Climate effects of rail and road

Comparison of energy demand and emissions from road, rail and waterway transport in long-distance freight transport.

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Rail and waterway are commonly considered a better environmental performer in the carriage of goods than road.

But the validity of such general statements is limited as our a new study shows. It depends on the respective individual case. In comparative studies, rail shows better GHG emissions than road by a factor of two to five. However, these studies raise questions regarding the chosen assumptions and boundary conditions.

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