UK:· The Railway Industry Association, RSSB and strategic partners Network Rail and the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network have announced the next Unlocking Innovation webinar series, which will focus on Routes to Zero Carbon Rail.

There will be free 1½ h webinars every day at 14.00 on October 19-22, open to all. The topics will include:

  • October 19: Driving electrification – more cost efficient electrification of the network;
  • October 20: Decarbonising self-powered rolling stock;
  • October 21: Zero carbon operations, maintenance and renewals;
  • October 22: Generation decarbonisation — exploring rail’s wider role in the national push for net zero emissions.

There will also be several ‘elevator pitches’ showcasing inventions that could help the industry to hit the zero carbon target.

‘The UK rail industry has been set the challenge of removing all diesel-only trains from the network by 2040, and making the network net zero carbon by 2050’, said RIA Technical Director David Clarke. ‘These goals are achievable but will require a clear decarbonisation strategy, investment in electrification and low carbon technologies and collaboration across the industry. All these topics will be discussed over the week of October 19 — so we welcome all to join RIA and RSSB, and our strategic partners UKRRIN and Network Rail, for what will be a fascinating week.’