INTERNATIONAL: A Technical Recommendation to enable benchmarking of locomotive and rolling stock energy consumption has been published by UIC and UNIFE. The total net energy consumed at the pantograph or from the fuel tank is calculated over a predefined service profile based on the operation of the train or a standardised profile for a particular service category.

The TechRec has been developed under the RailEnergy project, which brings together industry partners including AnsaldoBreda, Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, Faiveley and SAFT Batteries, plus operators and infrastructure managers, consultancies and research institutes.

UNIFE and UIC agreed last December to work together to develop voluntary standards for railways and publish TechRecs, primarily for rolling stock and interfaces between operators and suppliers.