May 1st 2018
Nowadays, cities occupy 2% of the world's surface. In this space, in addition to living 50% of the planet's population, more than 85% of production activities take place and 75% of raw materials are consumed, returning the same percentage in greenhouse gases.
Looking at our country, the annual report of Legambiente shows that in 2017 as many as 39 Italian cities have repeatedly exceeded the maximum limits of pollution required by law and Northern Italy, with the Po Valley, is the most critical area.
Change of pace
Today it is extremely urgent to make a change of common step in favor of the environment, both to meet the objectives set by the SEN, and to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, flexible and sustainable")
Moving in this direction means reducing the negative effects of the environmental impact generated by cities, in particular in terms of air quality, through more inclusive and sustainable forms of urbanization, based on a participatory, integrated and sustainable approach to urban planning.
Achieving this goal is possible and it is also confirmed by a recent UN study that shows how energy consumption in buildings can be reduced by 80%.
Cities and buildings are therefore the areas in which it is necessary to promote a model of development in which to combine innovation, sustainability and development, to support future growth.
Circular Smart City
It is therefore essential to adopt a new approach of "regeneration" of cities, buildings and their infrastructures, thanks to the use of cutting-edge tools, new logics and renewed actors.
At ENGIE, we see a model of the city "Circular Smart City", which comes from the merging of the "Smart" perspective - driven by sustainable innovation - with the "Circular" model able to create a model to pursue to design the evolution of urbanism, mobility, energy systems and the internal biosystem.
In this new perspective energy companies play a leading role because they can bring their added value in the areas of efficiency, decentralization, IoT, digitalisation and the circular economy.
ENGIE, architect of the territory
In ENGIE we are committed to seizing the challenges of the ongoing revolution and we work every day alongside the city's institutions, developing solutions that can effectively support cities to pursue the objectives of Circular Smart City and, in general, and to help fight effectively climate change.
We want to promote the development of Circular Smart Cities, so as to improve the quality of life of people, through the creation of decentralized energy production systems and renewable sources, the construction a multi-energy smartgrid, the development of e-mobility projects and the implementation of digital systems for the monitoring, control and management of all services to buildings and people.
A new relationship
Thanks to the experience gained (from new energy sources, to digital technologies) and to their creativity, in ENGIE we redefine the relationship between individuals and the world in which they live.
As an architect of the territory, we have implemented energy efficiency measures in about 10,000 buildings, including 3,500 schools and 18 universities. Today we work alongside over 300 municipalities and manage more than 300,000 lighting points, 9 district heating networks and 20 cogeneration plants. We offer cutting-edge services and digital technologies, transforming the classic supplier-consumer relationship, based on the sale of electric kWh or cubic meters of gas, in an innovative model of energy service, aimed at consuming less and better.
Our attention to energy efficiency and respect for the environment is also confirmed by the fact that all the electricity supplied by ENGIE to families, condominiums and SMEs is certified "100% green".