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Bordeaux : a city working toward a sustainable future

Bordeaux offers to its population 730.000 residents an ambitious sustainable future project. The city complies with European "Cit'ergie" certification requirements and is one of France's most active cities in the area of climate and energy.

Since 2010, Bordeaux has been taking part in the “Euratlantique” project, one of France's largest urban development projects, which includes three cities and both banks of the Garonne river. Set up to create space for 25.000 new residents and as many new jobs, "Bordeaux Euratlantique" promotes the eco-construction of buildings through the latest breakthroughs in terms of energy management technology. In the frame of this project, Bordeaux has installed in partnership with Bouygues Immobilier, a smart grid to optimise energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, while maintaining high levels of comfort and environmental quality.

Bordeaux has set up several eco-districts recognised at national level for their environmental performance. The eco-district of Bassins-à-Flot for example, uses recycled water from the city's purification system for energy and it currently runs at 70% through renewable energy sources. The GINKO eco-district for its part, has a heating system that operates with 100% renewable energy, and has won numerous awards for its sustainability including : the 2009 prize for energy sobriety and renewable energy, awarded by the French government in the context of the eco-district competition, and the 2011 prize for social and economic quality, awarded by the SNAL (Syndicat National des Aménageurs Lotisseurs).

The city is focussing on the development of positive energy. In 2012, EDF Énergies Nouvelles invested 55 million euros to create a solar power plant in Bordeaux. With 60.000 panels over more than 20 hectares it produces the equivalent of 5000 homes’ energy needs.

Bordeaux is also focussing on eco-experimentation in order to create sustainable energy resources. For example, the river Garonne functions as an estuary-current-power producer, but also as a site for study and experimentation.

Bordeaux is also investing great effort in projects to integrate nature into urban development. In fact, 55.000 hectares of green space have now been incorporated into the city's urban area in order to reinforce its nature capital.

The Darwin ecosystem is a perfect illustration of the ecological transition that Bordeaux wishes to introduce. This 20 million euros project is designed to use : low energy construction, renewable energies, a zero waste policy, rainwater recycling and collection, promotion of eco-mobility, short supply chains and a circular economy, as well as sharing and pooling.

In addition to its ecological transition objectives, the city of Bordeaux is being transformed into a high-tech centre through the development of innovative technologies. In particular through its "Bordeaux Cité Digitale" (Bordeaux Digital City) programme which emphasises digital transition into the city of tomorrow with the introduction of OpenData and NFC (Near Field Communication).