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High Voltage Energy Efficiency:

Who is actually in the driving seat in the railway business?

Do you think you know all the ins and outs of the rail system? And you know that rail's environmental advantages lie somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle between train operating companies, passenger transport authorities and manufacturers? Now you can test your knowledge! If you can easily answer all the questions in our 12 lessons then you are beyond our help. But if you want to know more about the parameters that impact energy efficiency then the advanced level of the CAMPUS ECORAILS is just right for you!

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Should PTAs incorporate environmental criteria into the awarding process?

 
Please choose your answer
No. Environmental criteria are superfluous because the railways environmental lead over cars and planes is unassailably good.
No. PTAs have no influence over this issue. TOCs and manufacturers always do just what they want.
Yes. The idea of incorporating energy efficiency into the awarding process may be in the early stages but PTAs can play a strategically important role when it comes to energy efficiency.
For advanced learners:

Public Transport Administrations (PTAs) play a key role today when it comes to improving the quality and environmental performance of passenger rail transport. Despite their inherent advantages, the railways have not yet fully exploited their potential for increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

Criteria relating to energy efficiency, exhaust pollutants and noise can be used in all major types of awarding process - competitive tendering, direct awarding and in-house provision. European law explicitly encourages the use of environmental criteria in public procurement procedures, providing certain basic principles are respected.

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