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Strasbourg : one of the most innovative cities

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region in the east of France and has a population of over 275.000 residents. As the seat of many European and international institutions, in particular the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, the city is considered as the legislative and democratic capital of the European Union.

Strasbourg Urban Community has undertaken to reduce its carbon footprint and has set ambitious targets for 2020, namely:

► To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% as compared with 1990.

► To save 30% of its total energy consumption.

► To increase the renewable energies share of energy consumption from 20 to 30%.

In order to achieve its objectives, the city has implemented several measures, in particular the development of six eco-districts that are included in the Regional Climate Plan. These projects focus on the sustainable construction sector, with the development of model building and residential housing using innovative methods and efficient renewable energy systems. Many national and international companies are implicated in these sustainable urban development projects that have great economic and ecological potential in the area of green innovation.


Strasbourg is one of the most innovative cities in terms of sustainable mobility and encourages the use of "soft” modes of transportation, as with EDF and Toyota partnership, which provided a fleet of 100 rechargeable hybrid vehicles for companies and local authority bodies. Strasbourg has been named France’s most "bike-friendly" city in France, due to its promotion of the use of bikes through its successful bike-sharing system called "Vélhop". In addition, the city has also developed a long-term project designed to increase pedestrian walkways.  As part of this project, Strasbourg’s historic centre, the “Grande île", classified World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, has been transformed into a pedestrian’s priority zone. Finally, the city has the number one tramway network in France, covering 56 kilometres with six lines and 69 stations, serving 300.000 passengers each day.

Located close to Germany alongside the Rhine RIVER, one of Europe's busiest commercial rivers, the city has a great tradition of cross-border cooperation, which is reflected in the "Deux Rives" project that includes the extension of the tram network to cross the Rhine River to Kehl (Germany) and increase cross-fluvial collaboration.