Transport that doesn’t pollute as much? When you don’t love oil, you create something else… Philippe Berterottière (H.82) and Bertrand Simion (H.87) Within two years, the luxury cruise line Ponant will be operating a cruise ship that runs on electricity and liquid natural gas (LNG). “Its two fuel tanks contain gas liquified at minus 160 ° Celsius, which it will use to power its engines,” explains Philippe Berterottière (H.82), CEO of GTT, the Engie subsidiary that developed this innovative vessel. And, 20 LNG-powered cargo ships will soon be added to the CMA CGM fleet. The French group is also partnering with IKEA and GoodShipping to test a biofuel that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% to 90%. “This is a global first,” explains Bertrand Simion (H.87), head of the group’s central lines. It’s a significant initiative, since the shipping sector, which handles 90% of worldwide freight traffic, has committed itself to cutting its CO2 emissions in half by 2050. Cécile Villette (MBA.16) Two former PwC consultants — Cécile Villette (MBA.16) and Rihab Jerbi – joined forces with Bérengère Lebental, a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, to launch Altaroad, a start-up specializing in nanotechnologies and civil engineering. Their offering? Mini-sensors set into pavement to register traffic and vehicle weight in real time. Altaroad now has many clients among companies operating industrial sites (construction projects, quarries, ports, etc.), including construction-energy giants like Eiffage. Altaroad sensors also have applications for road networks: the data they collect can be used to anticipate a road’s […]

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