Rail emissions deforestation link

April 09, 2009

Most CO2 emissions from high-speed rail are a result of deforestation related to the construction of new railway lines. That's the preliminary conclusion from a report by a French rail track company RFF, due to be published in June, that develops a lifecycle assessment for the carbon footprint of high-speed rail.

The company has been monitoring rail’s carbon footprint for 15 years, but is now giving the preliminary phases of clearing and construction more importance.