EVE: Road transport and environment, a new impetus

Road transport occupies an important place in New Aquitaine. In 2018, goods transported by road represent 10,595 million tonnes-kilometres, within the region itself, without leaving (1). These INSEE figures make it possible to make a first observation: transport within the region is short, and limits the number of kilometres travelled. Carriers are known for travelling very large distances, sometimes across several countries. With the awareness related to the environment and ecology, France wants to change things in sectors known to be polluting.

The environment at the heart of regional and national concerns

For some years now, France and its various regions have been turning to strong ecological commitments. Polluting less, using greener solutions are among the short-, medium- and long-term programs presented to businesses and people. One of the first commitments is to be able to significantly reduce the emission of Greenhouse Gas (GHG). For example, they find themselves in real estate, an area in which Bordeaux is developing considerably. Indeed, by building new neighbourhoods, the city seeks to set up less energy-intensive buildings. It favours solar energy, as in the Euratlantic district where the buildings are mainly made of floor-to-ceiling windows. They let the sun through and reduce the consumption of electricity or heating. Wood-based construction also reduces polluting materials, and turns to more natural processes. It is one of the key sectors of the Bordeaux economy.

Transport is also very important in the regional economy. That’s why ADEME, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and professional organizations in the sector have set up EVE. The Voluntary Commitments for the Environment Programme aims to support the logistics and transport sector in a greener dynamic. It collects data from companies, and crosses it. It is then able to provide solutions to reduce the emission of GHGs and air pollutants throughout the activity process. It is a platform accessible to all, and free. It also allows carriers to anonymously view their competitors’ data to find out where they are positioning themselves. This allows them to see the progress made, and to feel valued in their efforts.

Energy and ecological transition, transport, the Bordeaux example

Bordeaux has been part of an energy and ecological transition approach for a few years now. With several actions of all sizes, the first results are felt. The city has a dense public transport network to limit private vehicle travel. This not only relieves congestion on the city’s main thoroughfares, but also reduces air pollution. At the same time, public transport is also being improved. Trams run on electricity, and buses are gradually starting to follow this path. The main lines through the city are now provided by electric buses. This initiative may well be gradually extended to the entire network. Self-service electric cars, the Blue Cubs, allow you to move freely without polluting, and at a lower cost.

Mobility, construction, logistics and transport are all sectors that are known to be polluters. Companies are working to limit their environmental footprint, and are looking to greener, future solutions. In Bordeaux, there are many initiatives to make a gesture in favour of the environment. Putting a hive on its roof, for example, preserves trees and the ecosystem in the city. Good deeds, put end to end, that can make the difference …

Sources:

INSEE – 6 June 2019 – “Transport, a generally positive balance sheet”

Bordeaux: A Bolloré electric bus test transbus.org

Press release – EVE

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