Oleg Belozerov identifies key technologies for the railways of the future
Digitalisation, containerisation and high-speed and driverless trains – these are the technologies of the railways of the future, said Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, who was speaking at the session Transport Backbone of the Economy.
The session took place at the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which is currently being held.
According to Belozerov, railways remain in high demand and in the future will continue to hold a key position in the transport framework of the Russian economy.
"Today we understand what the railways need to do in order for the country to develop much faster," said Oleg Belozerov, who went on to emphasise the role of the creation of the high-speed rail network.
"High-speed rail projects are very profitable because they create huge multiplier effects and save people time. This is then translated into the incomes of the regions, budgets, railways and, most importantly, the people," said the head of Russian Railways.
Belozerov also noted that in the future, Russian Railways would strengthen its position as the most environmentally friendly form of transport. The Company’s development is based on the principles of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance).
As an example of an environmentally friendly approach, Oleg Belozerov cited energy savings.
"We recover energy from our locomotives and return it to the contact network when braking. As a result, 6% of the energy consumed is returned back – enough to supply the Pskov, Novgorod or Magadan regions," said Belozerov.
"One of the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient projects is the city trains of the Moscow Central Ring," said Oleg Belozerov later, after taking the floor during the Russia-France business dialogue at the SPIEF.
Belozerov stressed that the development of rail transport was a way to solve many environmental problems, including achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Environmental issues are therefore one of the important areas of cooperation between the Russian Railways’ Holding and its French colleagues.
Within the framework of the joint Road Map, the key issues are driverless trains, the use of hydrogen energy sources and the use of other alternative green technologies in rolling stock.