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France’s Eco-cities

France is set to have 13 ecocities over the next 25 years

In France, as in most contries, the majority of people live in cities. The current lifestyle of urban population is not sustainable because of the environmental impact. Because of it, many urban planners are thinking about ways to accomdate new inhabitants but in a sustainable way. France is trying to to catch up with other European countries in terms of creating eco-cities.

The “cities of tomorrow”, launched by President Nicolas Sarkozy is not only an attempt to revive the French economy, but also stimulate at the top level the active planning of sustainable urban development.

A sustainable city can feed itself with minimal reliance on the surrounding countryside, creative eco-designs, and power itself with renewable sources of energy. By doing so such a city can reduce or even eliminate the environmental cost of city living.

These are the selected towns and cities:

  • Bordeaux
  • Rennes
  • Strasbourg/Kehl
  • Plaine Commune
  • Montpellier
  • Nantes Saint-Nazaire
  • Metz
  • Clermont-Ferrand
  • Grenoble
  • Marseille
  • Nice
  • La Reunion
  • Pays Haut Val d’Alzette

Ecocities: Graphic interventions for a greener future

Monday 30 April, 2012 | Donna Willis

Postscript

The plans also fit into France’s obligations under the European Union’s 20-20-20 target which aims to reduce greenhouse gases by 20 per cent of 1990 levels, provide 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources and cut energy consumption by 20 per cent – all by 2020.

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