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Nantes has been awarded European Green Capital for 2013

Located on the Loire River, close to the Atlantic Coast, Nantes is France's sixth largest city, with a metropolitan district of almost 600.000 inhabitants. Nantes Métropole, an area famous for its attractiveness, is committed to a sustainable urban development strategy with a multi-sector approach. 

Nantes is engaged in the construction of four eco-districts which will help in achieving the reduction objectives of the environmental impact of transportation of people and goods, and to offer a multi-modal alternative to the use of private vehicles.

The development of heat networks is one of the major focuses of Nantes public energy policy. These networks, fed by renewable energies, can in fact lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and thus limit increases in energy prices for a maximum number of residents.

The city of Nantes also emphasises the preservation of urban biodiversity. The development of existing fauna and green spaces plays an important role in the city's development plans.

Moreover, during the last ten years, Nantes has developed a sustainable transport policy, with an emphasis on public transport and cycle tracks. The city's objectives are set out in the Urban Mobility Plan. The 2010-2015 plan, with targets for 2030, envisages a harmonious balance between private cars and more ecologically friendly modes of transport: pedestrian, cycle or bus routes. For example, the latest project to date, the "Chronobus» (a high-tech public transport system) will enable to double the current size of Nantes' transport network. The system already guarantees that 95% of homes are within 300 metres of a transit stop. With four lines opened in 2012 and six more planned, the "Chronobus" will carry some 100.000 passengers each day.

An ambitious eco-district project is in the process of being developed on Nantes Island (Ile de Nantes). This project aims to provide approximately 1 million square metres of additional living space. It is also designed to revitalise a large area of brownfield sites. The conversion of these 350 hectares will provide accommodation for 20.000 residents in the heart of the city. Nantes Island redevelopment project will offer urban heating and cooling systems, public transport stations, composting units and an advanced waste management system. A cycle route around the island and a photovoltaic power generation station will also be integrated in this project. The redevelopment of Nantes Island constitutes one of the largest urban city-centre projects being undertaken in France to date.

Nantes has been awarded European Green Capital in 2013 and received the European "Civitas Award 2009" for its sustainable mobility policy. It also received a prize from the French government for its Prairie-au-Duc eco-district.