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Dynamic bus lanes, real-time road sharing for mobility

This is a first in France to reconcile improving the fluidity of public transport and traffic in constrained areas. In 2017, in Lyon, the Eiffage Énergie Systèmes teams tested a dynamic bus lane: one of the lanes, lined with red Leds on the ground, was temporarily reserved for buses, detected upstream with appropriate equipment. Motorists were invited to fall back on the left lane.

Handbook for creating an urban planning agency

This handbook for urban planning agencies is the result of a cooperation between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the National Federation of Urban Planning Agencies (FNAU).

It proposes ways to help create urban planning agencies, which can be suitable relays for local authorities to implement the new urban agenda adopted by the Habitat III Conference in Quito.

Eiffage launches Sekoya : the first carbon & climate platform entirely dedicated to low-carbon materials and processes

Eiffage, which has made innovation and ecological transition two of the pillars of its strategic plan, is setting up, in partnership with Impulse Partners, a specialist in construction innovation, "Sekoya", a carbon & climate platform entirely dedicated to low carbon materials and processes.

 

Recytal®-ARM, a low-carbon road maintenance solution with vegetable binder

Eiffage Route, the road subsidiary of the Eiffage Group's Infrastructures division, attaches a strategic importance to respect for the environment. Also, while reducing the use of fossil fuels and fossil-based resources is essential, the R & D teams of Eiffage Route, which has its own research and study centers in Ciry-Salsogne in Aisne and at Corbas near Lyon, succeeded in substituting plant materials for bitumen and regenerating materials by means of plant binders not derived from petroleum.

 

The stakes of overseas planning

The 32nd issue of the National Federation of Urban Planning Agencies (FNAU), “The stakes of overseas planning” is the result of a collaboration between the three overseas urban planning agencies and the FNAU.

Published following the seminar of directors of urban planning agencies held in Martinique in October 2013, this issues reviews the stakes of planning in the specific context of overseas territories. It inlcudes sections on natural risks, economic models, mobility iessues and natural heritage etc.

La Toile énergétique: the Dunkirk area energetic relations network

Developed in 2018, La Toile énergétique (“Energy web”) charts the energy flows between different actors in Dunkirk’s employment area. This observation tool is inspired by la Toile industrielle “Industry web” , previously developed by AGUR. La Toile énergétique explains in the most intelligible way the route followed by energy on the territory: from the arrival of raw material, through its injection in local or national grids -   until its final consumption. The tool is dedicated to all the actors involved in the energy transition.

Batiment-Ventilation.fr: Building ventilation reference site

With the aim of making all resources on ventilation regulations available to construction stakeholders, the website www.batiment.ventilation.fr is aimed primarily at professionals involved from the creation and prescription to receipt and maintenance of ventilation systems.

 

Madre project "Metropolitan Agriculture for Developing an innovative, sustainable and Responsible Economy"

MADRE is a European territorial cooperation project (Interreg MED), which aims to change the metropolitan food supply model by capitalising on existing good practices, by empowering the different stakeholders in metropolitan and peri-urban agriculture, and by initiating a dynamic of transnational cooperation in the MED region.

The Toulouse Matabiau EMP thermal and electrical grid (Multimodal terminal): a local energy loop project

As part of its working group on new legal tools for innovative urban projects, the Institut pour la Ville Durable (IVD - Sustainable city institute), with the support of LexCity, has produced two reports: one on legal tools for public procurement and the other on private law tools. These reports were illustrated and further developed through case studies, proposed by IVD members, based on three themes: circular economy, the sharing and pooling of uses and services and a local energy loop.

Shared parking experiences with Zenpark

As part of its working group on legal tools for innovative urban projects, the Institut pour la Ville Durable (IVD - Sustainable city institute), with the support of LexCity, has produced two reports: one on legal tools for public procurement and the other on private law tools. These reports have been illustrated and developed further through case studies, proposed by the members of IVD, based upon three themes: circular economy, the sharing and pooling of uses and services and a local energy loop.

Gironde Habitat's Les Souffleurs residence: first operation of collective self-consumption of electricity in France

As part of its working group on new legal tools for innovative urban projects, the Institut pour la Ville Durable (IVD - Sustainable city institute), with the support of LexCity, has produced two reports: one on legal tools for public procurement and the other on private law tools. These reports have been illustrated and developed further through case studies, proposed by the members of IVD, based upon three themes: circular economy, the sharing and pooling of uses and services and a local energy loop.

The free transport observatory is born!

In France, free public transport has so far been studied very little by the scientific community. The Observatory of cities with free transport, created on 5 June 2019 as a joint initiative of the Flanders-Dunkirk Regional Planning Agency, the Urban Community of Dunkirk and the VIGS researchers' association, hopes to shift the boundaries.

Smart Cities and Territories Platform

Launched on 22 May 2019, the Smart Cities and Territories Platform aims to provide local authorities with resources to understand, act and gradually develop services. Built using a participatory and iterative design approach, using the "design thinking" method, it allows communities to take ownership of the subject, to build a strategy step by step and to launch various actions.

