Green Cities Fit for Life

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The Green, Green West

Situated on the Loire River, close to the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a green wonder of western France. It is France’s sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising some 800,000 inhabitants. In 2004, Time Magazine named Nantes ‘the most liveable city in Europe’.

Sustainable Transport Policy

Over the past 10 years, Nantes has developed a sustainable transport policy with a focus on public transport and bicycles. Development within the city centre is planned to minimise car transport and to provide pedestrians with optimal conditions.

Nantes was the first city in France to successfully re-introduce electric tramways. This effort will continue in the coming years and investments in new tramways, high quality buses service and bicycle infrastructure are foreseen.

Effect on Emissions

The ambitious transport policy shows improvements in reduced air pollution and CO2 emissions. All air pollution indicators (NO2, PM10 and ozone) are below limit values. This transport policy, together with an ambitious climate plan, has reduced CO2 emissions to 4.77 tons per capita.