On September 22, 2021, during the TRAKO railway fair, Koleje Mazowieckie and ECCO Rail signed letters of intent with PKP Energetyka under which these entities declared they will join the Green Railway Program. Thus the Program already includes six carriers planning to switch to powering their trains with energy from renewable energy sources.
The largest traction energy storage in Europe has been in operation for 2 months in Garbce near Żmigród (Lower Silesia Voivodeship, Poland). Since the official launch, which took place on 1 July, the facility built by PKP Energetyka has already powered more than 2.5 thousand passages of regional and long-distance passenger and freight train carriages. Watch the film about this energy storage facility explaining how it works and showing the unique technologies it uses.
About the challenges and opportunities for railway – “Green-speed railway in the Łódź Voivodeship ” seminar
On 27 July 2021, the ”Green-speed railway in the Łódź Voivodeship” seminar was held in Łódź, Poland. During the seminar, topics such as RES for railway and implementation of the Green Railway Program, railway infrastructure as part of energy transition or low-carbon economy in the regions were discussed. The event was attended by members of the Presiding Committee of the CEEK – Chairman Janusz Malinowski and Vice-Chairmen Piotr Majerczak and Leszek Hołda.
Soon, the trains of Koleje Śląskie (Silesian Railways) will be powered by traction energy from renewable sources. The local government carrier signed a letter of intent in this regard with PKP Energetyka – the company coordinating the implementation of the Green Railway Programme. The subject of the agreement is the purchase of energy generated by solar and wind power plants, as well as energy production for its own needs, using photovoltaic systems.
PKP Energetyka has launched Europe’s largest traction energy storage facility to power the Polish railway. The storage facility will strengthen the security and quality of energy supply to the railways, balance the power drawn from the Polish National Power System, and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources under the Green Rail Program.
On June 30, a Member of the CEEK Program Council and the CEO of Warsaw’s SKM Alan Beroud participated in the “Hydrogen Rail” conference organized by the Polish Chamber of Railway Equipment Producers and Railway Service Providers. During the event, he declared that the carrier wants to use electricity from renewable energy sources.
The VII Transport Development Congress was held under the “Railway in the face of new challenges” heading. During the event, issues being the subject of activity of the Center for Railway Energy Efficiency (CEEK) – opportunities to optimize electricity consumption in rail transport or the use of RES were discussed. The event was attended by CEEK representatives.
On June 22, the Members of the Program Council of the Center for Railway Energy Efficiency (CEEK) participated in the XII edition of the “Polish Infrastructure and Construction” conference. During the discussion panel on projects in the railway transport sector, the CEEK's Green Rail program was mentioned.
‘Green Rail – Green Poland’: part of the Polish Multimedia Climate Report marking the TOGETAIR Climate Summit
Maturity and unity of the industry, the realisation of the Green Rail programme and the implementation and promotion of pro-environmental initiatives in the railway sector: these are the three steps to achieving fully climate-neutral rail transport in Poland. They are presented in an article entitled ‘Green Rail – Green Poland’, written by members of the Presiding Committee of the Program Council for the Center for Railway Energy Efficiency. The article forms part of the Polish Multimedia Climate Report, which was published to mark this year’s edition of the TOGETAIR Climate Summit.
The web version of Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita recently reported on ‘Green Rail’: a sectoral program by the Polish railway industry that aims to switch to 85% RES traction energy by 2030. As is highlighted in the article, this is in response to climate change and pro-environmental consumer trends.