Filed under: Sustainability in France | Tags: Energy, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Liveable Cities, Sustainable Cities, The Green Take, Transport, Urbanism, Waste Management
In Europe, no less than 74% of the people are living in urban areas. Paris is among the top 3 largest cities in Europe with 6.4 million inhabitants, including suburbs. The growing population density brings a number of challenges such as increased energy consumption, traffic congestion, pollution and resource scarcity.
Fortunately, a great number of enterprises and public bodies are starting to introduce new plans and technologies to contribute to the development of sustainable cities, such as the The Hague municipality, and Dutch energy provider Eneco.
If we look at a city as a ‘living being’, with all its buildings, streets, inhabitants, enterprises, we recognize different streams that enter, are used by and sometimes leave the city. Think about energy, water, primary resources and waste.
If the city were one living being, how should we manage all different streams (‘flux’) ? What role to play for the private sector parties that bring specific solutions ? What are responsibilities of municipalities, the territories, the national government or the European Union ? How should we develop our cities in such as way to guarantee a good quality of live respecting environment – for the benefit of ourselves as well as our children ? I invite you to share your thoughts by sending your ideas via email or posting them on this blog.
For those living near Paris : On the 15th of March 2011 in Paris the seminar ‘Ville de demain : une ville qui respire’ will be organised. Senior speakers will share their views on the particular challenges of our future cities and the systematic approach that is needed. Among the key note speakers will be a Paris suburb mayor, the Sustainability Director of a large fastmoving company and French largest energy provider as well as a waste management company and urbanism specialist.
The seminar is organised by the network ‘Femmes & Développement Durable’ (women and sustainability). Inscription for this particular seminar is open to both women and men. Note that the working language will be French. For more information look at : http://femmesdd.hautetfort.com/.
Sources : http://www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/population.html, National Geographic ‘Planet Earth’, edition 2009, Washington DC, http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Urban_rankings