Tools for development website

The "Tools for development" website is intended primarily for local elected officials, technicians from local authorities and other stakeholders in development, to whom it provides information on tools and methods mainly in the fields of land, operational and regulatory urban planning, the environment and housing. It constitutes a technical database of more than 250 tools accessible according to seven main themes and nearly 35 operational issues, thus answering the territory's stakeholders' most pressing questions.

The energy node of the Dunkirk heating network: the 1st multi-industrial and multi-fluid "smart grid"

multi-industrial and multi-fluid "smart grid"

Thanks to the Energy Node, the Centre de Valorisation Energétique (CVE - Energy recovery centre) of the Urban Community of Dunkirk recycles waste by recycling it into electrical and thermal energy, whatever the season.

The city of Narbonne improves comfort in children’s nurseries and schools with temperature monitoring

The city of Narbonne improves comfort in children’s nurseries and schools with temperature monitoring

In response to the demands of its citizens, Narbonne has developed the first uses based on the "Internet of Things" to provide more comfort for the people of Narbonne and to save money. Installed in schools and nurseries in the City of Narbonne, 39 small sensor probes are used to record temperature measurements in real time. Thanks to this system, the city saves money by reducing its consumption and guarantees optimal comfort for the 4000 children it welcomes.

 

Making a success of the digital transition of southern cities

Located in the city of Sémé-Podji in Benin, Wexity is the first digital tool specially designed to enable local authorities to manage all urban objects: networks, housing, environment, risks, local economy, equipment and so on, thus serving the needs of sustainable urban development. Today, only complex expert systems requiring qualified personnel exist. Wexity breaks with this logic of complexity.

Public procurement legal tools for innovative urban projects

This report has was produced by the law firm LexCity as part of the working group led by the French Network for the Sustainable City on “New legal tools for innovative urban projects”. Its objective is to analyse, identify and clarify the benefits and best practices of public law legal tools for urban innovation. These tools are also a means of cooperation between public and private actors.

Innovative urban services for my citizens - Nantes Dans Ma Poche

To meet the growing demand from its users, Nantes Métropole has called upon Orange Business Services to offer "Nantes Dans Ma Poche - Nantes in my pocket": a solution that makes everyday life easier for residents and strengthens civic dialogue with the community. The app was co-designed in a participatory and innovative way: residents and users of the 24 metropolitan municipalities were asked to participate in its creation and to identify a set of twenty services including "Sustainable City" services:

Dunkirk: a conurbation in transition

With its wealth of industrial and port heritage, the Dunkirk conurbation has intensified its commitment to an industrial, environmental and social energy transition.

By creating synergies and partnerships around new models, this energy transformation aims to meet a twofold challenge:

- To preserve the appeal of the area while engaging in a genuine economic and sustainable transition

- To promote a balanced environment, conducive to the development of its attractiveness.

 

The CUD is participating in the construction of the Circular Economy label

The Urban Community of Dunkirk participated in the construction of the circular economy label alongside ADEME (French environment and management agency).

The approach adopted around this label has enabled it to structure its organisation, strategy and action plan to make the circular economy a strong focus of its activity.

This dynamic will also make it possible to better measure the results of its activity, with a view to continuous improvement.

Storm drainage and geographic information service project in the Douala urban community (Cameroon)

Since 2015, the City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, in association with GESCOD (Grand Est Solidarités et Coopérations pour le Développement) and their partners, have been working with the Douala Urban Community on the construction and renovation of 47 km of storm drains, to strengthen their project management and local governance capacities in the field of urban sanitation.

6 proposals for sustainable city

Based on the experience of its members, the French Network for Sustainable City (IVD) has come up with 6 proposals to accelerate the deployment of sustainable cities in all contexts, notably by improving city governance and innovation support.

Datacities - Action handbook: producing and managing urban data services of public interest

This action handbook “Datacities: producing and managing urban data services of public interest” explores the changes in territorial governance modes induced by urban data services. It collectively develops proposals and contributes to empowerment of public actors on the issue of data territorial governance, so that they can take up action on major issues.

The role of energy operators in face of local energetic performance challenges

This case study was carried out as part of the “New Urban Economic Model” working group set up by the French Network for Sustainable City. Its objective is to analyse changes in the energy sector, based on the main factors driving the transformation of urban services, as a result of the digital revolution. This study also draws 4 prospective portraits of future energy performance operators.

Beach cleaning assisted by animal traction

The commune of Ile d'Oléron uses donkeys to assist in its beach cleaning operations. About fifty beach clean-up operations were organised during the year with the participation of many volunteers and students (secondary school, college and school students). Working in this way has made it possible to collect micro-waste from beaches while preserving the unique sea foreshore and the ecosystems of the beach and dune.

New urban economic models : what will urban services operators look like ?

