Business Tours organized in conjunction with COP 21
In December, Paris Region Entreprises organized business tours in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, in conjunction with COP 21 and the "Solutions Gallery" Exhibition and Conference held at the Le Bourget site, a few hundred meters from the UN delegations' negotiations.
Designed to support the COP 21 diplomatic negotiations, the "Solutions Gallery" showcased existing low-carbon solutions that are ready to deploy.
To complement this event, Paris Region Entreprises organized five multiple-site visits for international delegations to discover outstanding, innovative Paris Region sites in the fields of sustainable construction, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. Hundreds of visitors from around the world took part in these tours. 27 countries were represented, including Germany, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, the USA, Greece, Morocco, the UK, Singapore and Thailand. A profile analysis of participants demonstrates that these technical visits truly served operational and decision-making personnel: corporate executives, Environmental Director, researchers, journalists, etc.
The site visits allowed international participants to discover the expertise of Paris Region players in sustainable development and cleantech.
The first visit took place at the Challenger site, the headquarters of Bouygues Construction. Rather than creating a new headquarters that incorporates the latest technologies for energy efficiency, Bouygues Construction decided to renovate its existing building, built in 1988, to address the challenge of sustainable renovation in the construction industry. The Challenger building now produces more energy than it consumes, via photovoltaic and geothermal electricity. Eloi de la Monneraye, Project Manager at Bouygues Construction, led the tour.
The second day of visits allowed fifteen international participants to discover ERDF's Linky Lab, the first European test center for smart meters. The lab tests the meters' reliability and robustness. ERDF (which manages most of France's electrical distribution network) will deploy 35 million Linky smart meters by 2021. Their Linky Lab ensures that they are robust enough to serve for at least the next 20 years. The laboratory's full range of test procedures was presented to participants: firmware tests of units, both individually and in a dense environment, multi-vendor interoperability testing, and integration with other hardware components of the Linky system.
At the third business tour, a project managed by Bouygues Immobilier was presented by Mathilde Leroy, Commercial Property Project Manager. Green Office® Rueil is a "smart" building with NF HQE and BREEAM certifications. Completed in late 2014, it is the largest positive-energy office building in France. Today, it houses the headquarters of Unilever France.
The fourth tour was dedicated to mobility, a fundamental issue in the fight against global warming. The Blue Solutions Group is a pioneer in this sphere. Starting in 2011, it deployed Autolib', a revolutionary car sharing system, in the Paris Region. This system has since been implemented in several other cities in France and the US, and will soon be set up in London. The group also deploys other sustainable mobility solutions, including a tram, currently running on the Champs-Elysées.
Finally, to finish this week of business tours with a focus on sustainable development, forty international participants visited the Clichy-Batignolles eco-district , under development on the northwest edge of Paris. Clichy-Batignolles is an experimental site for environmental policies where the city of Paris is implementing an ambitious policy of sustainable development, embodied in particular by its Climate Plan and Biodiversity Plan. Marina Rotolo, architect, led the visit to the eco-district, which makes use of multiple solutions to fight CO2 emissions: energy-efficient buildings, geothermal and photovoltaic energy, soft mobility, well-adapted urban and logistics services (rail freight, waste separation facilities, on-site concrete plant) and pneumatic waste collection.
Paris Region Entreprises organizes business tours throughout the year to help companies, prescribers, opinion leaders, and journalists discover the region's strengths. The next tours will be held in conjunction with the SITL and JEC trade shows in March 2016.