With the growth of urbanization by 2050, we will have 2.4 billion new inhabitants and 2/3 of us with live in the city, automobile transport will almost double (an increase of 185%) and passenger kilometers almost 1.5 times higher (140%). The consequences are already alarming today, on multiple levels – economic (urban congestion costs Americans more than $160 billion and congestion due to freight traffic costs Europeans 1% of GDP), human (3 million people die worldwide each year because of atmospheric pollution and 1.25 million people die in road accidents), social (26% of under-30s in France say they have had to reject a job because of travel or transportation difficulties) and environmental (23% of CO2 emissions are caused by transport and 60% of petroleum products are used by transport).
The massive urbanization of the world calls for rethinking the development of territories, in order to make it more harmonious with the essential activities of our daily lives, respecting existing resources. It is necessary to provide access to mobility for all because it is essential for our growth, allowing us access to health, training and employment as well as cultural and leisure activities. We need to provide solutions to adapt to the real needs of territories and respect their identities, while encouraging frugal energy consumption :
Today, new technologies are increasing the range of possibilities, with new forms of mobility such as on-demand services (e.g. Uber), home-work carpooling (e.g. WayzUp), car sharing (e.g. Citiz), self-service vehicle renting (e.g. Cityscoot), micro public-transit (e.g. Uberpool), instant delivery platforms (e.g. Stuart) and multi-modal planners (e.g. Citymapper). For these new mobility services, the challenge now is to increase the mobility offer in peri-urban areas, to supplement regular mass transit services.
As leader of the energy revolution, ENGIE is positioned as a key player in mobility and transport, offering an extensive range of cleaner mobility solutions that are transforming the use of energy. Alternative fuels, smart electric vehicle charging stations, hydrogen filling stations, smart traffic and parking management, and digital information systems in public transit networks are all solutions that will allow people to live in places where the air is more breathable, the streets are less noisy, traffic flows and travel is simplified.
ENGIE is committed to making mobility:
In 2016, ENGIE decided to implement a geographical organization that will enable the Group to propose offers that are as close as possible to its customers’ expectations.
As a result, the projects that have taken shape in different parts of the world vary greatly, contributing to the transformation of the ENGIE Group in its effort to promote energy transition:
You can find out more about our solutions for making mobility more fluid, clean and economical… or how ENGIE is working today to build the city of tomorrow in a series of articles and interviews in our special dossier on mobility.