“What will urban service operators look like?” is the synthesis of a working group led by the French Network for Sustainable City on new urban economic models applied to the three main sectors, namely circular economy, real estate and energy performance. This analytical, sectoral and prospective study focused on the change factors in urban services tied to the digital revolution and resource scarcity. As such, it envisages the faces of tomorrow’s urban service operators for each of these sectors.

The "Recycl'Lab" room and the "Tri Truck" vehicle, new awareness and prevention tools

The Recycl'Lab is a collaborative space, a showcase for projects led by Greater Reims on waste prevention. It is a pedagogical space intended for all audiences in the region. The watchwords of the undertaking are REDUCE, RECYCLE and REUSE. Four associations welcome local residents to the Recycl'Lab:

-Vel'Oxygène, which will run bicycle repair workshops,

- The SEL (Local Exchange System) in Reims, which offers a collaborative vision of service exchanges,

- The JCE (Junior Chamber of Commerce) in Reims, which is setting up a library of tools on loan or lease,

New urban economic models: the role of waste management operators against the circular economy

This case study was carried out as part of the “New Urban Economic Model” working group set up by the French Network for Sustainable City. Its objective is to provide a sectoral and prospective analysis of circular economy operators in light of the recent developments, particularly the digital revolution and the hybridisation of services impacting the waste management sector.

Digital transport 4 Africa : a digital platform to improve mobility in Africa

Africa is in a historic phase of rapid city building. It is creating transport infrastructure and systems that will shape the continent far into the future.

Making these transport systems safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable for all is fundamental to livable, productive, low carbon and healthy African cities.

Most African cities rely on some form of semi-formal transport, often minibuses, dominated by fragmented private operators.

Real estate as a service

This case study was carried out as part of the “New Urban Economic Model” working group set up by the French Network for Sustainable City. Its objective is to analyse changes in the real estate sector based on the main factors influencing changes in urban services. To this end, it presents 3 prospective profiles corresponding to the new economic models of real estate operators, which have  become service-oriented.

Urban Resources Management : making smart choices for the evolution of the city

The URM approach aims to provide territories foresight and potential local opportunities identification to give decision-makers comprehensive and geo-localized evidence about anticipated and possible future change in resources consumption and needs, houses to renovate or build, citizens to host.

Biodiversity Marathon

The ambition of the "Marathon for Biodiversity" project initiated by the Saône Beaujolais community of communes is to preserve and create or restore 42 km of hedges and 42 ponds in the 42 communes in the area.

This restoration of ecological environments will follow a precise mapping of the hedges and ponds present on the land that makes up the community of communes.

This project is one of the nominees for the 28th edition of the Eco Action Trophies, the leading sustainable development competition for local communities, organised by the Les Eco Maires association.

Sustainable management of public spaces by preserving biodiversity

As part of its Agenda 21, Champcueil is committed to preserving biodiversity, improving water management and improving the living conditions of its inhabitants. Many actions have therefore been implemented to meet these objectives, such as the installation of river water reclaimers, the installation of nesting boxes and insect hotels and the greening of a cycle path with fruit trees.

Requalification of a wasteland as a shared public garden and an evolving green theatre

As part of its sustainable development policy, Champneuville has initiated the conversion of a wasteland into a "multifunctional" place, taking the form of a shared garden as well as a theatre and playground for all generations.

This garden is intended to encourage participation and has therefore been designed with the residents for a better appropriation of the place by its users.

Rouen Luciline: an Eco-neighbourhood contributing to the fight against global warming

In 2014, a project to convert an industrial port wasteland into an eco-neighbourhood was launched near the historic centre of Rouen. This programme intends to focus on three priorities: the preservation of biodiversity and soils, the construction of a mixed eco-neighbourhood, in particular through the construction of social rental housing and shops, and alternative water management to combat heat islands and collect the Luciline River, previously channelled.

AudaCities : Innovating and governing in the real digital city

Digital technology has taken over cities, but not at all in the way the “smart city” scenario tells us. It has indeed deeply transformed the lives of city dwellers and the functioning of certain urban services, but it has done so without any existing strategic input from actors working in urban planning, particularly from public authorities. Through case study analysis, this project seeks to identify the collaboration challenges between new digital actors and traditional actors, notably local authorities .

Development of the heating network using household waste

Based on the heat production inherent in the incineration of household waste, the city of Plaisir wishes to increase the reuse capacity of this heat source, by doubling the length of the network to supply additional neighbourhoods and residences along the existing network route. There are multiple objectives:

-to reduce energy costs for heating buildings,

-to preserve the environment by using waste heat (zero pollution),

Mobility agency in EcoCities

A center for mobility or mobility agency is one of the tools of transport management in a territory. It supports changes in travel habits of the population, by offering multimodal information to transport users, as well as advice and mobility services. The center for mobility or mobility agency can also carry out local events, network actors and operators of mobility services of the territory. It can also support a local authority in its mobility policy.