European rail freight companies double their ambitions to fight climate change
14 December 2018
At the Katowice climate conference today, Rail Freight Forward, a coalition of rail freight companies and federations from across Europe, committed to help save up to 290 million tons of C02 transport emissions over the next decade.
With 275 million tons of C02 emissions a year, freight transport represents almost a third of total transport emissions, passenger transport included. At an estimated growth rate of 30% by 2030, the climate impact of freight transport is expected to increase substantially over the coming years.
To avoid this increase, Rail Freight Forward aims to boost the share of rail in overall freight transport from 18% to 30% by 2030. With rail freight emitting 9 times less CO2 than road freight, this modal shift from road to rail is a crucial step to help the transport industry reach its climate targets as defined in the Paris Accord.
The signatories committed to transforming their sector and offering innovative and highly competitive rail products, while urging policymakers and partners to create the necessary external conditions to enable a modal shift from road to rail freight.
Lineas Intermodal's LORO link has already kept more than 35,000 lorries off Antwerp roads in 2018
31 October 2018
Between January and September 2018 Lineas Intermodal has kept more than 35,000 lorries (45% more than in 2017) off the roads in and around Antwerp with its fast rail link between the left and right bank of the River Scheldt (the 'LORO link’). That amounts to almost 1000 lorries per week. Lineas Intermodal plans to increase its capacity in 2019 in order to allow for growth, and is thus committed to a smarter transport mix in order to relieve mobility problems on the Antwerp ring road.
Lineas continues to focus on Germany
24 September 2018
Launch of local Operations Center in Mainz
Brussels, 24 September 2018 – In view of the importance of the German market to Lineas’ Green Xpress Network, the company is expanding its operations in Germany with the opening of an Operations Center in Mainz.
Lineas already has an office with commercial and operational teams in Mainz, a strategic location in the Rotterdam – Antwerp – Rhine/Ruhr region triangle, where 40% of the European chemical industry is located. The new Operations Center in Mainz will monitor the 200 or so Lineas trains that travel in and through Germany every week and will meet the demand from the German and European market for an even more direct local point of contact.
First Belgian to reach K2 summit
25 July 2018
Paul Hegge, Head Of Public Affairs & CSR at Lineas, is also the holder of a national record since 21 July 2018. At 52, Paul is the first (and only) Belgian to have reached the summit of K2, a mountain on the Sino-Pakistani border, which is considered to be more dangerous to climb than Mount Everest.