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Addressing urban heat islands in the Mediterranean region


Smart buildings
17/06/2015

By ENGIE

closure date
04/12/2015

Winners :

ECIC

Institut INSPIRE


Global warming, urban densification and human activity have been leading to increasing temperatures in cities. In this context, new solutions are needed to counteract the development of urban heat islands and to improve quality of life in Mediterranean cities.


Purpose of the call for projects:

To propose innovative solutions for counteracting the effects of urban heat islands in cities around the Mediterranean. Projects being presented could take various forms, and could involve technical or service-type solutions.


Deadline for project submission: December 4th 2015


Who is this call for projects for?

Startups, young innovative companies, students, researchers, but also SMEs, business/professional consortiums in urban engineering and project design (architects/urban planners/engineers/landscape architects, etc.)

Rewards and benefits for selected projects:

This call for projects represents a real opportunity for participants to develop their idea and get publicity for it, as well as to potentially benefit from expert assistance from ENGIE and its partners in the call for projects.

Selected project teams will be able to:

- present their innovative solution for ENGIE executives and partners in the call for projects, local players and decision makers, potential clients, professionals, journalists and the general public.

- get tailored assistance from ENGIE and partners in the call for projects to help develop business partnerships for the project

- make use of a location for testing, experimenting with and demonstrating their project at full scale

- get put into contact with each other to develop partnerships leading to the combination of certain projects or the development of new solutions

Winning projects could be presented to ENGIE’s New Ventures investment fund.

Detailed description:

To combat the urban heat island effect in cities of the Mediterranean region, ENGIE and a number of institutional, economic and non-profit partners are launching a call for innovative solutions.

Proposed solutions must be able to be developed over the short or medium terms

They must also be able to be commercialized and/or exported.

They must be innovative, whether in terms of technologies they incorporate, focus on a “low tech” approach, or deal with services, particularly those that inform decision-making (diagnostics, project management, etc.) or concrete and technical responses to the open question of how to better live in an urban context in the Mediterranean region.

The projects, whatever their scale or level of intervention, must result in improvements in combatting urban heat islands and improving the comfort and quality of life for urban city center users and residents, and potentially other additional benefits, whether environmental (biodiversity, waste), social (urban agriculture, etc.) or economic, following the principles of multifunctional use and not causing further environmental degradation.

Responses to the call for projects can have to do with overall solutions or individual “bricks” at a micro scale or that of a building. However, they must be relevant and specific to the urban heat islands in the Mediterranean.

The projects involving existing urban development zones will get particular attention from the selection Committee.

The projects submitted will remain the property of their respective owners. The Group may nevertheless propose an economic collaboration that will be negotiated case-by-case.

Examples of solutions being sought out:

- Engineering, services: systems for improving diagnostics/decision-making

- Emergence of accessible techniques for measuring and modeling, analyzing and managing flows of traffic and people

- Passive technical solutions (recladding surface materials, natural ventilation, new plantings, etc.)

- Active technical solutions (thermal smart grids, storage systems, etc.)

- Solutions for avoiding the creation of urban heat islands during the densification of existing urban tissue, particularly as regards the ALUR Law.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

- Appropriateness given the subject

- Originality/innovative nature (new technologies/approaches/procedures)

- Feasibility

- Project’s capacity for being rapidly tested and/or implemented

- Coherence of the planned business model

- Suitability of the technology to the proposed usages

- Societal, environmental and energy performance

- Respect of current rules and regulations

Provisional calendar and selection procedure:

June 17th: Launch of the call for projects during ENGIE’s Innovation Day in Marseille at the MuCEM

Candidates must participate in one of the two pitch sessions to be held on :

  • November 23rd, 2015: pitch session in Montpellier (Languedoc Roussillon), Sign up
  • November 26th 2015: pitch session in Aix en Provence, (Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur) Sign up

December 4th, 2015: deadline for submissions.

By the end of 2015 : Announcement of the winning project.

Winners will be selected based on their pitches and their application files.


