Brest is the most westerly town in France and the second-largest urban centre in Brittany, with a population of 215 000.
In 2010 the city decided to develop a comprehensive master plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, with ambitious long-term goals: a 20 per cent reduction by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. The master plan includes new approaches to land use, housing, climate and energy; as well as a new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.
This integrated approach has led to qualitative changes and new measures, such as building a tram line and ensuring sufficient access to the public transport network in general.
The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan strives to increase the attractiveness of the central zones of the city by stimulating urban renewal, reducing the use of cars and improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.
The estimated costs of implementing the plan are € 538 million over the next 10 years.