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European Commission allocates €23m in grants to purchase electric buses and to convert depots to electricity and biogas in the Île-de-France region

With this funding, the European Commission supports Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP in their commitment to the ecological transition through the Bus2025 programme. This programme, unique in Europe, aims to convert all bus depots and a large part of the bus fleet operated by RATP for Île-de-France Mobilités to electricity and biogas by 2025. This European aid, supplemented by €23m in innovative funding from the Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts group), also contributes to the unprecedented efforts made by Île-de-France Mobilités to develop sustainable transport.

This grant, soon to be allocated under the Connecting Europe Facility for funding sustainable transport infrastructure, strengthens Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP’s commitment to the success of the European Green Deal, with a view to make the European Union the first climate-neutral economy by 2050. This grant is supplemented by a loan from the Caisse des Dépôts, the European Commission’s Implementing Partner for the Connecting Europe Facility.

RATP is proud of this first support from the European Commission for the Bus2025 programme,” said Catherine Guillouard, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of RATP.We hope that the European Commission will sustain this programme over time, as its scale and added value are unique in Europe. We are strongly committed to the ecological transition of urban transport, which is a major component of the European Green Deal.

For Valérie Pécresse, Chairwoman of Île-de-France Mobilités and President of the Île-de-France region,Île-de-France Mobilités has set itself the target of converting the 10,500 buses and coaches on its network to clean energies with two deadlines, 2025 for the most polluted urban areas and 2029 for the entire region. The European Commission’s financial support in this programme, which was launched more than 4 years ago in partnership with RATP, highlights the European dimension of our regional project, which will continue for several years and for which EU support is essential.

Marianne Louradour, Île-de-France Regional Director at the Banque des Territoires, says that “by financing the ecological and energy transition, notably in terms of urban transport, the Banque des Territoires helps improve the daily lives of Île-de-France residents”. Laurent Zylberberg, Director of Institutional, International and European Relations at the Caisse des Dépôts, adds that “this ambitious project is in line with Europe’s green priorities and the recovery plan deployed by the Caisse des Dépôts. It is the first concrete sign of our partnership with the European Commission and our status as Implementing Partner.” 

As a reminder, RATP will take delivery of 3,700 new electric or biogas buses under the Bus2025 programme.

Download the Bus2025 press kit here.