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Planning for the resilience of a city

Gérard MestralletChairman of ENGIE

Gérard Mestrallet Chairman of ENGIE

ON the path toward excellence, climate change appears as a major challenge for cities. Local authorities have to take urban vulnerabilities into their decision-making processes. With respect to Shanghai, a twin-pronged approach could be set to deal with climate risks.

Research shows that both efforts to reduce future climate changes and efforts to reduce vulnerability of society are needed in order to minimize the damages from human-caused climate change. Such efforts can also increase the resilience of the city and adapt the city to the pace and magnitude of changes that will occur.

More specifically, by developing a vision of “smart city,” Shanghai has the full potential to achieve its objective. Using digital technologies to facilitate the understanding of the urban challenges through modelling, simulation, visualization, and communication, is a way to make the city resilient and friendly to its citizens.

In order to help cities and regions transform themselves into sustainable, efficient and attractive communities, ENGIE deploys technologies tailored to each context and as a precise response to the specific challenges such as urban planning, responsible use of resources and energy consumption.

Smart digital energy network can adjust supply to needs by measuring consumption at real time, which helps reduce the environmental footprint. ENGIE Ineo is currently testing the first smart grid for an entire business park in France: installed in a business park in Toulouse, this smart grid provides a backbone for the interconnection of energy consuming installations, energy generating plants (including 300kWp from solar panels and 60kW from wind turbines) and energy storage to achieve the optimum balance between power generation and consumption in real time.

Heating and cooling solutions are the most efficient way to massively substitute fossil fuels by low- and no-carbon renewables in city centers. CLIMESPACE, a subsidiary of ENGIE, is the specialist in the cooling of tertiary sector buildings in dense urban environments. It operates in Paris and develops one of the largest district cooling systems in the world and the largest in Europe.

Green mobility solutions rang from fuel substitution to multi-modal transportation infrastructure design and information systems. More than 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations and a network of 200 natural gas vehicle stations for heavy duty vehicles have been deployed by ENGIE in Europe. Furthermore, 130 public transportation networks worldwide are using ENGIE’s computer-aided dispatch and passenger information systems.

Digital systems and platforms for city decision-makers: designed by ENGIE and SUEZ in partnership with the local authority of Courbevoie, France, Cit’Ease is an interactive control panel that centralizes every type of urban data, from energy to water, waste, mobility, noise, security and the living environment. It therefore offers decision-makers of the city, technical managers and local stakeholders an overview of every aspect of every urban issue to enable more effective management of the city. Built in conjunction with decision-makers of the city and local stakeholders as part of a shared innovation initiative, the Cit’Ease concept adapts to accommodate the challenges specific to every urban environment.

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