In the days before recycling drives, air quality indexes, and climate actions, people had more immediate concerns, like ‘How can rural Canadians cross snow-covered roads in the middle of winter?’
Today, we have a new challenge. This time, we are facing global climate change occurring in the context of a growing population and mass urban migration. But our founder left us a guide, we’ve inherited his spirit to innovate and an ability to create practical solutions.
Joseph Armand Bombardier's passion for creating mobility innovations was driven by tragic loss. Sadly, one of Joseph-Armand's beloved children fell sick and died when a harsh Canadian winter blizzard kept the family from receiving much-needed medical attention. But this experience was a catalyst for change and, already tinkering with mobility prototypes as a hobby, Joseph-Armand began our journey by developing the world's first seven-passenger B7 snowmobile.
Joseph Armand’s work earned him a unique honour. In 1964, the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee named an Antarctic glacier in Graham's Land after our founder.
Located at the following coordinates: 64°19′00″S 59°59′00″W, the is a daily reminder of our obligation to continue our founder’s work by developing innovative solutions that enable humans to coexist in balance with the planet we call home.
In 1964 Joseph Armand sadly passed away and a few years later, his son-in-law, Laurent Beaudoin took over leadership of the company and began preparing it for a larger global role.
Coincidentally, as the global oil crisis of the 1970s struck, Bombardier was already making its first forays into new sustainable transport solutions with its acquisition of Lohnerwerke in Austria in 1970. Our first contract came a few years later in 1974 when we signed a contract to begin building vehicles for Montréal’s subway.
During the 2000s, we launched our The Climate is Right for Trains initiative to emphasize the benefits of low-emission rail transport. Under this sustainability effort, we developed the innovative , a mixture of products, solutions and technologies that boost energy efficiency while improving overall train performance. Fully customizable to any fleet, the ECO4 solution could provide operators with up to 50 per cent in overall energy savings.
In the new decade, we are continuing our drve by developing and delivering sustainable mobility solutions that directly address global megatrends and respond to the environmental challenges of our generation.
The AGC Autorail Grande Capacité
In 2007 our first Autorail Grande Capacité (AGC) train for French National Railways (SNCF) entered passenger service. The world's first dual-mode and dual-voltage AGC train provided operators with a new sustainable mobility solution. These hybrid trains, able to capture electric power from any accessible outlet, helped French rail operator SNCF reduce CO2 emissions and cut the energy required for its regional service.
The INNNOVIA monorail 300
Another key innovation and sustainability milestone was the introduction of the third generation of our INNOVIA driverless systems. These included state-of-the-art people mover systems, monorails and automated metros. New products such as the efficient INNOVIA monorail system offerred operators tools like a lighter carbody, magnet motors, automated operation, and a slim guideway that required minimal land use.
The ZEFIRO Express train
Our is another of our latest modern and sustainabity-focused mobility solutions. This high-speed train seats 800 passengers comfortably and is the ideal transportation solution for intercity routes. It also offers best-in-class energy performance and can be equipped with MITRAC traction batteries, making it a great substitute to diesel-fueled trains.
The TALENT 3 battery-powered EMU
Perhaps our most impressive sustainability innovation has been our new TALENT 3 battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) train. Our flagship project to offer new transport solutions that address modern environmental challenges, the BEMU project has enabled us to set the standard for future sustainable mobility. It also consumes 35 per cent less energy compared to diesel-powered multiple units.
We recognize the important responsibility we have to minimize the impact our products and operations have on the environment.
That’s why we are reducing our environmental footprint and improving how we use our resources to increase our efficiency and do our part to protect the environment. In 2003, we became the first rail manufacturer to sign the.
Today all our eligible sites are certified or in the process of obtaining their certification by external parties according to the ISO 14001 Standard for Environmental Management. We've also successfully completed the adaptation of our systems to the revised 2015 version of ISO 14001.