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TERATEC Forum 2015
Workshop 8 - Wednesday, June 24 from 14:00 to 17:30
Modeling and data for urban systems

The challenges of the energy transition of cities

Efficacity is an ITE (Energy Transition Institute) that was set up in 2013 in the framework of the Future Investments Programme. It takes the form of a partnership between private firms and public sector laboratories that are active in the spheres of urban studies and energy.  The Institute has 28 members and about 100 researchers who are working on urban energy efficiency. The Institute is marked out by its systems approach to the city, that takes account of the “urban system”,  its consideration of different scales from a building to a district to the city as a whole,  and, last, and the fact that it gives as much importance to the behaviours of users as to new technology.

The aim is to produce new methods and tools that are scientifically robust, tried and tested and developed in the framework of a “research-action” approach by means of demonstrators that are assembled in partnership with the members of Efficacity. In the period 2014-2017, its research will focus on the components of the urban system, such as a station or a multifunctional building (containing dwellings, offices, service sector and business activities, etc.), on the decentralised production of energy and the recovery of residual heat and the coupling of the two in electrical or thermal networks, and the economic valuation of the reductions in consumption. In addition, the Institute is developing a scientifically robust method for evaluating the performance of an urban project which could then be awarded the “Efficacity Insight” label.

Claude Arnaud, Chairman. 
Over the course of his career, Claude Arnaud has held a number of senior posts within the Veolia Group. After serving successively as Director of Research and then Deputy Regional Manager for the Mediterranean region with Veolia Transport, in 2011 he was appointed to the Development France Department of Veolia Transdev as Development Director.  
Claude Arnaud has chaired Efficacity since its founding in 2013.



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