The City and Building of Tomorrow
Today, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. In 2050, that percentage will have risen to more than 70%. So sustainable urban planning is inevitably a major challenge for the Group. What needs to be done? It’s all about well-informed management of resources, the integration of energy from renewable sources, reducing greenhouse gases and ensuring personal safety and mobility. The energy expertise of GDF SUEZ positions the Group as a key player in the future development of our cities.
Building innovative solutions and putting people at the heart of everything
The ‘City and Building of Tomorrow’ program supports the development of GDF SUEZ solutions for tomorrow’s cities, communities and buildings. Its ultimate aim is to help local authorities to respond successfully to the environmental and energy challenges they face.
The program involves:
- A methodology for the renewal of urban spaces and buildings, combined with packages of solutions to achieve the BBC (Low-Energy Building) certification standard
- Evaluating the energy and environmental impacts of eco-community projects
- Projects that demonstrate effective energy and environmental solutions
The program also develops solutions for sustainable mobility:
- Diagnostic systems for the environmental and economic optimization of vehicle fleets
- Analysis and integration of electric vehicle charging terminals as part of infrastructure projects
- The combination of fuel cells and electric vehicles
The program also highlights the Group’s position on developing the cities of tomorrow by considering and discussing the following issues:
- Are zero-carbon buildings achievable?
- What practical solutions are available for positive energy buildings?
- What will vehicles be used for in the future?
- The development of concept cars (hybrid vehicles and scooters running on VNG cartridges)
- Understanding the expectations and behavior of city dwellers
Lastly, this program contributes to solving the challenges of the smart city by integrating information and communication technologies to develop new services for citizens.
An innovative gas solution: residential natural gas micro-heat and power plants
A fuel cell that converts natural gas into electricity and/or heat noiselessly and with no pollution: that’s the principle behind the eco-generator, a new product now emerging in the European market. It has been developed by the 27 members of the ENE FIELD consortium. Eco-generators look as if they might be exceptionally efficient natural gas-based solutions. The aim of the project is to install 1,000 micro-heating power plants of this type in Europe. Launched in 2012, this 5-year program will evaluate the performance of micro-generation in the residential sector, accelerate its market launch and reduce its production cost.
GDF SUEZ innovations for the city of tomorrow
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