Exploiting new knowhow Complementing its collaborative R&D activities, Efficacity also seeks to exploit new, high value added knowhow, relying on its public and private sector members to accelerate urban energy transition.
Two forms of intervention:
Efficacity offers applied R&D aimed at supporting any public or private sector entity engaging in ambitious innovation. This support underpins the innovation process with powerful scientific solidity, providing a recognised R&D infrastructure and a panel of high-level experts and researchers.
Via its consortium, Efficacity is also in a position to offer a wide range of operational solutions: expert appraisal, development of tools and methods, training, etc.
Through these two complementary forms of intervention, Efficacity develops collaborations with a broad range of urban actors: territorial agencies (local authorities, planners, etc.), private businesses and institutional bodies (ministries, national agencies, etc.). These collaborations bring the institute’s scientific and technical capacity to bear on issues specific to these actors, issues that fall squarely into Efficacity’s spheres of competence, both in France and internationally.
Support for territorial agencies: territorial authorities, planners, etc.
The support Efficacity provides to territorial agencies is intended to accelerate energy and urban transition in their territory. This may involve, for example, the implementation of demonstrators or disruptive innovations, investigating the technical, economic and legal conditions for success and providing a scientific evaluation of the real performance of the innovations deployed. This support frequently takes the form of a high-level “scientific committee”. Lastly, Efficacity offers training for local actors, elected officials or technicians.
We have already undertaken partnerships with Ville de Paris, Est Ensemble,
Saint Etienne Métropole, EPADESA, EPA Paris Saclay, EPAMARNE, etc
Testing and evaluation of new operational solutions: suppliers, operators, etc.
Efficacity provides support to private sector actors in testing and evaluating new offerings or technologies, in particular through the implementation of demonstrators. These demonstrators may receive state support, such as the “industrial demonstrators for the sustainable city” (DIVD) or spring from a private sector initiative: they may vary widely in nature, calling on our various spheres of knowledge: energy, mobility, eco-conception of a built system.
We have already undertaken partnerships on energy with Veolia, Suez, SGP,
SNCF and RATP, on mobility with RATP and Transdev, and on eco-design
Evaluation of public and standardisation policies for institutional actors
Efficacity provides support to institutional actors in developing methods and tools dedicated to evaluating public policy on urban planning, such as the Ville de Demain-Eco-Cités programme. Efficacity also lends its efforts to building technical reference bases for sustainable urban planning, sitting on EcoDistrict, ISO or AFNOR working parties, for example.
We have already undertaken partnerships with ANRU, Caisse des Dépôts,
the Eco-Cités and EcoDistrict approaches, and AFNOR.
Through these partnerships, Efficacity is able both to implement innovative approaches developed as part of its R&D activity, and to test out the tools and methods developed through its R&D, using real data and life-size case studies. The constant two-way feedback between R&D and applications in the field are Efficacity’s hallmark, guaranteeing innovation that is both pragmatic and viable: this is what is meant by “action research”.