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Climate Action 2011-2012

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special Feature bombardier Transportation The planet is counting on our action 172 In times like these, when we are confronted by global economic uncertainty and conflicting political priorities, it is sometimes difficult to see the real, long-term challenges we face – particularly when the impact is not felt immediately. Yet the great challenge which continues to threaten the wellbeing of not only this generation, but future generations and our entire planet, is the one that often gets dismissed – climate change. Unlike economic developments, the impact of climate change is almost imperceptible to many of us in our daily, busy lives. The time for argument is past. We have reached a stage where we are forced to face facts. Societies around the world are challenged by rising energy costs, rapid urbanisation and population growth, increasing congestion and pollution. All of these trends are contributing to a relentless increase in global CO 2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They are creating growing tension between the increasing need for mobility and the impact of the world’s transport systems on environment, competitiveness and quality of life. They present very compelling reasons to change the way we look at the interdependence of transport, economic development and environmental sustainability. At the heart of this challenge is the relationship between urbanisation and transport, the need to connect people and goods within cities and between cities, while at the same time making a concerted global commitment to reduce emissions. In the year 2000, only a third of the world’s population lived in big cities. By 2050, this number is expected to more than double to 70 per cent, according to United Nations estimates. Among these, the number of ‘megacities’ – huge urban agglomerations with ten million or more citizens – will have risen to 29. In themselves, these megacities will contribute to dramatically increased CO 2 and GHG emissions, requiring increased resources to sustain their industries, businesses, communities and transport networks. TransporT and global warming Today, in Europe alone, almost two-thirds of CO 2 emissions caused by transport are road-related. This figure is likely to increase on a global basis, as the populations of the emerging economies become more affluent and more motorised. Nevertheless, the world needs to move. Transport networks are the veins of our planet. They sustain our nations, economies, businesses and culture. Without them, our cities, our nations and our global community would cease to function. We have to find a solution now – to keep the world on the move, while at the same reducing transport’s CO 2 footprint. For the past 60 years, road and air have dominated the investment and development decisions of governments, planners and policy-makers. Even today, most of the © GO Transit

infrastructure investments and tax exemptions in many cities and countries still go to road and air. Yet, the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient mode of mass transport, for people and goods, is rail. Rail is key to helping society reduce its demand for energy. It is a key contributor to economic growth. And, it has a considerable and positive influence on the urban environment, in particular on land use, traffic congestion, pollution and quality of life. Growing cities need the space- and eco-efficient transport solutions offered by rail. a modal shiFT The time has come to rethink our transport decisions as part of a low carbon future for the planet, for people and for the cities in which we live. We need new approaches at every level, that work together to encourage truly integrated transport networks, that ease interconnectivity and proactively rebalance the three major modes of transport – air, road and rail – to conserve energy, limit congestion and reduce pollution. Rail needs to play a bigger part in the equation. Culturally, collectively, individually, politically and economically there are strong reasons to demand increased investment in rail transit solutions. Trains of today are the modern machines of the 21st century. In service around the world, they offer aerodynamic efficiency, high speeds, increased comfort, higher capacity, convenience and beautiful design. They are highly passengeroriented and can incorporate the latest technology for information and internet access. The latest trams, metros, monorails and rapid transit systems move people safely, quickly and efficiently into and around cities, reducing congestion and pollution, and helping cities breathe again. At Bombardier Transportation we love our business, not least because our technology is helping to define the future of mobility. We are working to make our products even better. We lead the industry in our pioneering Bombardier ECO4 technologies, which balance the four cornerstones of sustainable mobility – energy, efficiency, economy and ecology. These technologies can help reduce overall energy consumption of trains by 50 per cent and can go a long way to significantly reduce the total carbon footprint of transport. Our Zefiro family of very high-speed and high-speed trains has also set a new benchmark in environmental performance in the area of long distance rail travel. By creating comfortable high-speed rail vehicles with the latest onboard technology for work and entertainment, we are encouraging people to leave their cars at home and exchange congested roads for a relaxing journey by train. This type of modal shift in consumer behaviour for regional commuting will make a real difference to transport-related carbon emissions. Urban congestion is becoming an increasing challenge, one that we are tackling head-on with our ‘Smart Transport Solutions’. A look at our website will show you some of the exciting developments that we are putting forward today to help shape urban transport planning and transform the experience of commuters. Such innovations include our PrimoveCity solution, a groundbreaking approach to electrical mobility in cities encompassing car and bus applications, enabling them to travel quietly and – most importantly – without emissions. We can encourage people to leave their cars at home. The planet is counting on our action. All of us – policymakers, international associations, academic institutions, industrial enterprises, businesses and citizens alike – can make decisions today that will enhance the well-being of our society and the planet we all share. We all have the power to make a positive difference towards a more sustainable world. At Bombardier Transportation we continue to push the boundaries on sustainable mobility, making it a reality today and not simply a vision for tomorrow. Sharon Christians Vice President Communications and Public Affairs Bombardier Transportation Bombardier, ECO4, Zefiro and PrimoveCity are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. Web: 173