The environment is a challenge for the transportation sector

The environment: a challenge for the passenger transport sector

Today, the environment is a major issue for the passenger transport sector. In France, 31% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. “In October 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified outdoor air pollution and outdoor air particles as carcinogenic to humans” source ADEME (ecological transition agency).

impact environnementaux du transport


Expressed as a greenhouse gas (GHG), CO2 is responsible for global warming. In order to reduce these emissions, France has adopted the national low-carbon strategy which aims to develop low-emission vehicles.

Low-emission zone* objectives have been set up in the most polluting urban areas. This allows communities to limit the circulation of the most polluting vehicles. Since 2016, the CRIT’AIR is an air quality sticker (mandatory) to be stuck on the windshield of the vehicle that indicates its environmental class. It allows vehicles to circulate:

  • In the low emission zones decreed in certain territories (Grenoble, Lyon and the surrounding communes, Paris and part of the Greater Paris metropolitan area).
  • During the differentiated traffic introduced during certain pollution peaks.
panneaux CO2 émissions de gaz à effet serre

Since 2013, passenger transport companies have been required to inform their customers of the CO2 emissions associated with their journeys.

electric cars

These cars are becoming more and more popular and should reach 13.4% of sales in 2030. They emit 2 to 6 times less CO2 than a gasoline car and are quieter (56 decibels). Today, customers are more and more demanding from their transporters regarding the environment and are actively asking for green transport. Having a 100% electric VTC fleet or putting in place the means to achieve this will be a plus for your company’s CSR. For example, many tenders are made to VTC companies using fleets of electric vehicles.

In addition to acting for the environment, changing your fleet of vehicles could allow you to win new markets!

Having a 100% electric VTC fleet or putting in place the means to achieve it will be a plus for your company’s CSR.

Today, many calls for tender include clauses related to the CSR of VTC companies, including the use of electric vehicle fleets. The development of electric recharging infrastructures is an integral part of priority actions concerning the development of low-emission vehicles. More than 29,000 recharging zones open to the public.

bornes de recharge véhicules électriques

Environment-related tips on WAY-Plan :

On the WAY-Plan software, different tips are available in order to improve your actions towards the environment. WAY-Plan was conceived to facilitate the application of this specific regulation to the transport of people.

1. The invoice: A standard from the Ministry of Ecology has been in effect since October 1, 2013. It requires passenger transport companies and VTC to have an information device indicating the amount of CO2 emitted by a transport service.

How are the CO2 emissions displayed by the WAY-Plan software calculated?

  • On your vehicle’s file, note the CO2 emission rate in the field provided for this purpose.
  • On each mission, the driver enters his mileage: at the arrival, at the pick-up point and at the drop-off point.
  • For each transport of people, on the invoice, a CO2 emission box will be filled in automatically according to the kilometers driven.

Find more information HERE

2. Geolocation: Visualimo offers a traceability tool that allows you to minimize the negative effects that the races have on the environment. Thus, you will be able to optimize the empty travel time of your drivers by planning, for example, the closest driver to a last minute race according to his real time location, the passenger’s location and the drop off location.

Find more information HERE

3. The Visualimo schedule: The schedule also offers you the possibility to visualize more quickly the location of the mission. This will allow you to check the consistency of the missions distributed according to the pick-up and drop-off locations between two missions.

In brief

The transport sector including passenger transport is responsible for the majority of CO2 emissions in France, the current climate emergency is pushing more and more actors to change their behavior.

To do so :

To find more details on the CO2 emissions indicated on the VTC invoices of WAY-Plan click here.


*La loi d’orientation des mobilités | Ministère de la Transition écologique (

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Crit’Air | Ministère de la Transition écologique (

National Low-Carbon Strategy (SNBC) | Ministère de la Transition écologique (

The impact of transport on the environment – Ademe

The impact of transport on the environment (

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