Foreword: Meeting the environmental excellence challenge

2 September 2015  •  Author(s): Alain Vidalies

Alain Vidalies – French Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries from the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and EnergyThis year France will host and chair the 21st session of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). As Alain Vidalies – French Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries from the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy – explains, France is all set to play a leading role, and will seek to meet the challenge of becoming an ‘environmental excellence’ country.

It is more necessary than ever before to pursue energy transition, and urban transportation has to contribute effectively to this evolution.

Mobility is at the core of everyday life; connecting people. Fighting congestion and developing sustainable public transportation implies facing the challenge of modal shift – switching from the use of an individual car to alternative means of transportation.

We are committed to an innovative transport policy; we must keep on improving ourselves.

First, the distribution of power between the State and local authorities needs to evolve by transferring school and intercity transportation from the department level to a regional level – to support the transition towards sustainable business models. The regions are already responsible for rail transport. Tomorrow, regions will be on the front line. The new distribution of power, introduced by the French law ‘NOTRe’, will be effective in 2016. It is about attractiveness of our territories, to make them more attractive to users, for all modes of transport…

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