COP21: Alstom is committed to reducing transport’s carbon footprint

The annual Conference of Parties COP21  - United Nations Conference on Climate Change - took place in Le Bourget, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015. A unique occasion for Alstom to reaffirm its commitments towards sustainable development.

Alstom participated in events around COP21. Find out more about these events and Alstom’s commitments on this page.

  • On 28 November, Alstom management participated in the “Train to Paris” campaign, co-ordinated by UIC . The trains brought delegates including national governments, NGOs, decision-makers and journalists from across Europe by train to Paris for COP21. The objective is to promote freight and passenger rail as a sustainable, low-carbon solution to climate change.
  • On 6 December, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom’s Executive Vice President, took part as a speaker in a plenary session at the Transport Day organized by UIC.
  • Finally, on 7 December, a debate was organized by Fer de France  in Le Bourget, featuring Henri Poupart-Lafarge, as well as Spanish Transport Secretary of State, Julio Gomez Pomar and Keolis President, Jean-Pierre Farandou. The theme of this debate will be: “Sustainable mobility by 2030: which model for railway transport?”


We've joined the Paris pledge for action Alstom has joined the Paris Pledge for Action to support the global call from regions, cities & businesses for a credible, coherent and unmistakable signal that the Paris Agreement will be implemented and commitments met, or even better, exceeded.

We urge other businesses to also call for action and join the Paris Pledge for Action


Alstom welcomes the Paris Agreement as a major step forward in the international fight against climate change. The agreement reflects the strong willingness from all UN countries to address the issue seriously. The COP21 process has allowed a high-ambition vision to emerge with the objective of keeping global warming well below +2°C and reaching a balance between emission sources and sinks before end of the century.

As for transport, the Lima Paris Action Agenda process and the numerous events - including the dedicated Transport Day - have given a visibility to the sector that it had never had in the past. Transport is now recognized  as a sector which contributes significantly to worldwide emissions and which offers a great potential to curb them. 

15 initiatives from the sector have been presented,  amongst which are:

  • the UIC ‘Low carbon rail transport challenge’, 
  • the UITP initiative to double public transport, 
  • the ‘Mobilize your city’ program promoting sustainable transport urban planning for cities 

Along with many others that could actually lead to reducing significantly the CO2 emissions from transport.

For Alstom, key challenges for the future include: 

  • Further integration of transport targets and action roadmaps in the Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions (INDCs): about 70% of them already identify transport as a mitigation source
  • Financing Sustainable Transport projects: energy and GHG are major drivers for sustainable transport projects, but true sustainable transport projects also bring benefits in terms of air quality, reduction of congestion, local growth, safety…
  • Adaptation of transport systems: resilience to climate change must be taken into account in the design of new infrastructure whilst existing systems must be assessed and adapted.

Alstom is committed to contributing to global CO2 emissions reduction through the development of ever more energy efficient transport systems and through the reduction in energy intensity of its own operations.

Alstom also sees positively the follow-up of the LPAA  process and its continuation through high-level events. As a member of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), Alstom will continue to promote Sustainable Transport and contribute to its field of activities.