Why can’t the 2024 Olympic Games be an opportunity for the Paris region to completely rethink the issue of mobility? That is the proposal of Mobility Nation, a working group launched by the Boston Consulting Group in which ENGIE took par. It has formulated 24 recommendations to reinvent mobility in Île-de-France (the Paris region), firstly by 2024 and then by 2030. This approach is in harmony with commitments taken by ENGIE to promote more efficient and more sustainable mobility.
For the Mobility Nation working group, the mobility of tomorrow will be based on both technological disruptions (connected, zero emission and autonomous mobility) and usage disruptions (on-demand, shared and multimodal mobility). To promote and accelerate these transformations, three major projects appear to be priorities.
According to Mobility Nation, the first of these tasks is that of removing non-technological barriers that have to be lifted to speed up the large-scale deployment of new forms of mobility. This mainly consists in modernizing existing infrastructure: road, telecoms and power networks, as well as liability and compensation regulations.
Another major challenge to be met is that of “multimodality”. The aim is to propose a wide variety of modes of transport and services (public transit as well as on-demand and shared mobility), and to enable users to transfer as seamlessly as possible from one mode to another, in a spirit of integration and intermodal operations.
Finally, the third area of work concerns governance. The Paris region should be given a unified organization able to coordinate decisions at the scale of the urban area and to encourage the various players – large groups, start-ups, research institutes and public authorities – to share expertise.
The vision advocated by Mobility Nation ties in with policies developed by ENGIE, which is contributing throughout the world to improving urban mobility, chiefly through the “Better Mobility TODAY” program.
One of the goals of this program is to encourage the development of alternative fuels to gasoline, for the sake of achieving cleaner mobility. In this context, ENGIE markets a range of Natural Gas for Vehicles through a network of 140 filling stations in France. ENGIE is also exploring the possibilities of hydrogen, with the first hydrogen-powered bus line soon to enter service in the city of Pau. Electricity is another alternative fuel: Rotterdam is to set up a partnership with ENGIE for the installation of 3,000 charging stations for electric vehicles.
ENGIE is also helping to create more free-flowing mobility by combating urban congestion and optimizing services for passengers. It has equipped Rio de Janeiro with a panoply of tools – including cameras, radars and radio links – are is used to direct urban traffic and decongest some of the busiest roads. In Edinburgh, the Group has developed applications that relay real-time information enabling travelers to optimize their journeys.