About us

About us

The initiative

Europe on Rail is a European initiative led by Civil Society Organizations to reduce carbon emissions from international mobility by promoting night and day passenger trains betweenEuropean cities and countries. Through our research work – see our publications – and by bringing together actors of the railway sector (business, workers and consumers associations ; companies ; policy makers and think-tanks), we aim to foster ambitious policies for a train revival in Europe.

Founding members


Germany | Project Lead

Germanwatch is an independent development and environmental organisation which has been lobbying for sustainable global development since 1991. It actively promotes North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods. In doing so, it focuses on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences.


Poland | Project partner

The Civil Affairs Institute is a “think-action-thank” which for 16 years has been conducting social campaigns devoted to civic advocacy, environment and social mobilisation. Since 2004, the Institute has also conducted campaigns related to sustainable transport. Since 2010 the Institute has been conducting projects related to railways.


Romania | Project partner

2Celsius enjoys seven years of experience of working in clean transports advocacy. In 2014 the organisation became Transport & Environment’s mouthpiece in Romania. 2Celsius focusses on emissions reduction in the transport sector, covering cars, biofuels, electrification (rail and road), and truck standards.


Germany | Project Lead

Germanwatch is an independent development and environmental organisation which has been lobbying for sustainable global development since 1991. It actively promotes North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods. In doing so, it focuses on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences.


Poland | Project partner

The Civil Affairs Institute is a “think-action-thank” which for 16 years has been conducting social campaigns devoted to civic advocacy,
environment and social mobilisation. Since 2004, the Institute has also conducted campaigns related to sustainable transport. Since 2010 the Institute has been conducting projects related to railways.


Romania | Project partner

2Celsius enjoys seven years of experience of working in clean transports advocacy. In 2014 the organisation became Transport & Environment’s mouthpiece in Romania. 2Celsius focusses on emissions reduction in the transport sector, covering cars, biofuels, electrification (rail and road), and truck standards.


Spain | Project partner

eco-union has been working on international and national transport and mobility in the past five years. Among other projects, eco-union has been organizing multi-stakeholder events, workshops and conferences on Low-carbon mobility in cities and regions (Climate & Med eco Forum). The organisation is also working on a global initiative around world marine regions focusing on international tourism mobility.


France | Project partner


Réseau Action Climat – France is an association under the French law of 1901 founded in 1996 and focused on climate change. It is the French representative of Climate Action Network International (CAN-I), a global network of more than 1,100 NGOs around the world. A federation of national and local associations, it fights the causes of climate change, from the local to the international level, and aims to encourage governments and citizens to take action to limit the impact of human activities on the climate.


Spain | Project partner

eco-union has been working on international and national transport and mobility in the past five years. Among other projects, eco-union has been organizing multi-stakeholder events, workshops and conferences on Low-carbon mobility in cities and regions (Climate & Med eco Forum). The organisation is also working on a global initiative around world marine regions focusing on international tourism mobility.


France | Project partner


Réseau Action Climat – France is an association under the French law of 1901 founded in 1996 and focused on climate change. It is the French representative of Climate Action Network International (CAN-I), a global network of more than 1,100 NGOs around the world. A federation of national and local associations, it fights the causes of climate change, from the local to the international level, and aims to encourage governments and citizens to take action to limit the impact of human activities on the climate.

The funder


The project is co-financed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which has been commissioned by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) with the implementation of the EUKI funding programme.

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