AusRAIL, Rollingstock & Manufacturing, Sustainability

Driving the greener, smarter message


With the tagline of mobility by nature, transport specialist Alstom says it is leading the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide.

Visitors to the Alstom stand at AusRAIL PLUS could not help but have their attention drawn to the company’s focus on sustainability.

Speaking at the conference, Alstom commercial director Todd Garvey said the commitment to sustainable transportation and a sustainable industry was clear.

“We’re now taking it to the next level where we’re really moving towards the decarbonisation of rail and across that whole approach,” he said.

“Our entire portfolio has a role to play in that decarbonisation, and we are increasing the efficiency of existing equipment so, for example, we get 20 per cent more efficiency on new traction, motors or otherwise, which will reduce electricity consumption.

“While we’re pushing towards that move towards green energy in the first place, we are also looking at zero emission technologies. For example, fundamentally the replacement of diesel fleets with alternate propulsion technologies.

“Alstom are among the leaders in hydrogen-powered vehicles but we also use battery-driven trains and so forth.

“The purpose of us here is really focusing on how the entire portfolio across rolling stock, digitally integrated systems and services can all contribute to increasing the sustainability of the rail sector.

“We are explaining the role of the different technologies and the role that they can play within the rail sector to address those sustainability issues.”

Garvey said the transport sector accounted for 25 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

“All the other sectors have been doing their bit such as in oil and gas power generation, but the transport sector globally hasn’t really had any reduction in its CO2 emissions,” he said.

“So we want to be a leader in that we’re not waiting for governments to make the decisions. We’re coming up with the technology solutions that will enable it to happen.

“We’re not relying on legislation or the stick, we’re creating the carrot for our customers.”

Garvey said Alstom had set its emissions targets to be in line with the Paris Agreement.

“We’re going to be accountable to those figures, and so we’ve got to act to ensure that we meet them.”.