The transport industry is responsible for 30% of energy consumption in France—but trains account for only 0.6%, even though they carry 10% of all passengers and freight. That makes rail an energy-efficient solution for moving people and goods.
In view of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the government has planned to modernise and expand rail transport infrastructure in and around the city. Now in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, these investments are ramping up across the country. France’s economic recovery plan foresees €4.7 billion in direct investments in the rail sector between 2020 and 2022.
Investments are also planned to support skills training for future workers, including apprenticeship programmes and hiring incentives.
What does Gen Z in France think?
- 67.6% believe it is important to work for an employer with a positive sustainability and environmental impact
- 43.7% are interested in working or studying in a field related to sustainability and the environment
- 42.5% are interested in working for the rail supply industry
- 29.9% think that rail offers versatile job opportunities and 26.2% believe it is crucial for France’s economy and development