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Marseille Euroméditerranée

Marseille : a Mediterranean model of sustainable development

Launched over ten years ago in Marseille, the “Euroméditerranée” project is of international scope, involving the renovation of an area of 480 hectares in the heart of the city, between the commercial harbour, “Vieux-Port” and the train station.

"Euroméediterranée" is a 7 billion euro operation supported by the French government, the local authorities and the European Union. It is a matter of redeveloping the site as an attractive and influential hub connecting Europe and the Mediterranean. Labelled an "EcoCité" by the French government, "Euroméditerranée" represents a Mediterranean model of sustainable development, with :

► the implementation of renewable and innovative energy systems,

► the development of ICT companies,

► the promotion of low carbon transport (car sharing, etc.),

► the introduction of smart grids.

The "Euroméditerranée " project will aim, over the next 15 years, to acquire 2.000.000 square metres of housing, offices and shopping centres, as well as a 14 hectare park. This will provide accommodation for 30.000 residents.

With the doubling of the business district (with a total of 1.000.000 square metres of office space), "Euroméditerranée" plans to attract new companies, thus permitting the creation of 20.000 new jobs.


The "Euroméditerranée" development is based on five integrated principles :

 Bioclimatic conceptualisation to urban planning and architecture,

► a social mix that is functional and inter-generational,

► reduction of health (soil pollution and air quality) and natural (flooding) risks, climate management, biodiversity and urban quality,

► low carbon mobility,

► nature in the city (a regional project), which is a particular part of the energy strategy (a reduction in the urban heat island phenomenon).

By using a "low cost and easy tech" approach, "Euroméditerranée" promotes innovation and experimentation in new energies, preservation of the environment and integration in a difficult economic and social context.

The aim is to find the best compromise between environmental quality, technical and economic viability, as well as functionality. Like, for example, the "boucle Thalassothermie" project that aims to develop energy networks based on geothermal marine energy. This innovative system must be able to provide temperatures suited to the season (warm in winter and cold in summer) in all the buildings within the perimeter, through a network of heat pumps.