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Posted on September, 6 2016

Michel SALEM-SERMANET, CEO of Efficacity energy transition Institute

European and national commitments provide for a 20% reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in cities by 2020.

To achieve these objectives, urban renewal policies must be undertaken on various scales, in order to improve the overall energy efficiency of cities and reduce their carbon footprint while improving the quality of life and comfort of citizens.

Investments for the future: Energy efficiency and sustainable cities, launching of the Efficacity energy transition Institute

The Government has thus decided to support the “Efficacity” research programme on the energy efficiency of the cities of tomorrow.

With a State-funded budget of 15 million euros as part of the Investments for the Future programme, Efficacity’s research work has just begun. The aim of this work is to develop tools to improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of cities at various urban levels (building, neighbourhood, city-wide).

This project brings together interdisciplinary skills in the city field:

  • 6 industrial leaders in their field: EDF R&D, GDF Suez, RATP, Veolia Environnement, Vinci Construction France and Compagnie IBM France;
  • 7 engineering companies: ABMI, Arcadis, Assystem, Ingérop, Safege, SETEC and BETEREM Ingénierie;
  • 15 academic structures of excellence: ARMINES, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture (Paris Belleville, Marne la Vallée, Paris Malaquais), ESIEE, Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l’Industrie, IFSTTAR, Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière, Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique, Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée grouped around the research and higher education cluster of the Université Paris-Est.

Efficacity will be installed in the scientific, technical and eco-technical centre of Cité Descartes, located in Marne-la-Vallée.

From a scientific and technical standpoint, this involves developing the tools required to provide a coherent response in the major life cycle stages of urban components (from their design to their operation) in terms of energy efficiency.

As part of the Grand Paris works, the goal of this project is to reinforce a French sector in the construction and urban renewal field.

To find out more about investments for the future, visit the website:

Efficacity, un institut de R&D public/privé dédié à l’efficacité énergétique des villes

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