To ease traffic congestion, improve air quality and optimize transport networks, ENGIE is committed to promoting green mobility. Better Mobility Today is a program consisting of a number of actions throughout the world through which ENGIE is making our cities smarter and more eco-responsible.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are no longer at the project stage; they are a reality. This is why ENGIE announced in March 2017 that it had acquired EV-Box, a company that is the European leader in electric vehicle charging solutions. This will mean that the Group will manage and develop more than 40,000 charging stations in 20 countries.
A fossil fuel offering much less polluting combustion than coal and oil, natural gas provides another alternative for mobility, particularly for heavy trucks. In 2016, ENGIE a announced plans to invest approximately €100 million by 2020 in the installation of 70 liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations in Europe and 30 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in France. ENGIE is also increasingly developing hydrogen-based mobility.
The aim is to promote these options as reliable alternatives for road freight throughout Europe. 95% of heavy trucks today run on petroleum products and they are responsible for around 60% of NOx emissions in France.
To improve air quality, cities are increasingly relying on efficient and clean mass transit networks. ENGIE is supporting them in this energy transition by working closely with them. This is the case, for example, in Dijon, France, where ENGIE has helped the municipal transport authority develop a network of 20 kilometers of tramlines running on green energy.
Encouraging the use of mass transit systems also entails providing users with optimal conditions of comfort. In Edinburgh, Scotland, ENGIE has designed an information system telling residents in real time exactly how long they will have to wait for the next bus to arrive.
In Paris, meanwhile, ENGIE has joined forces with RATP to develop buses running 100% on biogas and provide dedicated refueling centers. This is a proposal that looks to the future: by 2025, 20% of the buses will use biomethane as a fuel.
Freight transport is an essential lever in the energy transition, for both the decongestion of the roads and the decarbonization of road traffic. With this in mind, ENGIE has developed a number of filling stations for LNG and CNG in proximity to the Rungis International Market, near Paris.
Another successful initiative has been the Connect 2 LNG consortium, set up by ENGIE in 2015. This is a project that brings together several players in the private sector who are all committed to extending the European LNG refueling network. ENGIE is contributing a range of solutions for the design, installation and maintenance of LNG stations. As things stand, LNG offers trucks a range of 1,000 km. This is why ENGIE is committed to developing a network of CNG/LNG filling stations over the next five years.