Sustainable development in river transport

A sustainable activity by nature

River transport and Coalis – Nautalia activies are naturally part of a global sustainable development. Indeed, river transport fits into the three foundational requirements of sustainable development :

  • Cost effective: The prices of transport by river are competitive compared to road and rail transport prices
  • Environmentally friendly: Transport by river consumes less energy and is virtuous in carbon emissions. In additions to this, transport by river produces less noise and visual pollution.
  • Socially exemplary: Transport by river is secure and is virtually accident free. In addition to that, river transport brings a strong development potential, in terms of trade flows, generating employment growth, especially in the harbours.

As part of Grenelle 1 – legal guidance, the government set ambitious goals to increase river, sea and rail transport of goods from 14% to 25%.

As a river transport operator, Coalis works continuously to achieve this goal.


Coalis, major operator in recycling

Transport by river emits between 21 and 44g of carbon emissions by ton per kilometre, versus 79g when transported by road (source ADEME). With more than 700 million of tons a kilometre transported every year, Coalis saves 25,000 to 40,000 tons of carbon emissions every year.

In addition to this, Coalis transports a lot of materials dedicated to recycling and upgrading by river, thus improving the economical, environmental and societal efficiency of recycling.