The largest annual conference on European environment policy, ‘Green Week’ (4-7 June), is approaching; it will offer opportunities for debate and exchanges of experience on the topic of air quality/pollution with representatives from the European Commission, NGOS, universities and scientific bodies. “Air quality - taking care of the air we breathe” is available to help journalists cover this topic. It highlights two of the sectors that play a key part in contamination – transport and agriculture – and illustrate the risks, as well as some solutions to reduce polluting emissions.
It is anticipated that by 2030 over 30,000 km of high speed train lines will be laid in Europe in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions by 34 million tonnes. The railway sector is continually developing its networks, these to be expanded into the future thanks to European technology and funding. Having set a record of over 570 km/h with the French TGV, the high-speed train has become one of the safest, fastest and cleanest modes of transport in Europe.
For many years the European Union has been encouraging people to travel freely throughout Europe using several principal means of transport. One way of stimulating the free movement of people and goods is by providing a well-equipped transport system such as an extensive cross-border railway network. Countries like France, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany have already developed their own national high-speed railway systems. These systems have proven themselves as being one of the easiest and most comfortable ways to travel. Thanks to international collaboration, high-speed trains are now connecting several European capitals and the train has become a good option for more ecological and sustainable travel around Europe for both business and tourism.
For journalists interested in transport and technology, we offer:
• Relevant footage depicting the most important steps of the European high-speed lines’ development and expansion;
• Images of future perspectives and the technology of the European railway network related to infrastructure, passengers and environmental issues;
• Pictures of the various high-speed railway systems within Europe, including examples from France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
• Exclusive pictures of 2007 high-speed train tests.