The railway is a key element in the race towards more environmentally friendly mobility, one of the main challenges facing the transport sector. Beyond the initiatives carried out by institutions and official bodies to achieve emission-free transport, other concepts come into play such as the Circular Economy, one of the pillars of the economic and environmental policy of the European Union and which is committed to a more sustainable production and consumption model.
In Spain, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) launched in June 2020 the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy ‘Spain 2030’ (EEEC), which aims to promote a new model of production and consumption in which resources are kept in the economy for as long as possible.
And the railway also plays its part in this paradigm shift. Not in vain, the railway sector is present in different sections of the First Action Plan within the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy, thanks to the collaboration of the Railway Infrastructure Manager who contributed 6 different initiatives within the different axes that make up the strategy.
We talk about all of them in detail in the current issue of Mafex magazine, where we also review the 30 years of high speed in Spain, a milestone that marked a before and after in our country in terms of railway infrastructure and mobility. That first Madrid-Seville line, inaugurated on 21st April 1992, was the largest railway engineering work carried out in Spain until now and marked the beginning of a high-speed network that, currently, reaches 3,728 kilometres in length that place us at the head of high speed in Europe and in the second position worldwide, only behind China.
Beyond the revolution in passenger transport, high speed was another major milestone. This is because it placed Spain on the international scene and meant a transformation at a technological and industrial level. Undoubtedly, it was a great revulsive for the Spanish railway industry, which today is a world reference and has imported its know-how to countries around the world in terms of infrastructure, innovation and sustainability.
All these topics are analysed in issue 31 of the magazine Mafex, which also includes current news from more than 35 members. We also offer a summary of what was our recently held General Assembly, where a renewal of its Management Committee for the next four years took place, the number of members was expanded, and it informed of an intense action plan for 2022. Among these action plans it is worth noting the Spanish grouped coordination of more than 60 companies at the InnoTrans and the new edition of 2022 of Rail Live! The reference event of the sector in Spain and with a marked international character that we co-organise in Málaga from 29th November 29 to 1st December.
Sustainability travels on rails, with a promising future for a mobility model where there is full confidence in the railway.