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Can the city of Astana become a role model for urban sustainability? French companies mobilize

Sustainable mobility

On May 21, 2015, the first “sustainable city demonstrator” named Astainable® (contraction of Astana and Sustainable) will be presented to the Mayor of Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city, on the occasion of Astana’s Economic Forum. Led by a consortium formed by EIFFAGE, Egis and ENGIE, in partnership with “Astana Innovations”- a branch of the municipality- and backed by the French umbrella brand “Vivapolis”, the project incorporates the best of French innovative solutions in the area of sustainable development.

Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city since 1997, is a typical example of rapid urbanization.

The city has a 700 km² surface area (7 times the surface of Paris) where skyscrapers go side-by-side with green areas and all are circled by four thermal plants, 100% coal-fired. Located at the heart of the steppe, the air temperature range of Astana is typical of an extreme continental climate (over 40°C in the summer and minus 40°C in the winter) and is predicted a water shortage by 2030. Moreover, 97% of the city wastes are landfilled. Astana has been chosen to organize the next World Fair, Astana Expo-2017, on the theme of “Future Energy”: a great challenge for the city and all dedicated teams! Such was the content of the call for projects won by the EIFFAGE, Egis and ENGIE consortium in February 2014.

Supporting the city of Astana in its transition towards urban sustainability: how?

Seven innovative solutions developed in France by the ENGIE group were selected*. “Astainable®, the 3D urban design tool developed by French agency Enodo, provides a wide range of French technical and technological solutions suitable for Astana’s territory with regard to energy, sustainable construction, urban ecosystems and mobility”, claims Catherine Mantel, Project Director in charge of the CIS region at ENGIE, co-leader of the project. The objective is to reach a 30% share of Renewable Energy in the energy mix by 2030.

14 competitive clusters were used as points of entry to start-ups and VSEs/SMEs

“2000 French companies were thus contacted and 360 innovative solutions selected. As to the specific matter of energy, it was CRIGEN experts (ENGIE’s Energy R&D Lab) who developed energy scenarios and qualified solutions”, specifies Joëlle Gitton, co-leader of the project and Coordinator of the “City and Building of tomorrow” corporate program within ENGIE’s Research and Technology Department.

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*Heating network management (COFELY Réseaux), Cooling system dimensioning and management (Climespace), Decentralized buildings’ management (COFELY Inéo), Coal-fired thermal power plant’s efficiency enhancement (Laborelec), Smart Grid and electricity storage (COFELY Inéo SCLE SFE), - Cit’Ease city management (ENGIE) and High voltage solar thermal power (Clipsol)

Source: Axelle de Guelz

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