as part of the European Year of Railway, Lodzkie region organizes a stakeholder event, in collaboration with the following Interreg Europe projects: 

  • DeCarb: 'Supporting the clean energy transition of coal-intensive EU regions'
  • LCA4Regions: 'Improved Environment and Resource Efficiency through use of Life Cycle Instruments for implementation of regional policies of the European Union'
  • REPLACE: 'REgional PoLicy Actions for Circular Economy'

Rail is the most reliable, sustainable and low-emission means of transport, it also has a great potential for innovation for SMEs, R&D units and start-ups. The scale and scope of the railway sector present good opportunities for strengthening the pro-market and pro-environmental advantages, especially through the development of transport accessibility in Lodzkie and central Poland.

The stakeholder seminar, organized by the Lodzkie Region in cooperation with the Lodz Agglomeration Railway and the above-listed projects,  has the goal of discussing and unravelling the potential of the railway in the region, in connection with energy transition, reduction of harmful emissions, applications for the LCA methodology and possible developments in the field of circular economy.

After the meeting, a study visit will take place: a ride and sightseeing tour of the innovative Technical Base of the Łódź Agglomeration Railway (ŁKA) in Widzew (after the seminar, departure from Łódź Fabryczna at approx. 12.30 p.m., return at approx. 3 p.m.).


10.00 - 10.10Introduction
10.10 - 10.40RES, hydrogen energy and energy storage as fundamental factors of energy transformation of green rail transport - panel discussion
10.40 - 10.55Counteracting transport exclusion thanks to long-term contracts between local governments and railway companies - presentation of an example of local government
10.55 - 11.25panel discussion: Innovative technological solutions and social challenges on the example of good practices implemented in Poland and Europe in the field of railway
11.25 - 11.45Towards a low-carbon economy on a regional leve
11.45 - 12.00Question and answer session
12.30 - 15.00Study visit: the innovative Technical Base of the Łódź Agglomeration Railwa