Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH: Environmental advantages of a cable car system

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH: Environmental advantages of a cable car system

One of the main advantages of cable cars is their small environmental footprint which we would like to address on and share with you. As César Dockweiler (CEO Mi Teleférico) mentions in a recent interview for a global magazine, the cable car represents an “ecological clean system, environmentally friendly.

It makes no noise and no pollution.” Travelling in a cable car brings you to a next level of mobility and will let you move on up in the air without any obstacles, noise and waiting times. This barrier free mobility is accessible to all: children, young people, grown-ups, elderly people, minorities etc. We all will be crossing urban boarders, bridging gaps and therefore can boost the development of our cities. Time savings is another topic we want to address within this context. As we probably all know, having time in our day and age is one of the most precious things and resources.

Time savings can also be linked to a sustainable, environmentally friendly transport system. As an example, using the red line in La Paz leads to 11 days per year of time savings. That is more than one week that we can spend away from the streets and stay with our family, friends or follow our hobbies. If we talk about concrete numbers regarding the environmental impact of cable cars we should look at cable cars emissions which are less than 0,1kW per hour. We compare this data to a hair dryer which consumes the same amount of energy in five minutes. Another example for the environmental impact of cable cars we want to share with you, is the comparison of it with a minibus. One cable car of the cable car network in La Paz has the capacity to carry 10 passengers which is equal to 3.3 kWh of electrical energy.

A standard minibus which has the capacity to carry 10 passengers is equal to 157 kWh. This notable difference shows which impact different transport modes have on our city and environment. By considering new transport solutions and going from the ground up in the air lets us save electrical energy as well as fuel consumption. Caring about our cities and future means also caring about our transport system and thinking about new, sustainable and intermodal ways of mobility. On this occasion let us share with you the side effects that a cable car network can have. If we look at the yellow and the green line of the cable car network of La Paz, we notice how easily people are travelling from the city of El Alto to the southern part of La Paz called “la zona sur”. These parts of the city used to be, not only geographically- but also culturally apart from each other by not sharing many sociocultural and economical activities. Also, the long distances and travel times would make it difficult to move from one place to the other. Since the transport system via the “Teleférico” (cable car) is in function, people from the city of El Alto can spend their spare time also in the shopping center of the “zona sur” and enjoy the broad offer on activities. Also, people from the southern zone, will be travelling on a frequent basis to the city of El Alto to attend specific events like the “Feria 16 de Julio” (16 de Julio market), which is one of the biggest open-air markets in the whole of Latin America.

This exchange between people within a city that is so divers like La Paz, is being fostered by a new way of thinking and understanding of mobility. Using this chance of connecting and interacting between each other boosts and strengthens the economy of the city, offering accessibility to new places and fostering interaction and exchange between citizens. All of this is happening via a transport system with small environmental footprint namely the cable car network in La Paz, Bolivia.


Article by Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH
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