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Railway systems

Rail is the Cornerstone of the Middle East’s Sustainable Future Mobility MIDDLE EAST

Significant investment in railway systems will play an important role in supporting economic development, says Cécile Texier, Sustainability and CSR vice president at Alstom

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he threat of human-made climate change, pushed by our continuing use of fossil fuels for energy and automotive transportation and the accompanying CO2 emissions, is one of the most urgent crises facing the Middle East and our world today. While the global energy sector is transitioning towards renewable energy, the global transport sector remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Even with current and announced CO2 mitigation policies, transportation CO2 emissions are projected to grow by 60% by 2050. To prevent climate disaster, and to improve the mobility and health of communities in the Middle East and across the globe, we must decarbonise

September 2019 | MEConstructionNews.com

96% Riyadh’s

Metropolis trains have a variety of energyreducing innovations and are also recyclable up to 96%

transportation. Worldwide, transportation accounts for about a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions and 40% of energy usage. Transportation is also a major contributor to localised pollution such as particulates from car, bus and truck engines, which can adversely affect the health of people and communities. Already, the Middle East is making great gains towards achieving transport decarbonisation. Major regional investments in rail and metro networks, including the Riyadh Metro and the Dubai Metro Red Line extension, are examples of the region’s leadership in driving the modal shift in transportation, and helping to enhance mobility and reduce auto traffic and air pollution. Iraq is also advancing mobility projects,

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