japan 2016

Gizem ve Ethem

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-19-51-262016 Summer, our destination was Japan. We spent 3 weeks in this magnificent country. Started and ended in Tokyo, the megapol always surprised us. JR passes were on hour hands to travel high-speed in the country. Our itineary included: Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Osaka – Koyasan – Kyoto – Kinosakionsen. Japan requires special blog posts: food, temples, people, transportation, etc. Here I leave you with our 9:24 minute photo slideshow.


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publications 2015

A year is almost over and my experience with the new job is growing.

Among other things, I have contributed to two articles this year that you may access online. One article on the current sustainability goals for the EU and another one on an important externality rail noise.

Transport poses two major sustainability challenges: greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and dependence on imported oil. Railway transportation has very favourable characteristics on both counts, making modal shift in favour of rail a naturally attractive policy goal.


Railways have an almost negligible impact on climate and environment compared to other modes of transport. The only remaining environmental challenge for the European rail sector is noise – a side effect of railway operation. For European Railway Review, Libor Lochman, Executive Director of The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and colleagues Ethem Pekin (Environment Economist) and Enno Wiebe (Senior Advisor for ERA and Research-Related Issues), explain that the sector has a long history of noise mitigation and is committed to continuing to make progress based on cost-effective solutions.

Both were published at the European Railway Review.