Railsponsible and its member companies are engaging through various channels with other railway initiatives and industry associations. In order to advance the discussion on sustainability we aim at inviting stakeholders to share their insights in Railsponsible’s newsletter series. Pedro Fortea, General Manager, from the Spanish Railway Association (Mafex) presents here his view on the railway industry’s sustainability efforts from a Spanish perspective.

The Spanish railway industry: Key steps to a sustainable developmentMAFEX logo granate SRA alta

Like Railsponsible, Mafex acknowledges the responsibilities and opportunities of the railway industry to become a key player in achieving sustained social and economic growth, compatible with the aim to stabilize the global climate.

Thus, Mafex members have been able to develop great innovations and new solutions to achieve modern networks, adapted to the needs of 21st-century cities. Such technologies have introduced significant advantages in terms of accessibility and comfort, safety, architectural integration in the environment, as well as important energy saving and environmentally-friendly features.

Mafex member companies are also pioneers in the development and implementation of technological solutions in line with the reduction in energy consumption in major European urban systems and rolling stock: on-board batteries, traction systems and energy measurement.

Some of our members are also involved in efficiency and sustainability programs, such as Shift2RAIL. The program faces now the difficult challenge of increasing the use of railways in relation to other forms of transport, based on enhancing the attractiveness of railways for all the different users with substantial improvements in capacity, punctuality, energy efficiency and economy.

The ultimate aim of the Spanish companies is, therefore, to help create and implement a more sustainable, efficient transport system that best adapts to each market. The success of this objective is based on exporting the know-how acquired during the modernization of the Spanish railway system, their extensive international experience and their continued support for the research and development of new technologies to improve world railway transport.