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Railroad transportation is amongst the most environmental friendly because its resource, energy and space cost per unit is several times smaller than the one of land or air transport.

The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by moving one passenger traveling by train is only one third of the amount emitted when moving one person by car.  The energy cost of trains is 8 times smaller than the one of an airplane. If you compare air transport to train transport by human kilometer then the plane is 10 times more energy consuming.*

An average car weighing about 1 tonne consumes 6 liters of fuel for passing through 100 kilometers. Depending on the type of locomotive the fuel cost of transporting one tonne of goods by 100 km is 200 - 300 grams.


*Data from study materials: “Sustainable development“ Malle Peedel, 2011