Alstom employs more than 2000 people in Belgium, including 600 engineers. They are engaged in developing carbon-free mobility – when a traveler chooses the train, they emit 30 times fewer greenhouse gases than in a car and 20 times less than in a plane.
“I am delighted that we have been voted Green Champions by the experts at Agoria and Sirris. One of Alstom's aims is to bolster innovation in the area of sustainable and smart mobility”, said Bernard Belvaux, Managing Director for the Benelux countries. “We can be considered an example for others to follow, insofar as the progress made by our research and development teams in Belgium makes a considerable contribution to the success of numerous other green mobility projects throughout the world. To run these products, we continue to recruit talented young people and experienced professionals. At Alstom, these recruits will have a real opportunity to make a major difference, working at the cutting-edge of innovation.”
Innovation is what enables technology companies to play an important role in the transition to a low-carbon society.
Among the technologies developed by Alstom's teams in Belgium automatic train operation is one of the more notable ones. These smart signaling systems can increase traffic on a like-for-like network basis, while at the same time considerably improving energy performance (30% improvement) and passenger comfort. Meanwhile, Alstom's teams in Charleroi have developed a solution for recovering power brake force, paving the way for energy savings of up to 30%. Such technology is in use on metro systems in Milan, Dubai, Sydney, London, Riyadh, and Panama.