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Event Organiser: Railway Civil Engineers’ Association

Sustainability in the rail industry, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 25 March 2021
  • 17:30 - 19:30
Sustainability in the rail industry, online

About this event

Rail infrastructure-related carbon emissions are largely generated through ‘embodied carbon’ which represents the energy required to extract, transport and process raw materials, and manufacture them into products used to build, maintain and renew assets on the operational railway. Combined with carbon dioxide emitted during construction (transport, plant and equipment), these emissions are referred to as Capital Carbon.

The Rail Carbon Tool was developed to allow the UK rail industry to quantify its Capital Carbon impact so it can reduce it, acting as an enabler towards ‘low whole-life carbon, low whole-life cost infrastructure’.

Emmanuel will provide insight from a practitioner’s perspective, on using the Rail Carbon Tool and the challenges facing Network Rail to quantify and assess carbon in multiple scenarios including but not limited to, design option selection, business case justification, materials selection, and whole-life product performance evaluation.


17.30 – 17.35 – Introduction - Jonathan Buttery, RCEA Chair
17.35 – 18.20 – Presentation – Emmanuel Deschamps, Head of Environment & Sustainable Development (Network Rail Route Services)
18.20 – 19.00 – Questions
19.00 – Meeting Closed


Emanuel Deschamps

Head of Environment & Sustainable Development (Network Rail Route Services)

Emanuel Deschamps

Emmanuel joined Network Rail in 2013 on the Reading Station Area Redevelopment (RSAR) as Environment Specialist, coming from EDF when he was Environment Coordinator on a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station construction and commissioning project.

After having been an Environment Manager on The Greater West Programme before joining Network Rail Design Delivery in 2019, Emmanuel supports engineers to make early design decisions that minimise environmental risks and maximise opportunities throughout the projects lifecycle.

Emmanuel was recently appointed Head of Environment and Sustainable Development within Network Rail Route Services to lead and enable the organisation to deliver the most sustainable solutions to our customers and the communities we serve.

Emmanuel has over 10 years’ experience working on major infrastructure projects in construction and the rail industry, covering all aspects of environmental management including noise, ecology, waste and contaminated land.

He also drives the sustainability agenda, with an emphasis on biodiversity preservation, carbon reduction, resource efficiency and social value.

Emmanuel is Chartered and a full member of IEMA with an MSc in Environmental Diagnostics from Cranfield University and a French Engineering Degree in Biotechnologies from Polytech’Clermont-Ferrand.

He is the current Chair of the Rail Industry Carbon Management Working Group hosted by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). The primary purpose of this working group is to maintain and improve the Rail Carbon Tool.

Event venue

United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi

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