Specific Objectives

  1. To reduce resource needs (deployment of locomotives) in railway construction and reconstruction by up to 20% in the project area in the next 5 years 
  2. To reduce energy consumption related to railway construction and reconstruction by up to 20% in the next 5 years
  3. To reduce carbon footprint and pollutant emission during railway construction and reconstruction by up to 20% over the period of the next 5 years
  4. Environmental impact (incl. energy consumption, CO2 emissions, acidification, eutrophication, photochemical oxidant formation) will be reduced by 20%, and by 60% 2-years after the end of the project. The table summarizes the environmental impacts of using self-propelled carriage vs. current methods during and 2 years after the project.



    (current situation - 21 typical locomotives deployed)

    In the project

    (14 typical locomotives deployed,

    20% change to baseline)

    2 years after project

    (7 typical locomotives deployed,

    60% change to baseline)


    15648 tons/year

    12518 tons/year

    6259 tons/year

    Materials required for maintenance

    119 tons/year

    96 tons/year

    48 tons/year

    Material recycling

    53 tons/year

    42 tons/year

    21 tons/year

    Reduced energy consumption

    17 million kwh/year consumed

    14 million kwh/year (total reduction) 

    7 million kwh/year (total reduction)

    Hazardous waste

    22 tons/year

    17 tons/year

    8.5 tons/year


    Acidification:  157500 k mol +H per year

    Eutrophication: 8694 kg O2

    Photo oxident formation: 126 kg ethene

    Acidification: 126000 k mol +H/year

    Eutrophication: 6955 kg O2

    Photo oxident formation: 100.8 kg ethene

    Acidification: 63000 k mol +H/year

    Eutrophication: 3478 kg O2

    Photo oxident formation: 50.4 kg ethene

    *LCA will be conducted in this project to gain precise figures on the product’s environmental impacts.

The main objective of the project is to remove the barriers for market penetration of a self-propelled bulk carriage designed for resource-efficient construction and reconstruction of railway infrastructure.

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