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Rail and the Environment. Kathryn Rayner Manager, Policy. Outline. The rail industry Rail’s environmental credentials Comments on the Discussion Paper Options for an improved transport environmental outcome. Track ownership. Freight Operators. Hire and Reward Queensland Rail (QR)

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Rail and the environment

Rail and the Environment

Kathryn Rayner

Manager, Policy


Outline

Outline

  • The rail industry

  • Rail’s environmental credentials

  • Comments on the Discussion Paper

  • Options for an improved transport environmental outcome


Track ownership

Track ownership


Freight operators

Freight Operators

Hire and Reward

  • Queensland Rail (QR)

  • Pacific National (PN) includes FA and Tasrail

  • Australian Railroad Group (ARG)

  • FreightLink

  • Specialised Container Transport

  • CRT Group

  • Interail Australia

  • Silverton Rail

  • Southern Shorthaul Railroad


Freight operators1

Freight Operators

Ancillary

  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore

  • Pilbara Rail Company

  • Comalco

  • Sugar cane railways

  • Manildra Group


Passenger operators

Passenger Operators

  • QR

  • Rail Corp (NSW)

  • Connex (Vic franchise)

  • Yarra Trams (Vic franchise)

  • TransAdelaide

  • WA Public Transport Authority


Heritage and tourist

Heritage and Tourist

Approx 200 Operators,

  • Great Southern Railway

    Association of Tourist & Heritage Rail Aust. (ATHRA)

  • 3801 Ltd

  • South Spur Rail

  • Pichi Richi

  • Puffing Billy Railway


Rail industry regulation

Rail Industry Regulation

A national industry

High level of self-regulation

  • Important as it allows for a national approach

  • Achieved through Codes of Practice


Rail environmental credentials

Rail: Environmental Credentials

  • Less emissions than road and aviation

  • Energy efficient compared to other modes

  • Less noise than aviation or road

  • Less land take than roads


Rail lowest emissions

Rail = Lowest Emissions


Rail energy efficiency

Rail = Energy Efficiency


Freight externality costs

Freight Externality Costs


Discussion paper

Discussion Paper

Focuses on:

  • Low priority issues, often local issues

  • Suggests regulation without identifying the problem

  • Does not give the industry the opportunity to address the “problem” itself

  • Does not recognise the different environmental issues for different aspects of the industry, eg


Discussion paper1

Discussion Paper

  • Infrastructure (below track) issues

    • Noise

    • Land protection

  • Operator (above track) issues

    • Noise

    • Emissions

    • Waste

  • ATHRA

    • Often above and below rail

    • Heritage aspects

    • Volunteer base


Discussion paper possible outcomes

Discussion Paper – Possible Outcomes

Harmonise existing regulation to be:

  • Consistent across States/Territories

  • Consistent between modes

  • Affordable and not result in modal distortion

  • Make a real difference


Options for the ltec work program

Options for the LTEC Work Program

Focus on how to use the levers available to improve the overall environmental outcome for transport (freight and passengers) such as:

  • Pricing

  • Investment

  • Cultural change

  • Safety & social regulation

  • Urban Planning


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