KEOLIS ponders on cutting its fleet CO2 emissions equal to planting a new forest the size of Monaco every year!
Emissions reduction on an unprecedented scale – equal to planting a new forest the size of Monaco every year – can be achieved by Keolis by adopting hydrogen premix preventive maintenance methodology. Not only this technology will reduce emissions from the existing fleet of busses, but also save Keolis €7.6 million per year in operating costs.
This is what Keolis top management confirms on the topic of prioritising the environmental cause for the corporation:
Contributing to safer mobility that respects the environment is our priority!
– Marie-Ange DEBON
Chairwoman of the Keolis group Executive Board
Keolis is fully committed to the environmental cause. A preventive maintenance program using hydrogen carbon-cleaning technology would add a powerful tool to the existing environmental solutions portfolio and provide immediate, measurable, and lasting results.
A deployment by Keolis of the hydrogen-based preventive maintenance process to only 10% of its fleet of 21,500 busses, would reduce the CO2 emissions by 709.5 tons per year, an equivalent of planting 26,278 trees (or approximately 2 square kilometres of forest which is the size of Monaco), every year.
Furthermore, such deployment would require an upfront investment of €0 from Keolis. Instead, the deployment of ANTISMOG hydrogen premix preventive maintenance process would generate over €3.6m in savings in maintenance costs and nearly €4.1m savings in fuel cost for Keolis, every year.
What is this Business Case?
From time to time ANTISMOG runs a simulation of environmental impact and economic benefits for leading players in the Mobility sector. This allows us to validate and sharpen our tool in real-life scenarios. Often, these simulations provide a solid basis, a starting point, for an informed project discussion with our Clients.
Keolis is a multinational transportation company that operates public transport systems. The company manages bus, rapid transit, tram, coach networks, rental bikes, car parks, water taxi, cable car, trolleybus and other Mobility-related services.
Keolis serves 3.4 billion passengers per year.
Keolis is the first public transport operator to be awarded ISO 14001 certification for its environment policy.
Keolis operates 21,500 busses. Approximately 2.8% of this fleet is low-emission (hybrid) or zero-emission (electric) vehicles.
Ecological transition is number one in the list of six challenges listed by Keolis management in the 2020 integrated annual report.
What is the potential impact?
Keolis s anticipating and integrating business transformations in its ecosystem.
“We’re forging ahead with our own ecological transition to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment.”
-Patrizia GATTI GREGORI
Sustainable Development and CSR Top Executive Director Keolis
In 2021, in the wake of the global health crisis, Keolis updated its materiality matrix to identify the biggest challenges likely to impact its business. To constructively inform our CSR strategy, Keolis team asked more than 180 internal and external stakeholders around the world to rank the importance of material topics.
Below is the analysis of the correlation between the 22 strategic topics listed in the Keolis materiality assessment matrix, and the projected impact of hydrogen premix preventive maintenance routine implementation.
01 Protecting biodiversity
Strong correlation: The benefits of hydrogen premix preventive maintenance include reduction of global-impact greenhouse effect gases such as CO2, as well as local-impact harmful substances such as Particulates and NOx.
02 Maintaining positive employee dialogue and labour relations
Medium correlation: The corporate image of Keolis would benefit from the deployment of the hydrogen premix ecological initiative, and as such would indirectly help in maintaining positive dialogue with employees and union leaders.
03 Proactive, responsible governance
Medium correlation: A proactive stance of Keolis deploying hydrogen premix preventive maintenance program would further reconfirm and solidify the proactive stance of the top management, as well as the responsible attitude of Keolis governing board.
04 Maintaining a strong, shared corporate culture
05 Contributing to sustainable city development
Strong correlation: Reducing CO2 emissions as well as other directly harmful substances such as Particulates, CO, and NOx would contribute directly to reducing the premature deaths caused by the poor air quality in urban environments.
