologically the most acceptable and sustainable in the long run.

Therefore the focus of Croatian Railways’ development politics is achieving high business and social goals, which rest primarily on the principles of sustainable growth and environment protection.

Croatian Railways' environment protection comprises the following activities:

  • drawing up normative acts in the field of environment protection and their harmonization with the law
    tracking railway regulations implementation
  • technical and technological projects for the reconstruction of the existing and the building of new HŽ facilities within which environment protection level will increase
  • improvement of conditions for management of waste obtained through technological processes
    the making of studies connected with environment protection
  • the introduction of a quality system for the field of HŽ environment protection (ISO norms)

The goals of area and environment protection are being evaluated on equal footing with other development goals, and the contribution to environment protection is a key feature of the comparative advantages of Croatian Railways. Croatian Railways’ environment protection goals are:

  • improvement of transport quality in order to completely minimize the existing or potential harmful influences on the environment (waste water purification, safe disposal of dangerous and damaging goods and materials and noise protection)
  • prevention (ecological analysis for every new project)
  • reduction of drinking water consumption, achieved through more rational use of water resources and repairs and rehabilitation of the water supply network
  • reduction of energy consumption in any form, especially energy fuelling the locomotives as well as fossil fuel consumption through rail electrification
  • promotion of railway transport use in order to increase passenger and cargo transport (by stressing its comparative advantages and sustainable transport principles)
  • employee education, encouraging responsibility for the environment and regular business control

RAILWAYS AND ATMOSPHERE POLLUTION

Overview of air pollutants emission according to transport modes

 

HARMFUL COMPONENTS 

EMISSION SHARE ACCORDING TO TRANSPORT MODES (%)

RAILWAY TRANSPORT 

ROAD TRANSPORT

AIR TRANSPORT

WATER TRANSPORT

Carbon monoxide (CO)

1

98

0.3

0.7

Nitrogen oxide (NOx)

4

90.5

0.5

5

Carbon-hydrogen (CH)

1

95

1

3

Carbon dyoxide (CO2)

4

80

11

5

Sulfur dyoxide (SO2 )

10

74

2

14

Hard particles

5

85

3

7

Railways are the safest carrier and more passenger and goods should be directed there. They help relieve the road network, conserve nature and non-renewable natural resources from devastation, decrease the number of road accidents and ecological catastrophes-respecting people and nature. Railways are an ecologically sustainable mode of transport because they are people and nature-friendly. Railway transport is environment-friendly. Comparative ecological advantages of the railways become at the same time market advantages.