ÖBB is the largest climate protection company in the country. Rail freight transport alone is 21 times CO2-poorer than trucks. The Rail Cargo Group is not only investing in the expansion of rail logistics services, but also in innovations to make rail freight transport more attractive in the long term. Last year, for example, the pioneering TransANT wagon undercarriage and superstructure was introduced to the market. With this innovation, RCG now occupies third place in the BVL Sustainability Award.
BVL awards the most sustainable companies
The awarding of the Logistics Sustainability Prize, jointly initiated by BVL Austria and BVL Germany, took place for the 8th time this year. Top companies from industry, commerce and the service sector received their awards at the ceremony of the 35th Logistics Dialogue 2019 on 11 April.
The Rail Cargo Group achieved third place for the sustainable platform concept TransANT. Andreas Redling, Managing Director Rail Cargo Wagon - Austria GmbH, accepted the award on behalf of ÖBB. "For us, sustainability means safety, sustainability, customer orientation and a responsible approach to the environment. With TransANT we want to move even more goods from the road to the environmentally friendly rail," said Redling. “All the more reason for us to be thrilled that we have been awarded the BVL Sustainability Prize. An important sign that we are on the right track".
Freight transport as a driver of innovation
TransANT offers ÖBB freight transport customers a payload advantage of up to four tonnes - made possible by the 20 percent lighter undercarriage. In addition, the modular superstructures are available in various industry-specific versions. The body changes enable customer-oriented adaptations to different logistical requirements. For example, TransANT can be used to effectively handle the transport of containers, wood, bulk or general cargo. Currently, the first 30 TransANT units are already in series production for a customer.
Economic and ecological benefits
With its unique concept, TransANT makes freight transport even more attractive for customers and will thus put more freight on rail. Neither the road infrastructure nor the emission reduction targets are compatible with the growth of freight transport in the coming years. Rail can create added value here with intermodal transport concepts and innovative freight wagons such as TransANT.