at 10H30 | 520 BE

Cities in Transition: Smart and Resilient

Moderated by: Nicolas Turgeon, Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec
Sustainable cities

- Nice Côte d'Azur, a european pionneer, innovative & leader smart city

Presentation of innovative smartgrid & smartcity pilot projects in Nice-Côte d'Azur region (France)

- Laval, an Urban City in Nature

Long known as a dormitory area, Laval is currently undergoing a major transformation. Located north of Montreal, this suburban town of 435,000 inhabitants has been making a massive shift to become a modern city that protects its natural environments and favours sustainable mobility.By adopting a strategic vision in 2015, dubbed “Urbaine de nature” (Urban by nature), Laval clearly positioned itself to become a greener and more sustainable city. We will go over the new Land Use Development Plan adopted in 2017 and the specific actions taken to attain the goals set forth in said plan. We will also talk about Laval’s greenhouse gas offset program, its advances in terms of sustainable mobility, its strategy for the acquisition of natural areas, its work in partnership with organizations in the field, its major shift in terms of waste management, as well as the recasting of its urban planning regulations. The aforementioned regulations are intended to be the building blocks of the new Laval: a modern city that’s urban by nature.

- Heat networks and fatal energy : the strategy of the European Metropolis of Lille

The European Metropolis of Lille (MEL), with 1.2 million inhabitants, is one of the most important Metropolises of France located in the heart of a living basin of more than 40 million citizens in the North of Europe. With the adoption of its massive heat network development strategy in December 2018 using its own energy resources, the MEL clearly positioned itself at the heart of the 3rd industrial revolution by combining energy independence and circular economy. From its fatal heat resources, the territory offers its citizens a clean, economic and resilient energy while being disconnected from the fluctuations of fossil fuels. It is also a territory that will derive new and sustainable revenues from its energy resources to carry low carbon policies. By 2030/2040 100,000 homes will be supplied, mainly located in energy-poor neighborhoods and more than 50% of the energy consumed will come from fatal heat energy.