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The role of rail in the vision of the Green Deal​


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Technologies and engineering to support major tunnels.



Factors influencing traffic scenarios​

2021 marks a key year for the strengthening of the transport sector, a year in which the commitment to the future of new generations can have a tangible effect. 

Environment, technologies and multimodality are the topics that will be discussed by the speakers during the Vision Rail sessions: three international webinars in which institutional representatives, national operators, entrepreneurs, academics and students will share experiences, best practices and goals. The common ambition is to make the rail the most effective and efficient solution for freight and passengers by 2030, the post-Covid-19 decade characterised by the European Green Deal.

For the organisers, the fundamental question of each seminar is: what initiative should be implemented to facilitate the modal shift from road to rail? During each event, they will answer, together with other guests, giving their personal opinion, and all the collected data will then become a publication: a white paper for EU rail transport.


SESSION THREE: 10.11.2021

Factors influencing traffic scenarios

Traffic scenarios depend on a number of factors: good technical functioning is certainly essential, but policies for rail operators are also needed to encourage a modal shift. Moreover, intermodal services and the creation of rail links with the core port hubs of the European network are the sine qua non for the future of rail.

Welcome introduction by Hubert du Mesnil, TELT President

Manuela Rocca, TELT Sustainability Manager
Michel Savy, Professor at Université Paris Est
Alain Bonnafous, Professor at Université Lyon III 
Jordi Torrent, Head of strategic projects and innovation Port of Barcelona
Petros Papaghiannakis, CEO of the operators of the new lines of LFP Perthus
Livio Ambrogio, Ambrogio logistics operator CEO

Pau Lian Staal, Netlipse President

SESSION TWO: 17.09.2021

Technologies and engineering to support major tunnels

For rail to become a viable alternative to road (in terms also of costs for operators and route managers), it must be able to guarantee increasingly high technological, safety, speed and capacity standards and, above all, long-lasting infrastructures following the example of the Fréjus railway tunnel, which is still operational after 150 years. The event will be held at the Accademia Albertina of Turin, an institution who has always celebrated the history of Frejus Tunnel.

Welcome introduction by Edoardo Di Mauro, Director of Accademia Albertina 

Mario Virano, CEO Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin
Pasquale Cialdini, Transports and Infrastructures expert
Giuseppe Venditti,  BBT Italia
Lorenzo Brino, TELT Engineering Director
Xavier Baumgard, TELT Head of railway installations
Francesco Troncone, BBT Head of railway installations
Xavier Darmendrail, TELT Territory Relationship Manager
Stefan Boscheri, BBT Austria Railway Installations Manager

 Fabrizio Apostolo, journalist

SESSION ONE: 16.06.2021

The role of rail in the vision of the Green Deal

The Green Deal for Europe aims to cut transport emissions by 90% by 2050. In order to achieve this goal and to ensure that transport continues to play its role in the transition towards an innovative, digital and clean European economy, in December 2020, the Commission adopted its strategy for smart and sustainable mobility. While waiting for an action plan to encourage rail transport, the seminar speakers will discuss measures to improve capacity and simplify booking systems among different modes of transport to further increase the attractiveness of rail.

Welcome speech: Iveta Radičová, European Mediterranean Corridor Coordinator

Guests of the round table:
Eddy Liégeois, Head of Unit TEN-T Network – DG MOVE
Wojciech Sopinski, Advisor DG MOVE
Mario Virano, CEO Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin
Furio Bombardi, Managing Director Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor

Discussant from Suor Orsola Benincasa University:
Angelo Pettrone
Guido Alberto Marsico

Vincent Edin, journalist and author

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