January 30, 2020
At the 13th Symposium on Competition & Regulation in the Rail Sector, the focus was on finding climate-friendly solutions to the mobility needs of business and society, and on understanding the role rail can play. DB CEO Dr Richard Lutz highlighted the importance of his company's new Strong Rail strategy in helping to decarbonise the mobility sector. He also stressed, however, that it would take more than just DB to make the future of mobility work. There were multiple players involved, Lutz said, and they would all need to do their part. Collaboration across national borders would be essential to high rail performance.
German Parliamentary State Secretary Enak Ferlemann described rail as a real source of hope for sustainable mobility – and stressed that rail also had an obligation to succeed. Elisabeth Werner, Director of Land Transport at the European Commission, pointed to sustainability, user focus, innovation and a uniform regulatory framework as key factors in the success of rail. These factors would be essential in making rail an effective competitor for road and air traffic.
Professor Ottmar Edenhofer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research described carbon pricing as a turning point in the quest for sustainable climate policy. He noted, however, that carbon pricing would need to be introduced on a European scale to be effective.
It was clear at the 2020 Symposium that the transport sector had truly understood the importance of environmental protection and sustainable mobility. With momentum coming from society and policy makers as well, it was also clear that the changes would be far-reaching. Professor Henning Kagermann, Chair of the National Platform Future of Mobility, described the path ahead in a few, well-chosen words: asked about the emerging transformation, he said it would be "doable, but not trivial".
Source: Deutsche Bahn