Developing green mobility in cities

Encouraging the spread of green fuels

To help clean up the air of large cities and limit greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner fuels – electricity, natural gas and hydrogen – are an alternative to gasoline. These fuels offer greener and more economical solutions for travel while improving comfort for users.

The city of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, has asked ENGIE and EV-Box to install and maintain charging stations for electric vehicles. 1,800 of these will be operational between 2016 and 2020. In Paris, the Group is working alongside RATP on developing buses exclusively powered by bio-methane and bio-NGV. The city of Dijon has also called on ENGIE to provide its inhabitants with 33 trams powered by renewable energy.

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Facilitating urban logistics

Passenger and goods transportation is an energy-intensive sector that is responsible for emitting a high volume of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In France, goods transport has grown by 30% since 1990, boosted in particular by the development of e-commerce. Approximately 90% of journeys are by road, so intelligent design of logistics systems coupled with the choice of the most suitable fuels can optimize journeys and reduce polluting emissions.

At Rungis international market, from where 234 hectares of fresh produce is dispatched to its destination in France and other countries for sale or transformation, ENGIE has opened its first public filling station for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The installation can be accessed 24/7, enabling distribution and transport operators, mostly heavy trucks, to re-think their logistics models.

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Optimizing the urban transport network and passenger services

Improving the flow of urban traffic

The economic and environmental costs of urban congestion are constantly rising. In Europe, their cost is estimated at €100 billion, while in the United States they account for around 11 billion liters of gasoline.The optimization of urban road infrastructure, the connection of road system to communication technologies and the reduced use of individual vehicles will all contribute to decongesting our cities.

ENGIE plays an active part in combating urban congestion in Brazil. In the country’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, it equips the entire metropolitan area with cameras, radars, radio links and control systems for the traffic signals and street lighting. This set of solutions, known under the collective name of Maestro, helps direct the road traffic. In Niterói, meanwhile, the Group has installed data capture and transmission solutions that combine with smart cameras to allow the automated management of ten zones with intense traffic.

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Improving public transit infrastructure

Optimizing the use of existing infrastructure with simple solutions adapted to meet changing needs is of particular importance when both natural and budgetary resources are limited. Smart management of transport networks and greater use of transit systems can reduce the cost and environmental impact of journeys.

In Edinburgh, Scotland, ENGIE transmits real-time information on the state of traffic, journey time and the waiting time for the next bus to passengers on its mobile apps, Take Me Home and Mybustracker (which has been downloaded no fewer than 25,000 times to date!). In Brussels, Belgium, the Group is contributing to efforts to progressively replace cars – used by one inhabitant in two on a daily basis – by easier access to rail and smart infrastructure that optimizes journeys on public transit systems.

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