World Efficiency Solutions

12. Dezember 2017 – 14. Dezember 2017 ganztägig
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris

The first international event for the resource-efficient low-carbon economy, World Efficiency Solutions aims to contribute to the tangible implementation of the low-carbon circular economy in business and in towns and communities, applying the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. All aspects, from solutions to funding and support, are addressed through the prism of new models and working methods based on stakeholder collaboration as early as possible in a project’s life.

The decarbonisation of the economy is a guiding theme at all levels of World Efficiency Solutions. The Summit is devoting many sessions to the subject: exploring CO2 reduction, low-carbon strategies in the construction, logistics, transport, food processing and water sectors; energy performance contracts in industry; decentralised energy generation; the benefits of digital technology; electric motorways; from carbon footprints to the sub-2°C target: how can we move from GHG reporting to transition actions?; positive-energy buildings and carbon reduction (Alliance HQE-GBC conference); energy visions for 2050. At the same time, the solutions exhibition concentrates a large number of products and services targeting carbon neutrality. Several prizes and trophies also give decarbonisation a major role, including the ministry’s Enterprise and Environment Prize (see the Fighting Climate Change category) and the My Positive Impact competition organised by FNH and UNCPIE to reward climate solutions developed by associations, start-ups and local authorities.

Similarly, the circular economy is the subject of many conference sessions at the Summit with topics to be covered including circular production and consumption: solutions and industrial cooperation; impacts of the circular economy on careers and employment; strategy for establishing circular economy plans at local level; the circular economy for sustainable construction (Alliance HQE-GBC conference); impact of Greater Paris‘ waste on jobs and skills in recycling companies; creation of a recycling skills centre to adapt to evolutions in the market and the sector; and more. World Efficiency Solutions is organising special operations devoted to the application of the circular economy in four sectors: building, automotive, water, food processing. Also of note is that Orée is offering a comparative view of how Green Deals are applied in the Netherlands (their country of origin) and in France. Green Deals are reciprocal commitments made by a state and other signatories to facilitate the emergence of innovative projects in various aspects of the circular economy. The first four signed in France in April 2016 („commitments to green growth“) relate exclusively to recycling, like the construction and public works deal signed by UNICEM, present at WE. Finally, the solutions exhibition and awards events will be an opportunity to discover many resource-efficient products and services that have limited impact on the natural environment.

As major players in the ecological and energy transition, cities and regions have a key role at World Efficiency Solutions. Many events and presentations are proposed through partnerships conducted by WE, such as ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, which will look in particular at the Green Climate Cities programme. And C40, the international network of major cities mobilising against climate change, will present initiatives conducted through the Reinventing Cities programme with representatives of member cities. The Summit also offers several presentations on key subjects such as local action in the energy transition; innovative local funding; sustainable urban development; the different levels of an eco-district project (Alliance HQE-GBC conference); how local authorities can support sustainable construction (Alliance HQE-GBC conference); mobility in outer urban zones; sustainable land use in an urbanising world; smart cities and urban data. A plenary session will be entirely devoted to the question of city-business cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Also announced are an encounter between the Hauts-de-France region and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which will present their respective Third Industrial Revolution approaches at regional and national level; and a visit from representatives of Ontario, a Canadian province that is particularly active in decarbonising its economy. Indeed, as well as its ambitious „Ontario 2030“ call for bids, Ontario has just joined California and Quebec in the North American carbon trading market.

In addition, alongside the Climate Summit on 12 December, World Efficiency Solutions is an opportunity to review this turning-point year of 2017 in terms of green finance and to explore the resulting prospects. For example, a plenary reporting session will present the main progress made at the Climate Summit organised by the French President with the World Bank and the United Nations. The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition will discuss crowdfunding for green growth and present its new dedicated label. Finally, several other sessions will tackle various aspects: funding for energy transition start-ups; from carbon footprints to the sub-2°C target: how can we move from GHG reporting to transition actions?; green finance; real estate: an active sector – feedback from projects (Alliance HQE-GBC conference) etc.