This article was originally posted by Cécile Texier, VP Corporate Sustainability, Alstom on LinkedIn.
With the average earth temperature already about 1°C higher than in the 1960's and the first consequences clearly observable, climate change is not any more an assumption but a reality.
Despite the joint efforts from governments, companies and citizens, CO2 emissions have not significantly decreased in many countries. Today, the transport sector alone represents 25% of worldwide emissions. Reinforced concerns on air quality have also led authorities to take concrete steps to trigger energy transition in transport.
There are positive signs. More than 50% of cars sold in Norway today are electric. Soft and alternative transport modes are developing in cities. Citizens feel more and more concerned about their own impact when travelling and chose low carbon options or limit air travel when possible. However, a lot still remains to be done.
Over the years, we have raised the focus on eco-design in railway systems. We were first in the industry to announce a global target and systematically track the energy consumption in our solutions (17% reduction in average between 2014 and 2019). And we have put some unique solutions on the market such as our hydrogen regional train or SRS, our inovative static ground-based charging system in order to develop our low emissions portfolio.
In a few years' time, we have positioned ourselves as a key player in the sustainable mobility arena.
Today we respond to the urgency of the situation, as well as to the growing expectations of our customers with a renewed commitment to innovation in greener mobility solutions. Our newly launched strategic plan Alstom in Motion sets the path for our continued leadership in this area.
We will continue to innovate for a complete portfolio of green traction solutions as an alternative to diesel, accelerate the deployment of Aptis, our e-bus solution and develop complete systems for electrical road mobility. We are committed to strengthen our portfolio of eco-designed solutions and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.
Among the environmental objectives we are targeting for 2025: