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27 Jul 2009 09:07:01

UK railway electrification must be powered by renewable energy



UK railway electrification must be powered by renewable energy
The UK government's plans to electrify further stretches of the rail network will only make a difference if renewable energy is used to power trains.

Plans for the £1.1 billion electrification of the Great Western line and track between Liverpool and Manchester were unveiled by transport secretary Andrew Adonis last week.

According to Green Peace, however, such a policy will not lower emissions from transport unless the electricity comes from renewable power generation sources, such as wind.

"What the government really need to do is to increase the amount of renewable energy in proportion to the amount of energy consumed in the country. And then also electrify more lines," a spokesperson for the environmental group said.

"We need electric trains. We need electric trains powered by wind and by tidal energy."

According to the website businessgreen.com, electric trains emit as much as 35 percent less carbon dioxide per passenger per mile than their diesel alternatives.

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