From 14 to 18 June 2021, Keolis subsidiaries around the world are showcasing the Group’s commitment to ensuring the health, safety and security of its staff, passengers and the public.
On 28 May 2021, Keolis Downer, Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, won an 8-year contract to operate and maintain 406 buses in Greater Sydney.
The contract was awarded by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), the Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the state of New South Wales and is set to start on 31 October 2021. It is the first time this network will be managed by a private operator.
To improve the passenger experience and boost ridership, Keolis Downer has committed to enhance transport services and facilitate the network’s energy transition by introducing 125 electric buses by 2030.
Keolis has extensive energy transition expertise acquired in Europe and North America, and over 10 years of experience in Australia, where it is stepping up its presence in the country. Both will be key to the project’s success.
On 11 May 2021, Keolis was awarded a new contract by the public transport administration Uppsala to operate a large fleet of alternative energy buses.
Worth approximately €540 million, this nine-year contract gives Keolis responsibility to operate and maintain a completely new bus fleet running on biogas and biodiesel from June 2022.
The new contract grows Keolis' footprint in Sweden, where it has been operating alternative energy urban bus networks since 2003.
In spring 2020, Keolis launched an initiative aimed at suppliers with whom the Group has a minimum annual turnover of €100,000, to encourage them to participate in reforestation projects and to take part in the creation of a virtuous circle to promote ecology and the restoration of biodiversity.
The suppliers commit to planting trees in proportion to their turnover through a "carbon contribution" clause included in their contracts with the Group. Since the project was launched, more than 4,300 trees have been planted. This initiative is rooted in Keolis Group’s global commitment to sustainable purchasing which has been in place for a number of years, which involves incorporating specific clauses into the contracts set up by the Purchasing Department encouraging suppliers to respect Keolis' environmental commitments.
As part of its corporate social responsibility policy, Keolis is committed to diversity and inclusion by recruiting candidates with varied profiles. This commitment allows everyone to have a place within the Group, to have access to a permanent job and to be a player in their professional career.