Urban mobility plays an integral role in building sustainable cities and communities and in influencing the quality of people’s lives in cities. As one of the leaders in rail and urban transportation in India, Hitachi is bringing together its OT x IT driven solutions and integrated mobility portfolio comprising of smart mobility solutions including advanced driver assistance systems, Electric Vehicle (EV) solutions, and data-driven solutions to create a sustainable society that provides citizens safer, secure, comfortable, and environment-friendly journeys.
Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons1
Rail transport is considered to be one of the most environment-friendly and cost-effective modes of transport due to its minimal carbon footprint and resource optimization. According to Indian Railways, railways are about 12 times more efficient in freight traffic and 3 times more efficient in passenger traffic as compared to road transport2.
Through its integrated rail solutions, Hitachi Rail India is powering the digital and green transformation of railways and partnering with the Indian Railways to strengthen rail as the primary mode of transportation for the Indian masses. Our holistic rail solutions include:
Digital rail systems are proven to offer many social and environmental benefits in line with SDG goals:
Enhance passenger safety through robust train protection and real-time monitoring of trains
Energy savings through speed regulation, dynamic headways
Being one of the most ambitious and prestigious infrastructure projects in India, the Mumbai Metro Rail project requires a Train Control & Management System (TCMS) to offer operational benefits and enhance passenger comfort. Hitachi Rail’s TCMS is flexible and adaptable to developing requirements. It is responsible for monitoring the real-time status of all systems in the train, for ease of maintainability. Also, TCMS controls and commands all the systems in the train. Meanwhile, Hitachi’s propulsion system is energy efficient with an acceleration required for the train to achieve its daily target runs for the densely populated Mumbai region, making the Mumbai Metro, one of the faster transportation means in Mumbai with less energy consumption.
Railways is also one of the safest and environment-friendly modes for transporting freight. According to Indian Railways, they generate up to 80% less carbon dioxide and consume 75-90% less energy for freight traffic than road transport4. Currently, Railways’ occupies only 26-27 per cent share5 in overall freight traffic, while the majority of the freight is still carried through road transport which contributes to environmental pollution.
To create a cost-effective and sustainable freight transport system, Indian Railways aims to increase the modal share of Railways to 45% in freight traffic under its National Rail Plan (NRP) 20306. The ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) project by the Government of India will play a decisive role in putting the nation on a greener growth trajectory and in achieving Net Zero carbon emissions in the long run.
As per a report published by Niti Aayog, the DFC project is estimated to save 3 billion TOE (tons of oil equivalent) of energy, thus paving the way for eco-friendly transport.