Low-carbon Strategies for Territories

The Low-Carbon Strategies for Territories programme is intended to help local authorities build ambitious and operational low-carbon trajectories for 2030-2050, using modelling tools and technological solutions derived from cutting-edge research and engineering.

Imagining disruptive trajectories

Need for territories to respond to the climate emergency

If they are to find responses, territories must:

  • acquire an overall vision of low-carbon transition,
  • develop synergies between their mitigation policies,
  • intégrer les solutions les plus performantes dans les domaines de l’énergie, du bâtiment, des mobilités et de l’aménagement.
  • incorporate the most effective solutions in the fields of energy, building, mobility and development.

The complexity lies in the multiple issues and variables to be taken into consideration, whilst simultaneously factoring in changes in populations and technologies over the medium and long term.

Efficacity, a vital link in attaining this goal

Efficacity, in conjunction with five other energy transition institutes (ITE)*, is trialling decision support tools designed to assist in formulating cross-cutting strategies (PCAET, SCOT, PLUi, master plans, etc.) and accelerate the transfer of innovative technologies to local authorities.

Energy transition institutes can be motors for the development and dissemination of these next-generation tools, thanks to their complementary areas of expertise that cover all the main GHG-emitting sectors associated with low-carbon territorial planning (building, energy, mobility, development).

* The programme relies on the complementary expertise of six energy transition institutes and their ecosystems of public and private sector partners:
– Efficacity: low-carbon districts, low-carbon cities
– NOBATEK/INEF 4: energy efficient buildings, energy retrofitting
– VEDECOM: electric vehicles, mobility and energy
– France Energies Marines: renewable marine energy
– IPVF: next-generation PV energy
– INES.2S: solar systems integration

Three avenues of exploration with the territories

Based on the needs of a network of pilot communities, our aim is to produce an operational set of tools and methods designed to:

1/ Formulate robust decarbonisation scenarios and compare them using advanced digital tools

Identifying the transition trajectories best suited to each territory requires the ability to take a considerable number of variables and possible changes into account – a task that local authorities and design consultants are currently most often obliged to perform “by hand” by cross-referencing various studies, data and strategic documents.
We simplify the task of formulation and evaluation of decision support scenarios by making use of modelling software and the latest work to emerge from public and private sector research.

2/ Identify the innovative technologies offering the highest mitigation potential for each territory

Technological innovations play a key role in achieving transition targets and offer a major opportunity for territories in terms of attractiveness and job creation.
Knowing which solutions to opt for and looking ahead to their deployment over time is a complex matter, however, given the constant advances in technology.
In conjunction with the other energy transition institutes, Efficacity helps territories to make the right choices with the aid of our expertise and constant monitoring of innovations emerging in the fields of energy, building, mobility and development.

3/ Better estimate the costs and co-benefits of low-carbon investment by territories

Energy transition will call for massive investments over the decades ahead. Whether or not strategies succeed over time will depend on the ability of local authorities to identify the necessary funding and demonstrate the savings and co-benefits to be generated by their mitigation programmes.
Our aim is to help territories identify in greater detail the costs and possible sources of funding for their transition strategies, capitalising on methods of calculation developed at national level.

Contact us

Matthew Wendeln

Director – Low-carbon Strategies for Territories

Tél. : +33 (0)6 52 05 45 05

Email : m.wendeln@efficacity.com