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.