COP26 video statement: Rail market opening must be a top priority

The clock is ticking, and we are headed towards a climate catastrophe if we do not act now, fast and decisively.

One of the key solutions – if not THE key solution – to reduce emissions is modal shift to rail.

How do we accelerate modal shift to rail? By opening the rail market to new entrant passenger rail companies. Examples from Italy and Spain showed that rail market opening led to higher ridership and cheaper fares.

Thus, rail market opening must be a top priority at the COP26.