UNIFE’s involvement in promoting sustainable, low-carbon transport builds upon a long-established cooperation among the rail sector in EU-funded collaborative research projects (6th and 7th Framework Programme).
Significant reductions in emissions due to transport are being demanded by governments and policy-makers, as well as by society. Reductions in the energy consumption of railway rolling stock are therefore an important objective and a core activity for UNIFE, which can be seen in ongoing projects:
REFRESCO (towards a REgulatory FRamework for the usE of Structural new materials in railway passenger and freight CarbOdyshells): new materials pave the way for the construction of lighter rolling stock, which will consume less energy and help reduce the emissions of rail transport. The overall objective of REFRESCO is to set the framework for the implementation of new materials in the railway sector through the evolution of certification processes for rolling stock.
Duration: September 2013 - February 2016
MERLIN (Management of Energy for smarter RaiLway systems in Europe: an INtegrated optimisation approach): MERLIN’s main aim and purpose is to investigate and demonstrate the viability of an integrated management system to achieve a more sustainable and optimised energy usage in European electric mainline railway systems.
Duration: October 2012 - September 2015
SUSTRAIL (the sustainable freight railway: designing the freight vehicle – track system for higher delivered tonnage with improved availability at reduced cost): this research project aims to contribute to a new era in increased competitiveness of the rail freight sector by adopting a holistic approach, implementing a clear methodology and viable procedures for a combined improvement in both freight vehicles and track components.
Duration: June 2011 - May 2015