Along with the ‘Green Paris movement’, the Seine river will be the world’s greenest river. The City of Paris aims to enhance air quality and reduce the city’s carbon footprint in conjunction with the upcoming Olympic Games in 2024. Green Paris’s goals will, in large part, be reached through transitioning to clean electric mobility.
Mainly, Olivier Jamey, President of Communauté Portuaire de Paris (CPP), conducted a study to acknowledge whether to bring the ‘Green Paris Movement’ to the rives Seine.
President Jamey is partnering with Torqeedo, a global leader in marine electric mobility, for conducting the survey and for future electrification of the river’s fleet.
In addition, the study is supported by public subsidies from the national and regional governments.
More than 200 boats ply the 13 km section of the Seine that flows through Paris.
Generally, the Seine reflects the 50% of the overall inland river traffic in France, whereas it also represents the 80% of the passenger-boat activity.
The intensive use means a significant decrease in the city’s carbon footprint may be accomplished by transitioning the fleet to clean electric power.
President Jamey added that the River is of a great importance for the history, tourism, culture and urban logistics of Paris and it will only be improved if it will be the leader of sustainability and green technology for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Dr. Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo noted that
The Paris fleet’s transition to high-tech electric drives will enhance the enjoyment of the fleet’s passengers and help to accomplish the goals of Green Paris.
In conclusion, the Communaute Portuaire de Paris evaluates each one of the vessels that voyage through river Seine; boats that are used for sightseeing, restaurants, private events, or freight transport have different requirements and need a propulsion solution that meets those specific needs.