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Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur

Nice : the second tourist destination in France

Nice Côte d'Azur is a city of 550.000 inhabitants, which covers 120 kilometres of coastline and 40 kilometres of beaches, making it the second tourist destination in France.


The city is a leading example with regard to urban innovation in particular, in terms of services provided to users and at the local economic development level. It emphasises an integrated approach, bringing public and private stakeholders together in a perspective of better urban management and improve awareness of consumers' expectations. For example, with over 70 million bus passengers per year, the inhabitants take great advantage of "Autobleue", the first large-scale 100% electric car-sharing service to be launched in France.



Two smart grid projects, supported by ADEME in the frame of the Investment for the Future programme, are currently in development in the territory :

► The "REFLEXE" (Réponse de Flexibilité Electrique - Electrical Flexibility Response) pioneering project is the fruit of collaboration between the Veolia Environnement, Alstom grid, Sagemcom groups, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA - INES) and Supélec engineering school. Driven by Veolia Environments’ Research and Innovation Division, the "REFLEXE" project is planning to introduce a demonstration smart grid in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (PACA) region within three and a half years to optimise energy consumption management. What truly sets REFLEXE apart from other experiments is its "systemic" approach, which aims to bring all stakeholders and sources of electricity together under a single operational structure, to coordinate the various components of the system in real time, in order to maintain balance in the electricity grid.

► "Nice Grid" is the first French full-scale demonstration project of a smart solar district. The project aims at developing several micro grids with integrated renewable energy sources and electricity storage. The objective is to provide optimised energy management and increased energy autonomy to a region providing only 40% of the electricity it consumes.



Nice stands out through various eco-district projects, such as for example :

► Saint-Martin-du-Var eco-district is based on the development of an economic policy favouring a three-pronged strategy of Training-Research-Enterprise in line with local development. This project is part of the “Plaine du Var Valley” project which aims to become a global model in sustainable urban planning, with a particular focus on energy and carbon saving. This project has received the “Operation of National Interest” (Opération d’Intérêt National) label. The project implements the most advanced technologies in town planning, building and energy. Many companies are involved in this large-scale operation, in particular: Vinci, Suez Environnement, EDF, GDF, Veolia, Bouygues, Cisco, IBM, Orange Lab and Thales. Plaine du Var Eco-Valley was selected as one of the 13 EcoCities by the French Government in 2009.

 Cap Azur eco-district, in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, has emphasised renewable energies and the limitation of energy needs in buildings. This project has, for example, served to test the effectiveness of an innovative sustainable solution for heat recovery from sewage water. A system enabling to recover the calorie from the waste water from the new municipal sewage treatment plant to process heat. This project was awarded in the "Ecological Performance - Innovation" category in the French government's 2011 call for Eco-district projects.

Nice is the only French city to have won the "IBM Smarter Cities Challenge". It is in fact, the first city in Europe to use NFC (Near Field Communication) data communication technology.