Electrification of railways sees CO2 Emissions fall

Passenger rail rates of CO2 emissions have fallen in recent history due to the use of greener energy resources. The UK railway is now utilizing a series of passenger rail services which are electric only. Rather than train services utilizing diesel fuel, passenger trains can consume electricity and cut down on CO2 emissions.

Electrified routes are becoming more popular across the UK and there has been an increase of electrified routes across the country. Just over 36% of the UK now runs on electric infrastructure and the government is working to reduce its carbon emissions by 2032 by up to 57% which means electrification of railways will increase.

Even though there are more passengers on UK transit than ever before, and the amount of energy that it takes to run that transit is rising, carbon emissions are at an all-time low. This ultimately comes down to more routes that are receiving a changeover to all electric service. These indications of populations now taking transit more often and still experiencing a lowering in carbon emissions would indicate that there is an emerging level of sustainability that comes down to the use of electric rail. Electrification is definitely part of the solution when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint.

The future of rail technology throughout the UK may come with the use of hydrogen and battery technologies. These are areas that could reduce the cost of electric conversion and further reduce carbon emissions with alternative power generation techniques.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly a half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of E house substations. Our design ensures maximum flexibility for excellent reliability and a high return on investment.

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