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It is, perhaps, not surprising that a significant proportion of the FOCAL earth projects have an automotive industry implication at this time. This reflects the current scale of automotive logistics in Europe, estimated by the EU to represent up to 38.7% of all European logistics in 2005. The automotive industry has also been in the forefront of policies and programmes to identify their 'carbon footprints' and to be extremely public about its annual improvements and initiatives.

The European automotive industry, led by Ford Europe, Jaguar/Land Rover, Nissan and BMW, has been quick to evaluate and support FOCAL earth's innovative logistics initiatives and solid attempts to dismantle the physical and intellectual barriers to effective pan-European rail freight operation.

Toyota's global web-site evaluates rail freight transport as being more than 8 times more carbon emission efficient (per tonne/km) than road transport. 1 daily train journey can be the equivalent to 72 individual lorry movements, on an annual basis equivalent to over 21,500 lorry movements.

Scarce Carbon Fuels v Increasingly Renewable Energies of Rail:
Due to the past decades of investment in rail corridor Electrification Programmes, electricity has increasingly become the dominant power source used over major rail corridors. Over the next two decades, in many European countries, this power will be generated from 'renewable' sources, such as hydro, wave and wind technologies rather than scarce fossil fuels.