Green transport

Transport is one of the factors that has the biggest impact on the environment

Transports and carbon emissions

Vélib Métropole - Balade au parc, Paris © Alain LONGEAUD

Because of the carbon emissions generated, transport is one of the factors that has the biggest impact on the environment. Planning ahead is the key to optimizing transport logistics (before, during and after the event) of guests (ease of access to the venue, limiting of transfers between different places, etc.), targeted choice of service providers (transport and venue for the event) and clear communication with participants. 

Situated at the centre of an exceptional railway network, Paris is linked to the rest of Europe (Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain) by more than  25 high-speed-train connections daily. The city also has an excellent public transport network (buses, metro system, inter-urban trains, tramway, mainline trains) and has introduced self-service transport systems, notably Vélib’, Autolib’, etc.

Although transport is a vital element in the organization of an eco-responsible event, no label exists for this sector. It is however easy to estimate its impact by calculating GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, which can be done for free on numerous websites, or by commissioning a specialist company (which will usually offer complementary services like introducing an action plan to reduce your future emissions) to carry out a survey.

Transport service providers fall into three categories: journey organizers (plane, train, coach), organizers of shuttle services or other types of transfers, and those who put individuals in contact with each other (e.g. carpool). It is sometimes necessary to use all three in order to provide a comprehensive offer:

• Optimization of public transport: public transport map, use of shuttles, creation of a specific page for the event on a carpool website, proposal of a public transport pass for the duration of the event;

• eco-driving training for drivers, advice on the event website;

• encouraging train travel for getting around (venues selected close to a station, conference rates negotiated with the SNCF);

• encouraging the use of environmentally-friendly transport (accessibility by bicycle and on foot, choice of electric, hybrid or thermal latest generation (Euro 5) motors for coaches).  A page devoted to active mobility is available on the RATP website;

• original modes of transport (bicycle-taxis, horse and carts, tuk tuk);

• establishment of a CO2 emissions compensation service, paid for by the host or the traveller;

• organization of transfers by the person responsible for the event (better guidance to participants, more practical and rapid transfers, choice of shuttle);

• evaluation of the importance of the attendance of participants in relation to GHG emissions linked to their travel (possibility of opting for video conference).

See below the members of the Convention Bureau with an official standard or label and top Parisian ‘greens’.

Laisser Passer

Transport with driver
48 rue La Bruyère, Paris, 75009

Laisser Passer, a chauffeured car and minibus company, has been a reference point for organizing your events since 1993. Advice,......


Public transport
30 rue Championnet, Paris, 75018

If you’re planning or need to attend an event, seminar, congress, trade show in Paris and the Paris region, don't forget to plan......

Isilines by Transdev

Parisian coach operators
3 allée de Grenelle, Issy Les Moulineaux, 92442

Visual Transdev is a specialist in business and leisure tourism transport in Paris and the surrounding region with its fleet of......

Sixt location de voitures

Car hire
42 avenue de Saxe, Paris, 75007

With almost 170,000 vehicles, Sixt focuses on providing high quality services at attractive prices. The fleet consists of some 30......

Paris Bike Tour

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Châtelet - Les Halles
  • Le Marais

For more than 15 years, Paris Bike Tour has been organising bicycle tours of Paris and the surrounding area. Our multilingual......

Paris à vélo c'est sympa

Incentive activities | Guided tours

We specialize in guided bike tours, with 5 different routes lasting 3 hours each, where you can discover the well known sides of......