Sustainability challenges in managing end-of-life rolling stocks

Sakdirat Kaewunruen, Cheul Kyu Lee

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Sustainability has become one of the grand engineering challenges for transportation infrastructure developments. This paper addresses one of the grand challenges in transportation and transit systems (Kaewunruen et al., 2016), particularly for sustainably managing end-of-life rolling stocks or so-called “trains,” which were the key outcomes derived from the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference ( The challenges and the roles of international standardization in order to substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse by 2030 were fully discussed with case studies evidenced from various countries around the world. The key point raised was that it is very critical to increase public awareness of the values of material recycling in order to enhance true sustainability and recyclability of rolling stocks.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10
JournalFrontiers in Built Environment
Early online date7 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

Kaewunruen S and Lee CK (2017) Sustainability Challenges in Managing End-of-Life Rolling Stocks. Front. Built Environ. 3:10. doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2017.00010


  • Sustainability
  • Asset Management
  • Recycling
  • Rolling stocks
  • End of Life
  • Service Life
  • Materials


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