|GP: Energy saving on tramline in Craiova - Romania|
While we all enjoy cars, trains, and planes, it is now time to think how we can reduce their impacts on the environment, on people´s health and on the safety of our planet. Under the motto “Save ourselves by energy savings”, the city of Craiova will contribute to the debate by implementing actions that will reduce energy consumptions
"Craiova is one of most beautiful cities, is the city of our hearts! Here we remember that we survived at all it was worse in time, we are happy here; here we complain and here we plan together the future." (Antonie SOLOMON, Mayor of Craiova)
Objectives / Innovative Aspects
The transport on the main east-west axis of Craiova is made up of 26 old trams, with electric system conception and infrastructure that date back to 1985. For this reason, the electric transport of Craiova needs to be improved and renovated. More importantly, exploitation costs should be reduced, while increasing at the same time safety and comfort of passengers.
The evolution of technology based on energy consumption has followed a spectacular route but every step has brought negative effects that have accumulated in time and that have become visible for the majority of policy makers only in the last two decades.
The city of Craiova is committed to reduce its transport emissions by cutting energy consumption levels on its tramlines. The public transport with trams is more and more encouraged since the tram system has a great passenger transport capacity; it doesn´t suffer from traffic congestion, and in addition is not a direct source of environmental pollution in urban areas.
Currently, the city of Craiova has 36 tramways and 36 km of tram tracks. Of these, 27 are operational and ensure the transport of passengers between the east and the west of the city. The other 9 have not been used any longer, since they have high electrical consumption. Craiova will replace them with a system of electronic action (chopper), so that they could be used again with low power consumption.