Alstom and partner companies, cities and countries, today assembled in Leipzig, Germany, for the official launch of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA), a coalition aiming to catalyse the accelerated decarbonisation of the transport sector. The event takes place as part of the International Transport Forum (ITF), running from May 23rd to 25th.
With transport emissions today accounting for 25% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, the TDA brings together leading countries, cities and companies into a “coalition of the willing” seeking to transform the global transport sector to achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. The TDA, which forms part of the 12 commitments made at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France in December 2017, will facilitate discussion on decarbonisation in the context of global, regional, national, local and corporate policy processes, while demonstrating that decarbonisation is technically feasible, economically attractive, and brings broad social and environmental benefits.
“Carbon neutrality in the mobility sector is achievable; all transportation systems need to be reinvented and transformed to rise to this challenge. With our partners in the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance we look forward to being at the forefront of this transition,” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman & CEO.
Alstom joins other founding member companies CEiiA, EDP, ITAIPU Binacional, Michelin, and PTV. TDA member countries are Costa Rica, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal, with member cities Curitiba (Brazil), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Lisbon (Portugal), and Porto-Gaia-Matosinhos Atlantic Front (Portugal).
Alstom has been engaged in the fight against climate change for several years through its sustainable innovations, its participation in the Conference of Parties (COP) events and its support for the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT) and the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC).
In order to help drive carbon neutrality in transportation, Alstom has defined its own strategy along three lines: placing energy-efficient electric solutions at the heart of its portfolio; enabling energy transition for sustainable mobility solutions; and decarbonising its operations.
As an example of its world-leading innovations, Alstom in 2016 presented the Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train. The regional train is completely emission-free and offers an unprecedented alternative to diesel trains for operation on non-electrified railway lines. Powered by a fuel cell in which hydrogen is converted into electrical energy, the Coradia iLint only emits steam and water. Alstom proposes the Coradia as part of a full system, including the trains their service, as well as the infrastructure necessary for fueling them. The train will enter regular service on the Cuxhaven-Bremervörde route in Lower Saxony, Germany, during 2018. Earlier this year, it won the GreenTec Award 2018 in the category Mobility by Schaeffler.