“The importance of energy saving encourages transport companies to introduce new technologies,”
says Head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov
Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways,
has spoken about the Company’s measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce
Belozerov was addressing a business breakfast on the economy’s impact on
climate change at the Franco-Russian Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Council
(CEFIC) in Paris on 17 December 2018.
According to the Company head, the importance of energy saving encourages transport
companies to introduce new technologies. Russian Railways, for example, has reduced
energy consumption by more than a quarter in the last 15 years, despite a significant
increase in freight turnover.
Belozerov noted that according to international assessments, Russian Railways ranks
first in the world in terms of the energy efficiency of rail freight and third with
regard to passenger services.
The Company implements series of measures to reduce its environmental impact and
improve its energy efficiency on a consistent basis. In particular, at the request
of Russian Railways, Russian research institutes have developed a system for organising
train timetables to optimise energy use. This system has been praised by international
experts and is currently being further developed on the rail network.
In addition, the Company has been working with renewable energy sources for more
than 10 years. One of the first such renewable sources was a pilot project to install
solar modules at Anapa train station, where a programme was implemented to introduce
heat pumps for heating and heating water in administrative and industrial buildings,
autonomous street lamps using solar panels, lighting systems and a back-up power supply
running on wind and solar energy.
"For our part, we are also interested in studying the best practices and innovative
technologies that are available in the French transport industry," said Oleg Belozerov.