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Europe’s Rail Flagship Project 4 - Sustainable and green rail systems

Project description

Next stop… sustainable, green railway systems

The EU has set ambitious targets to improve the existing sustainability performance of railway systems, which calls for new innovative products and services to be developed, tested and deployed. The aim of this destination (based on leading-edge technologies to minimise energy and resource consumption and environmental impact) is a more attractive and climate-resilient mode of transport. In this context, the EU-funded FP4 - Rail4EARTH project will make significant advances in numerous aspects (technical, environmental, economic and standardisation). Led by a consortium of global leaders in train and subsystem research and manufacturing, the project will provide the needed scientific and technical solutions via the development and demonstration of new solutions. These will be in line with the EU’s aim to be climate neutral by 2050.


This proposal is fully addressing the HORIZON-ER-JU-2022-FA4-01 call for project.
It’s scope of work is covering the Sustainable and green rail systems including rolling stocks, infrastructures, stations and all of their related sub-systems.
The objectives are to significantly progress on several families of Key Performance Indicators on different fields : technical ,environmental, economical, standardisation.
The decarbonisation of Diesel trains, noise and vibration reduction, energy savings, circular economy, resource consumption, resilience to climate change and pandemic attack, attractiveness of passenger trains are at the heart of the proposed project.
The consortium carrying out the project is made of recognized world-class know-how partners : operators, train and sub-sytems manufacturers, research and technology laboratories.
It will perfectly identify the precise needs of operators including implicitly the European public policies of sustainable transports, including Climate Neutral Europe for 2050. It will provide the needed scientific and technical solutions via the development and demonstrations (up to TRL7) of new solutions increasing drastically the environmental performances of the railway holistic system. These new solutions will be proposed while verifying that they have viable economic models ensuring a rapid commercialization for the benefit of European citizens.
Driven with a constant will for performance, the project will regularly quantify its KPIs progress and will communicate regularly with other ERJU projects as well as other European research entities such as Clean Hydrogen JU or Batt4EU so that all suitable synergies can be implemented.
With the quality of its partners, its organization and its processes implemented for maximum efficiency, there is no doubt that this project will achieve all the project objectives set by the HORIZON-ER-JU-2022-FA4-01 Call.


Net EU contribution
€ 4 605 346,55
93400 Saint Ouen

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Seine-Saint-Denis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
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