Global Rail and Energy Workshop


Railways have the potential to play a more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as interurban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have decided to work together on a new publication that aims at analysing the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants. Participation is by invitation only. 

We kindly ask you to indicate your interest to participate on this website.  

Please refer to the  Global rail and energy workshop Agenda for further information. 



Dr. Fatih Birol  |  Executive Director, International Energy Agency 

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux  | Director General, International Union of Railway 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Introduction and overview of the Agenda 

Session 1 – The current role of rail transport

Session 2 - The future of rail – drivers and bottlenecks

Session 3 - Opportunities & challenges for increasing the role of rail 

Session 4 – The role of rail for India’s development objectives

Tour de Table



 Session 1

  • 1.1 The current role of rail transport ¦ Alberto Mazzola
  • 1.2 Japan’s Experience in Domestic Railway Construction and Overseas Application¦ Takashi Yoshioka Presentation not available
  • 1.3 Rail transport in Switzerland ¦ Rudolf Sperlich
  • 1.4 Sustainable development targets ¦ Boris Ivanov

Session 2

  • 2.1 Innovation in Railways - contribution to decarbonisation ¦ Michaela Stroschneider
  • 2.2 The future of rail: drivers and bottlenecks ¦ Jan Havenga
  • 2.3 Back to the future of rail in South Korea ¦ Juhyung Lee
  • 2.4 Future outlook for rail & its prospects to satisfy future demand for passenger & freight transport ¦ Gerald Kowalski

 Session 3

Session 4

  • 4.1 The role of rail for india's development objectives ¦ Girish Pillai
  • 4.2 Urban Rail in India ¦ Mukund Sinha Presentation not available 
  • 4.3 The role of rail in India's development objectives ¦ Prashant Mishra
  • 4.4 Carbon emission reduction in India ¦ Shri Prakash