Bruno Lapeyrie, Director of Energy Transition – Bus at Keolis Group, discusses the range of alternative power solutions that the operator has implemented on 5,000 of its buses – representing almost a quarter of its total 23,000-strong bus fleet – and highlights the importance of making this shift away from diesel-powered vehicles.
Seventy per cent of the population in 14 countries believe that climate change is the most serious threat to our future. This uncomfortable truth, uncovered in a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, points to ever-growing public concern about the climate that companies can no longer afford to ignore. That’s why companies like Keolis are exploring new ways to reduce the environmental impacts of their activities.
But time is running out. To meet the 1.5°C target, public transport use in cities will have to double by 2030″
Amidst growing public awareness of environmental issues, the international community has officially recognised the need to keep global warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing its efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. But time is running out. To meet the 1.5°C target, public transport use in cities will have to double by 2030, according to a joint statement released by C40 Cities and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) during the 2021 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.
As urbanisation intensifies, with 70 per cent of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050 (according to the UN), Keolis knows that public transport – otherwise known as mass transit – must, more than ever, serve as the backbone of urban mobility.
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