Partners of the Call for Projects and the selection committee

- Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)

- Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AViTeM)

- Regional Agency for Innovation and Company Internationalization in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (ARII PACA)

- Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations (CDC)

- Cité des énergies

- Cofely Ineo, ENGIE Group

- Cofely Services, ENGIE Group

- Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

- Envirobat BDM

- Etablissement Public d'Aménagement Euroméditerranée

- Stéphane HANROT, Architect and Research Director, Professor at the National School of Architecture of Marseille, Director of doctoral training and the PROJECT[s] laboratory.

Presentation of the partners for this call for projects

ENGIE’s overall innovation strategy involves co-building tomorrow’s solutions with the entire range of innovative actors: startups, innovative companies, inventors, etc.

The ENGIE Group has provided itself a number of tools to promote open innovation and to be present in this ecosystem, including the ENGIE New Ventures investment fund, which has a 100 million budget for taking minority stakes in startups in their development phases.

The Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) ADEME participates in the implementation of public policies in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy, soil conservation, resources and raw materials, waste management, air quality, and combatting noise pollution. ADEME shares its expertise and advisory capabilities with businesses, local governments, public authorities and the general public to help them to advance in their approaches to the environment. It also helps to finance projects, from research to implementation, in its areas of intervention.

Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AVItem): The Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Regions aims to contribute to meeting the challenges of urban and territorial development through democratic governance in the Mediterranean, with the goal of creating a process for exchanging experiences, expertise, training and cooperation in order to promote integrated approaches and examples of urban and regional development in the countries that form the Union for the Mediterranean.

The Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of Businesses (ARII) in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur is the new economic development agency set up by the Regional Council, the State, the CCI Region, BPI France and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. It aims to create jobs in areas of strategic activity with high growth, to enhance the identity and attractiveness of the region, to support the development of businesses internationally and to move towards the energy transition.

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC): Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiaries are a public group that serves France’s general interest and economic development, with the long term ambition of being an operative actor in major economic transitions currently underway in the fields of energy, ecology, digital affairs and territorial organization.

Caisse des Dépôts uses its financial resources and engineering capabilities to support innovation, which is an engine of this economic transition and of competitiveness in the local areas.

The City of Energy: Launched in 2011, The City of Energy, a project focused CEATECH PACA, aims to improve the competitiveness of individual French companies in the field of renewable energy. The project focuses on three main strategies: experimentation on large solar thermal or photovoltaic demonstrators, production and energy efficiency for Mediterranean buildings, user behavior, bio-sourced industries, and biofuels, and Research on microalgae.

Cofely Ineo, ENGIE Group: a major player in electrical engineering, information and communication systems and related services, Cofely Ineo is involved in industrial and tertiary electrical projects, energy networks, public lighting, transport and telecommunications infrastructure, global security, energy production, information systems and outsourcing. www.cofelyineo-gdfsuez.com

Cofely Services, ENGIE Group: As a services company working in energy and environmental efficiency, and a major actor in the energy transition, Cofely Services provides companies and communities with solutions for how to best use their energy and reduce their environmental impact. Its expertise is based on know-how that yields results over the long term: designing, operating and distributing local and renewable energy; controling and optimizing the energy performance of buildings and equipment; educating occupants by providing quality services and daily comfort. www.cofelyservices-gdfsuez.fr

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region: helps implement the energy and ecological transition in the fields of building, land and territories and the development of new economic sectors related to these issues

Envirobat BDM: Envirobat-BDM is a Law 1901-registered association recognized as a sustainable building cluster and resource center that develops a participatory approach to the construction/rehabilitation of the sustainable environment and the overall quality of construction, rehabilitation and development projects. www.envirobat-med.net and www.polebdm.eu

Euroméditerranée Public Development: The Euroméditerranée operation was launched in 1995 to address deteriorating economic and social conditions and to allow Marseille to play its role as a transport hub between Europe and the Mediterranean. Today, Euroméditerranée is the largest urban renewal project in a city center in Europe: 480 hectares, 5,000 housing units built or rehabilitated, 19,000 jobs created and 800 companies founded. Labeled an “EcoCité”, the site is the exemplary project in terms of development and sustainable Mediterranean construction.


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