Ten years ago, in 2009 we launched our The Climate is Right for Trains initiative to reinforce the advantages of low-emission rail transport. Today, this declaration is truer than ever.
It’s no secret that the world is undergoing a period of dramatic change. Population is booming and it’s estimated that by 2050 the planet will be supporting 9.8 billion people. At the same time, demographic shifts mean that over half of them will be gravitating to urban spaces with projections showing that by 2030 there will be 43 global megacities of over ten million inhabitants each. This is all occurring in a context of dwindling resources and environmental uncertainty.
The good news is that Bombardier Transportation is ideally positioned to take a leading role in delivering holistic solutions to these global challenges.
But we aren’t stopping there. Now more than ever, the Climate is Right for Trains and we are committed to the constant development of even more eco-friendly mobility solutions that drive opportunity and prosperity while also moving the planet towards a more sustainable future for the next generation. It's what we do, and here is how we do it.
At Bombardier Transportation, we’re tackling these challenges head on. Our smart mobility solutions combine energy-conserving technology with optimal safety, reliability and cost efficiency. Pushing ever further, we focus on developing environmentally friendly products that stand the test of time by operating efficiently for decades to come.
The world's first hybrid train, the Autorail à Grande Capacité (AGC) was designed and built by innovative engineers at our Crespin site. Today we are helping France eliminate diesel power on its rail network by converting France's largest regional fleet eco-friendly battery propulsion.
Equipped with state-of-the-art features for carbon neutral, emission-free operation, the driverless INNOVIA monorail system is an efficient and cost-effective mass-transit solution specially designed for urban applications.
Our EBI Drive 50 technology helps vehicles drivers conserve energy by actively helping them optimize their driving. The system dynamically calculates track topography and vehicle performance and compares it with the train’s route and position.
The lightweight FLEXX Eco bogie’s reliability and operational success has been proven by its nearly 1,000 use cases worldwide.
Bombardier’s latest energy-saving propulsion technology enables more sustainable urban transit systems with lower energy consumption and noise levels.
Today all our eligible Bombardier sites are certified or in the process of obtaining their certification, by external parties according to the ISO 14001 Standard for Environmental Management. We have also recently completed an effort to bring our systems in line with the revised 2015 version of ISO 14001.
While our relative energy consumption remained stable, we met our five-year target having reduced our absolute energy consumption by 4 per cent. Our teams have been working hard to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and meet our five-year targets:
In 2018, we implemented the following energy saving practices in our facilities:
The majority of our direct energy consumption is driven by production and fluctuating heating or cooling demands. To reduce our impact, our efforts have focused on improving energy efficiency, including through LED lighting retrofits, compressor heat recovery systems and new inverter air conditioning units. In 2018, we also installed a new building control management system to regulate and optimize lighting, air conditioning and ventilation at our Morocco site. While our relative energy consumption remained stable, we met our five-year target having reduced our absolute energy consumption by four per cent.
We also achieved all our water consumption and waste generation targets. In 2018, we reduced our absolute water consumption by eight per cent when compared to 2013 – mainly due to the installation of new water meters and water leak repairs at our sites. We also reduced our absolute waste generation by five per cent compared to 2013. Notably, we successfully decreased hazardous waste by 26 per cent and exceeded our five-year target for waste valorization reaching an efficiency rate of 84 per cent in 2018.
Furthermore, we have successfully reduced our operations’ greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Our relative GHG emissions per-working hour has decreased by eight per cent and our absolute emissions have decreased by eleven per cent compared to 2013.
In addition to our energy efficiency projects, we benefited from renewable energy sources available at some of our sites. In 2018, more than 35 per cent of our energy requirements for electricity were supplied by renewable electricity sources. As we increased production in major growth programs in 2019, we have committed to a one-year target to sustain our 2018 results through this pivotal year.
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