The project

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The view from Notre Dame in Paris skyline.
The challenge now is to harness Paris’s economic potential to tackle the new imperative of energy transition, accelerating the move towards a green economy and creating a unique attractiveness factor.

In the 21st century, many cities are undergoing profound changes. These cities play a key role in combating climate change, and success depends on their ecological, digital and economic transition. In concrete terms, cities are actively encouraging new consumption patterns and breaking new ground in terms of low-carbon urban mobility, retrofit and new energies. They are also developing holistic digital strategies, all with the aim of achieving a high quality of life. New, more collaborative urban models such as the circular economy and shared finance are emerging and helping to propel cities towards a low-carbon economy.

Paris is very much part of this drive, with a clear goal of becoming a sustainable city, joining other similarly committed densely populated, diverse, mixed-neighbourhood and innovative cities around the world. 2007 saw the introduction of a Climate Action Plan, setting some ambitious targets. Seven years on, Paris is seeing the results of these pledges. Supported by a complete ecosystem of stakeholders working closely together plus highly effective, progressive networks and infrastructure, Paris stands out as a platform for innovation and experimentation, driven by responsible social and political will.

Paris’s economic dynamism is indisputable: it is Europe’s leading economic hub and home to the biggest concentration of Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. The French capital also enjoys a central location at the heart of a market of 500 million inhabitants and offers easy access to Africa and the Middle East. In 2013, Paris was the highest riser in the rankings of the top 10 major cities for foreign direct investment. Contributing to the city’s attractiveness are the elite engineering and business schools and major universities producing top-level talent sought by international policy-makers.

The challenge now is to harness Paris’s economic potential to tackle the new imperative of energy transition, accelerating the move towards a green economy and creating a unique attractiveness factor. To achieve this goal, raising the awareness of French companies and international investors is a major challenge for the Paris metropolitan area.

Let’s work together to spread the message around the world!