2021 – Activity and sustainable development report

Meeting urban challenges

Cities are changing, and so are their residents: they aspire to a calmer, more pleasant and healthier urban environment. They want to see a return to ease of movement and an urban mix that offers real continuity between work and life, shops, services and public facilities. With its wide range of activities, the Group fully supports this dynamic by positioning itself as the partner of choice for cities on the move. To spearhead its offer in France, it created RATP Solutions Ville in early 2021, covering 5 major fields of urban skills in which its expert subsidiaries have long‑standing experience: real estate, new forms of urban mobility, energy, urban logistics and telecommunications.


The main challenge facing cities is combating climate change and adapting to this change. The Group has cutting‑edge expertise in energy transition issues. On behalf of Île‑de‑France Mobilités, it is deploying the ambitious Bus2025 programme, to move to a “cleaner” bus fleet and convert all its bus depots to electricity or biomethane by 2025. The goal is to cut green‑house gas emissions in half in ten years. In Orléans, RATP Real Estate is capitalising on its expertise to help the city move to electric buses by 2024.

In Bourges, La Roche‑sur‑Yon and London, RATP Dev teams are at the forefront of these issues. In Brussels, the tourist bus fleet operated by an RATP Dev subsidiary is the first in the world to become fully electric.

The Group has also developed recognised expertise in optimising energy management, both in urban heating networks - such as the use of geothermal energy in two stations on metro line 14 in Paris or the recovery of heat from metro line 11 to heat homes - and in cooling networks (see box). Finally, with the upkeep of 66,436 of lawns within its real‑estate projects, it helps combat the urban heat island phenomenon.

LES DEUX RIVES, the district of the future

In Paris, the “pilot” district of Les Deux Rives brings together large private companies, public institutions, solidarity economy players and residents around concrete actions (low-carbon logistics, waste recovery, urban farming, etc.), heralding what a circular economy district might look like in the future. It became an association in 2021 with the founding members being RATP Group, which was a partner from day one, the City of Paris, Métropole du Grand Paris and Eau de Paris.