The Challenges of Sustainable Development for Cities and Territories
For cities and territories, our approach goes well beyond industrial and economic development, because it is all about the development of urban centers under the governing principle of Smart Cities.
A smart city is : a city that improves its urban development by using information and communication technologies to meet and even anticipate the changing needs of its institutions, businesses and citizens. This is done both economically socially and environmentally. a city that invests in human capital, social and energy infrastructures (electricity, gas), flows (human, material, information), and a city that fuels sustainable economic development while improving the quality of life for its citizens. a city that wisely manages its natural resources through participatory governance and the effective and integrated use of information and communication technologies. a city capable of implementing infrastructure management (water, energy sources, information and telecommunications, transport, emergency services, public facilities, buildings, the management and sorting of waste, etc.), open communication, adaptable, sustainable and more efficient, also automated to improve the quality of life of citizens while respecting the environment.
What is a Smart City?

The metrics we put in place allow cities to better understand and manage the sources of greenhouse gases and  various pollutants through integrated life cycle analyses and greenhouse gas budgets of the various sectors on a territory. With our hybrid approach of life cycle and carbon footprint analyses, we can provide georeferenced information on impact estimates.

 

With this, we can calculate impacts of climate change by greenhouse gases in CO2 kg equivalent for a sector of activity or within a geographical area. It becomes possible to estimate water (m3), energy (kWh), resources (primary MJ) usages, ecosystem quality (PDF*m2*year), and human health (DALY).

R & D

We work in collaboration with several partners in developing an applied model of circular economy, and within the structures of economic development we aim to put in place the seven pillars of circular economy: sustainable innovation, simplified life cycle analyses, carbon footprint, eco-conception, industrial ecology, functional economy, and responsible sourcing.

 

Our approach is a hybrid one, both analytic and systemic, to assist companies, cities and territories to evolve and to perform better in the context of a rapidly changing environment and a potentially disruptive future.