Eiffage presents its vision for a sustainable city in 2030
On Thursday 4 April 2013, as part of Sustainable Development Week, Eiffage will present its vision for a sustainable city in 2030, in partnership with Dassault Systèmes, world leader in 3-D design software, and POMA, world leading cable transport system company, at a conference organised in Paris.
In 2007, Eiffage set up “Phosphore”, its own research and prospective laboratory specialised in sustainable urban development, drawing contributions from colleagues in all the Group’s divisions - construction, public works, energy, metals and concessions – as well as from experts in the urbanism, climate and social sciences sectors. Within this framework, Eiffage teams carried out life-size studies for three different areas presenting very different climate and geographical issues - Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) and the Grenoble Urban District (Isère) – focusing on the challenges arising from climate change and appropriate solutions to these.
Eiffage is not only interested in channelling its research and development efforts into new construction methods and processes that produce less greenhouse gas emissions, it is also seeking to adopt a truly global approach to sustainable urban development. In addition to the issue of climate change, Phosphore also takes into account socio-demographic developments – divorce, changing family structures, aging population – and their impact in terms of requirements (housing, urban services,…). Phosphore seeks to promote solutions that break with traditional techniques and which focus more on the user.
At its side is Dassault Systèmes Design Studio, which provides expertise in industrial design, interface design, mobility systems 3-D conceptual design, enabling proposals from Phosphore to be projected and validated. And with its cable systems, POMA provides a low-carbon and flexible transport solution. Its partnership with Eiffage aims to demonstrate the feasibility of this mode of transport in an urban environment, by proposing cabins that meet current and future public transport standards and by validating their total compatibility with existing transport networks.