THE SNCF AND ENERGY

Under this title the SNCF has recently published a document which contains details of the amount of energy consumed by each mode of transport and gives statistics on the railway's position in this problem which affects directly the country's economy. The first chapter explains the energy situation in France and how it has developed over the last twenty years. The second chapter deals with the importance of the transport sector in the economy and its characteristics (the 26.5 per cent transport share is comparable to that of the domestic and tertiary sector, and to that of industry). It is stated in the document that it seems essential to direct traffic to the most economical modes so as to limit the rise of energy consumption in the transport sector. In the third chapter (reproduced in full in this issue) are given the consumption figures for the different modes of passenger and freight transport. The document then mentions the three essential factors that explain the railway's advantages in the sphere of energy, a very large portion of its traffic being hauled by electric traction. Reference is made finally to the importance of economising oil which may entail, in the next decade, transferring traffic from high-consumption transport modes to the most economic mode, thereby ensuring a better equilibrium of investments and a better use of the railway's

  • Corporate Authors:

    Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais

    92 rue Bonaparte
    75 Paris 6e,   France 
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Language

  • French

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1976 12:00AM