06 Ensuring accessibility for people with reduced mobility
07 Contributing to the community
Strong correlation: By reducing emissions from public transport, Keolis would strongly contribute to the local communities they serve, primarily through reducing street-level air pollution caused by Particulates and NOx emissions from combustion engines.
08 Reducing our environmental footprint
Strong correlation: The levels of reduction of CO2, Particulates, and NOx levels can be directly and accurately measured or estimated. The direct measurement method relies on exhaust gases opacity and NOx levels. The estimate method uses fuel economy achieved as a proxy for calculating the reduction of CO2 gas rejection.
09 Promoting ethical business conduct
10 Facilitating diversity and inclusion
11 Attracting and retaining talent
Medium correlation: The corporate image of Keolis would benefit from the deployment of the hydrogen premix ecological initiative, and as such would indirectly help in attracting and retaining talent, especially among the younger generations who tend to rank environmental aspects higher when considering employment.
12 Ensuring safe and secure use of digital technology
Strong correlation: The IoT-enabled, AI-powered, security-by-design hardware and software components from ANTISMOG enable the highest levels of safety and security for the Client organisation.
13 Promoting new forms of mobility
14 Maintaining quality of service
Strong correlation: Less technical problems with the fleet of busses, namely clogging of diesel particulate filter (DPF) or blocking of EGR valve, assured by hydrogen premix preventive maintenance, allows for a higher number of busses being available at any given time and therefore guaranteeing a higher quality of service for passengers.
15 Contributing to local and regional development
16 Fostering dialogue with stakeholders
17 Innovating to develop new mobility solutions
Weak correlation. However, the practical aspects of implementing hydrogen premix preventive maintenance allow Keolis to “buy time” to develop new mobility solutions while taking real environmental action now.
18 Passenger safety
Weak correlation. Side note. The safety of hydrogen premix technology is assured by two factors: (1) no storage of hydrogen, and (2) no pressurised gases, all systems work under atmospheric pressure.
19 Developing and promoting low-carbon transport solutions
Strong correlation: Implementation of hydrogen premix preventive maintenance technology would reduce the carbon footprint of the Keolis fleet of busses in a direct, sustainable, and measurable fashion.
20 Customer experience and satisfaction
21 Workforce health & safety
Strong correlation: Keolis personnel would be less exposed to harmful substances, most importantly Particulates and NOx, if the hydrogen premix technology is implemented.
22 Operational safety
Weak correlation: Side note. The safety of hydrogen premix technology is assured by two factors: (1) no storage of hydrogen, and (2) no pressurised gases, all systems work under atmospheric pressure.
Keolis emissions reduction business case simulation results
Once the input variables, assumptions, and other data are processed, the simulation results are displayed in the table below.
To summarise the information in the table, the total projected environmental impact is the reduction of more than 709 metric tonnes of CO2 gas. For illustrative purposes, to prevent this amount of CO2 from entering the atmosphere is equivalent to planting a forest the size of Monaco, every year!
Additionally, the reduced carbon deposits on the internals of the bus engine and the exhaust system would result in additional operating expenses reduction. More specifically, in our simulation, the reduction of maintenance costs would amount to €3.6M per year and the reduction of fuel consumption would bring an additional €4.1M in operating costs savings per year.
Who might be interested in Keolis emissions reduction business simulation?
Fleet owners and operators.
Public transport operators.
Logistics and delivery companies.
Who is behind this tech?
ANTISMOG is an open-source, green hydrogen-based process, which reduces emissions from existing combustion engines. The effectiveness of the process has been tested, audited, and validated by AirParif, ADEME, and UrbanLab of Paris&Co.
ANTISMOG carries a “1000 Efficient Solutions” label by Solar Impulse Foundation.
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This document is Keolis’ first integrated annual report. It provides a concise yet holistic and forward-looking view of the Group’s activities, ecosystem, strategy and commitments. It demonstrates how our strategy and organisation enable us to create sustainable value for all our stakeholders.
ANNUAL REPORT: BUILDING INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY