Railfreight for the planet : Noah’s train stops in Paris
(Paris, 5 February 2019) After a launch in Katowice during the last day of COP 24 and stops in Vienna and Berlin, the world’s longest mobile work of art made a stop in Paris. Imagined and put on rails by Europe’s freight operating companies, this train promotes Modal Shift as a powerful tool to fight against climate change. In Paris, an elephant, a horse, a toucan and a fish on the French containers joined the animals that had already been spray-painted on the Polish, Austrian and German containers, allowing the train to resonate more and more with the image of Noah’s Ark. After a successful public event on February 2nd, the train was revealed to all the stakeholders of the sector at Gare de L’Est on the 5th.
“If nothing changes, in 2030 we won’t be able to reach the commitments we took in the Paris Agreement, with more than 80 additional millions of CO2 emitted each year? We need a modal shift, which is the best environmental and social answer to the growth of freight in Europe”, said Sylvie Charles, CEO of SNCF Logistics/Rail and Intermodal.
“We, as infrastructure managers, are on your side! And we do need campaigns like this one to help us change the way we function internally”, said Jean Ghedira, CEO of SNCF Réseau, the Infrastructure branch of SNCF.
“Noah’s train encourages us to take action, and also to cooperate. Because in a railway sector open to competition, it is vital that all stakeholders work together to make railfreight stronger”, said Elisabeth Borne, French Minister of Transport.
Noah’s train then left in music to Brussels, its next destination, pursuing its journey towards a better tomorrow…