A report published by International Association of Public Transports (UITP) provides a guideline on combatting climate change and lowering energy costs in public transport.
Recently UITP released a report titled “The road to sustainability: Transition to renewable energy in public transport” outlining how public transport can achieve a successful energy transition towards its decarbonisation goals. The report highlights and incorporates global examples of what is currently taking place in the sector.
For the sector to achieve this transformation and meet its decarbonisation objectives, it must invest both in new green fleets to ensure that they have access to green and renewable sources of energy. The Report covers energy use in today’s public transport; decarbonisation of mobility and the role of public transport, the challenges and perspectives on differing energy markets segments to the schemes available and setting up the energy transition and assessing the impacts.
According to the Head of CSR – Sustainability at FNM S.P.A & Chair of UITP’s Sustainable Development Committee “This report gathers a year’s worth of work between the UITP Sustainable Development Committee and other UITP members who kindly contributed to our working group. Over the course of 2022, the energy topic grew in importance for many, and I believe the hard work all our contributors put in this report should support the sector in facing the energy and climate crisis,” says Elisabetta Tromellini.
The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) works to enhance quality of life and economic well-being by supporting and promoting sustainable transport in urban areas worldwide. As a champion of sustainable urban mobility, UITP is internationally recognised for its work to advance the development of this critical policy agenda. Through its latest survey the UITP Sustainable Development Committee finds decarbonising public transport and increasing its modal share is the fastest and most cost-efficient way to achieve decarbonised operations across its organisation.
According to Arthur Cormier, Sustainable Development & Design and Culture Committees Manager, “The energy supply for existing fleets and other public transport assets must not be ignored by any public transport stakeholders in striving for CO2 benefits.
As energy costs account for roughly 30% to 50% of the total public transport budget, transitioning to owned sustainable energy supplies or cooperating with energy providers and local stakeholders can save a lot of money throughout the transition.
“Renewable energy supplies will differ from one context to another which is why it is important to understand the legal context and local energy markets before engaging important investments in infrastructures or fleet renewals. Working in cooperation with an energy provider/developers, municipalities and other energy consumers is key to a successful deployment of new renewable electricity assets and a supply of renewable fuels,” says Cormier.
In summary the report covers:
- Energy use in today’s public transport
- Decarbonisation of mobility and the role of public transport
- The challenges and perspectives on differing energy markets segments to the schemes available
- Setting up the energy transition and assessing the impacts
Cormier also emphasises on the importance the transition in public transport operations for citizens, users and cities in addition to decarbonisation benefits.
“Emphasising this can be key to finance the energy transition, get public approbation and, ultimately, improve the image and strengthen the benefits of public transport within our societies,” continues Cormier.
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