Eco-friendly rail transport for waste

The ÖBB Rail Cargo Group has many years of experience in waste transportation and takes care of around 12 percent of Austria’s waste every year. This avoids over 80,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and about 460,000 truck journeys.

Right now, the ÖBB RCG transports around 8 million tonnes – 12 percent – of all the waste produced in Austria on the eco-friendly railways. There’s a lot of scope for more, however. In 2018, Austria produced a total of 66 million tonnes of waste. Rail-borne types of waste like excavation material, building and demolition waste, household waste like ash and clinker are very well suited to rail freight transport on account of their mass, weight and features, and also how they are loaded and unloaded.

Innovative transport services

The ÖBB Rail Cargo Group’s waste transportation options include everything from classic freight wagons to innovative container solutions for customised services. The ÖBB RCG’s MOBILER system is one of the ways the company is combining eco-friendly rail with flexible road transport. This hydraulic lifting device provides fast and simple transshipment with special MOBILER containers.

No cranes or industrial sidings are needed, so the system can be easily connected to industrial sites that don’t have any railway sidings. One million tonnes of goods have already been transported in 1,000 eco-friendly MOBILER containers, making a significant contribution to achieving our climate and environmental targets.