Breitspur Planungsgesellschaft awarded with the "Triple-A Smart Sustainable Company Rating"
In an evaluation process, the project's contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact Principals was confirmed.
In the course of the General Assembly on 28 July 2021, the Breitspur Planungsgesellschaft (BPG) was awarded with the Triple-A Smart Sustainable Company Rating. This confirmed the project's contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact Principals at international level. The SDGs are political goals of the United Nations and came into force in 2016. They serve sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level. This roadmap aims to enable a decent life worldwide and to preserve the natural foundations of life.
Rail project with special potential for climate protection
The analysis identified the extension of the broad-gauge railway from Kosice to the Vienna area, as having special potential in the SDG areas of climate protection, economic growth and the construction of resilient infrastructure. This shows the importance of the project, which is essential for achieving the climate goals and economic growth. Rail is the most environmentally friendly transport alternative: every tonne of freight transported by rail produces 21 times less CO2 than by road transports.
The EU Commission recently presented the “Fit for 55" plan. It aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared with 1990. This ambitious target can only be achieved by expanding the rail network - including freight transport. After all, shifting the rapidly growing transport volume between Asia and Europe from trucks, airplanes and freight ships to rail is a sustainable and innovative solution for achieving the climate targets. As BPG's environmental report shows, a broad-gauge rail expansion can reduce truck traffic in eastern Austria by 1,100 trucks per day - and thus save CO2, relieve the roads and reduce noise pollution accordingly.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer, Director of the Institute of Transport Economics and Logistics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, said: "Congratulations on the award, which is more than deserved because of the CO2 savings, new jobs and the increase in Austria's competitiveness made possible by the project. The award shows how much the environment, Austrian workers and the Austrian economy as a whole would benefit from the extension of the broad gauge to Eastern Austria. The extension of the broad gauge is one of the key projects to increase the modal split of the railway."
Positive conclusion of the SP-V in Austria / Next steps in Slovakia
Three years ago, the Strategic Transport Review (SP-V) was launched and now completed in April this year. In the summary statement, the proposal of the initiators to strive for an additional high-capacity line according to the SP-V act is endorsed. In Slovakia, too, the preparatory process continues at full speed. The environmental impact assessment is currently being carried out there. A conclusion to the assessment is expected in January 2022.