South Korea, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, will discontinue all diesel-fueled passenger trains from 2029.
KTX-Eums, which means "connection" in Korean language, reaches 300 km / h compared to normal KTX trains reaching 260 km / h and is operated by Korea Train eXpress (KTX), a high-speed train service operated by Korail. South Korea. emits about 70% of the emissions generated by standard diesel trains. It is stated that trains, which are considered to be quite efficient even in this state, will cause 70 thousand tons less greenhouse gas emissions annually.
As a result of the change that came to the fore with the statement of the country's President Moon Jae-in on January 4, carbon emissions from train travel will decrease by up to 30%. Diesel trains will be replaced by a newly developed high-speed train called the KTX-Eum.
Speaking about the new trains, President Jae-in said, “We will be doing environmentally friendly rail transport across the country by 2029. The contribution of KTX-Eum to our country by reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be equivalent to planting 10 million pine trees. “He took his words.
Hyundai Rotem Co. It is expected that the rate of high-speed train services in the country will reach 2024% by 52 with the trains to be produced by According to official sources, this rate is currently 29%. The Korean government plans to invest $ 64,7 billion (about 474 billion lira) in railways for development.