• The green container continues its journey through the Iberian Peninsula, this time with the message in Portuguese “Mercadorias na Ferrovia”.
  • The first stop in Portugal was the Portugal Smart Cities Summit 2022, where it was presented by Transfesa Logistics and Medway.
  • The campaign has now reached 4 countries: Germany, United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.

The Portugal Smart Cities Summit 2022 was the first stop for the Freight belongs on the rail campaign in its Portuguese adaptation. Under the slogan “Mercadorias na Ferrovia” the itinerant European initiative continues to tour the Iberian Peninsula with the support of Transfesa Logistics and Medway.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness among public institutions, the business sector and society in general about the importance of reducing carbon emissions in the transport sector.

The sustainability campaign was present at the Smart Cities Summit in Portugal on 11, 12 and 13 October. The event is a moment of reflection on the future of the organisation of cities in the world. Attendees were able to visit the inside of its flagship freight container and learn about the advantages of transporting goods by rail through an exhibition. A short film on the importance of rail in the ecological transition was also shown.

Compared to road transport in Portugal, 70% of CO2 emissions would be saved if we choose rail transport. Currently, 19 trucks are needed to transport the same load carried by only 1 train, and only one electric locomotive emits 5.00 kg CO2/km and 19 trucks emit 20.37 kg CO2/km.

For her part, Idoia Galindo, highlighted that, although the figures are better in Portugal, with a 14.2% rail freight transport rate compared to less than 4% in Spain, they are still low and both countries face a huge challenge in this regard. And she reminded us of the impressive scope for improvement that exists.

“For MEDWAY, its partnership with the “Mercadorias na Ferrovia” Campaign was clear from the beginning, because we want to contribute, as a logistics and rail operator, to a more sustainable mobility and future”, said Carlos Vasconcelos.