Parc Méridia: launch of the sustainable city demonstration project

De gauche à droite : Alexis Rouque, directeur régional de la Banque des Territoires en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Sarah Bellier, directeur général de l’EPA Nice Écovallée, Bruno Bonnell, secrétaire général pour l’investissement. ©IMREDD

As part of France 2030, “Demonstrators of the sustainable city: Living in the France of tomorrow” operated on behalf of the State by the Banque des Territoires, the project “the productive city as an environmental development project” in the area of The concerted development (ZAC) Parc Méridia is officially launched in the incubation phase.

EPA Nice Écovallée is leading this ambitious and innovative project, which is one of the 39 winners of the Call for Expression of Interest (AMI), alongside the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis and the Côte d’Azur University, via its Institute of Innovation and Partnerships IMREDD and its research laboratories.

Located to the west of Nice, between the Nice Méridia urban technology park and the Allianz Riviera stadium, the ZAC Parc Méridia (64 ha) is built around a large landscaped park which will accommodate diversified and accessible housing, businesses, shops, local services, several facilities and new public spaces, and aims to develop the productive economy.

For Sarah Bellier, General Manager of EPA Nice Ecovallée “This project will be based on the pooling of skills and the creation of synergies between regional players, in particular with Université Côte d’Azur and the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolis, around several themes: energy, the quality of air, mobility, circular economy, waterproofing. We want to demonstrate that by taking into account sustainable development issues as early as possible in a project, we can be more resilient, more sober, more inclusive and more productive. The regular monitoring and evaluation of economic and environmental data will enable us to act in favor of a sustainable and replicable urban development model. “.

“Operator of the “Sustainable City Demonstrators” program on behalf of the State, the Banque des Territoires is delighted to support the EPA Nice Écovallée and its partners, to the tune of €500,000 for the incubation of its demonstrator. on the territory of the ZAC Parc Méridia. In the deployment phase, our teams will organize a second examination of the file to mobilize an additional envelope of up to €9,500,000. In this second phase, the objective of the demonstrator will be to materialize the innovations proposed in the service of a city model wishing to reconcile productive economy, environmental performance and social inclusion” indicates Alexis Rouque, PACA regional director of Banque des Territoires.

What will the financing agreement for the “Parc Méridia, demonstrator of the sustainable city” project allow?

During time 1, that of the incubation, for a maximum duration of 36 months, the financial support of the call for expressions of interest in the amount of 500,000 euros will relate to research, demonstration, study, analysis and validation of scientific, technical, legal, financial, economic, psycho-sociological, adapted and optimized models, but also on the setting up of partnerships with expert and specialized actors around several urban themes (economy, agriculture, citizen participation, energy, mobility, air quality, etc.).

This incubation phase will structure the collaborative work between the EPA and its partners. The Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis will provide its technical and operational expertise, particularly on the themes of energy, air quality, agriculture and circular economy. Université Côte d’Azur, via IMREDD and its research laboratories, will bring its expertise in research and development to test mathematical models, identify possibilities for using artificial intelligence,…with the aim of developing tools solutions to experiment with a base of digital energy services, to optimize the logistics flows of goods and user flows, to monitor and manage air and noise quality. These tools will be developed by involving the inhabitants as closely as possible.

The monitoring of this incubation phase will aim to guarantee feedback and thus inspire other territories, with similar issues and problems, to replicate good practices, to create concepts, products, services, and this in particular thanks to innovative digital tools.

During this 3-year period, it is a question of translating and supporting the strategy of innovation and environmental excellence of the ZAC “Parc Méridia”. A decision-making commitment committee will validate the transition of the project to the “implementation” phase, lasting a maximum of 7 years.

Parc Méridia, demonstrator of the productive city: towards an economy of metropolises, their resilience in the face of crises, their energy and carbon sobriety

The project led by the EPA consists in particular in developing the productive city within the ZAC Parc Méridia. The objective of the productive city is to reconcile re-use of the existing and optimized production to design a district of proximity, intense and desirable, peaceful, ambitious and productive.

The desire is based in part on the reuse of soil, the reuse of land for the benefit of construction to create new materials, or to offer generous urban parks that protect against heat and pollution – the reuse of natural energies such as those of the sun , subsoil, or anthropogenic to limit losses and generate synergies.

This ZAC will be that of the shortest distances in all areas: materials, goods, energy from a network that is as local as possible, and waste managed locally. The aim is to develop synergies as much through citizen consultation as through energy flexibility and the circular economy, and thus enhance a territory rich in its local heritage thanks to its renewable energies and agricultural production.

The ambition, through this demonstrator of the sustainable city, is to demonstrate that urban activity can be reconciled with land sobriety, economy with ecology.

This financing agreement for the call for expressions of interest was signed on October 20 by Alexis Rouque, regional director of the Banque des Territoires en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Sarah Bellier, general manager of EPA Nice Écovallée, in the presence of Bruno Bonnell, Secretary General for Investment.

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Parc Méridia: launch of the sustainable city demonstration project


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