14 001 certification: 19 subsidiaries that benefit the environment

10-18-2018
The environmental performance of Keolis, the first passenger transport operator to obtain ISO 14001 certification across the whole Group, owes everything to the environmental performance of its subsidiaries. As of today, 19 subsidiaries are certified under the banner of the Group. With all of these subsidiaries involved, we are delivering an even greater impact on the reduction of our environmental footprint.

A sharp drop in energy consumption

Investment in new lighting or heating facilities combined with increasing the awareness of staff pays off. Several subsidiaries have greatly reduced their energy bills this way. In one year, Autocars Planche, for example, reduced its gas consumption by 14.4% by changing a boiler on the site of Arnas (Rhône) and fine-tuning another on the site of Coteau (Haute-Loire). Keolis Touraine, meanwhile has reduced its electricity consumption by 8.7% by switching to LED lighting. And Keolis Tours has reduced its electricity consumption through two measures: switching to LEDs and renewing its radiators.

From 12% to 20% less water

Renewing installations and rethinking daily practices are just as profitable when it comes to water consumption. Keolis Nîmes, for example, reduced its water consumption by almost 20% in a year by replacing the toilets and washbasins and putting meters on its washing machine. Autocars Planche has changed its procedure in terms of its vehicle washing rate. Result: a 16.5% drop in consumption between 2016 and 2017. Finally, Keolis Caen Mobilités reduced its consumption by 12.8% by optimising the water recycling facilities of the washing machine, the monitoring and maintenance.

Waste that’s better sorted and better recovered

The better sorting of waste means we can significantly improve the waste recovery rate and reduce its impact on the environment. A great example in this area is the subsidiary Keolis Commuter Services in Boston which, thanks to its "zero-sort recycling programme" more than doubled the waste recovery rate (108.4% between 2016 and 2017). As for Transpole, the Lille subsidiary has increased its recovery rate by 20.5% by reorganising the workshop areas to reduce the volume of non-hazardous bulk waste. And, by introducing the sorting of wood, windshields and glass, as well as improving its sorting practices, Keolis Tours saw its recovery rate grow by 14.4%.

The environment at the heart of the organisations’ concerns

In particular, these good results are achieved by integrating the environmental dimension into  the organisation of each subsidiary. A dynamic that relies above all on team involvement. Keolis Paris Mobilité (PAM 75 network) and Keolis Rennes have, for example, set up an environment club that regularly brings together the different professions of the business (drivers, regulators, planners, trainers, etc.). Keolis Orléans, meanwhile, trained 100% of its staff – and not just its drivers – in eco-driving. Several subsidiaries also impose environmental requirements on their subcontractors (such as Keolis Bordeaux for the maintenance of green spaces and charter transport). In addition to this target, Keolis Rennes raises the environmental awareness of its passengers through displays in metro stations and on the website of the STAR network.