Ecodistricts: labs for tomorrow’s city

With ecodistricts, we are helping communities meet the challenges of sustainable cities: energy efficiency, waste recovery, water cycle management, etc. The aim? To improve the quality of life of city dwellers while conserving resources.
Écoquartiers : les laboratoires de la ville du futur

What is an ecodistrict? An ecodistrict is a residential area, a university campus, or a commercial, hospital or business complex with ecological features such as a local energy supply or short waste treatment circuits.

Smarter, more pleasant, greener, the ecodistrict centers on the sustainable management of resources. These innovative neighborhoods are real life-size laboratories, testing solutions for the tomorrow’s city.

  • Renewable energy and water management

Energy in an ecodistrict comes mainly from renewable energy sources, such as solar, geothermal, biomass or wind power, or from recovery of waste, heat from wastewater and data centers, cogeneration, etc.

Compared to centralized networks, these energy sources are autonomous and therefore more resilient.
Ecodistricts also opt for alternative and integrated water management (rainwater and spring water) and ecological wastewater treatment to protect the water table.

  • Waste as a resource for a new economy

Selective sorting is mandatory in ecodistricts. Reducing and recovering waste production requires the use of a meticulous and diversified local structure: composting organic waste for use in gardens and green spaces, recycling construction waste, reusing resources for refurbishment projects, etc.

Écoquartiers : les laboratoires de la ville du futur

In 2012, the French government introduced its EcoQuartier label. The label has four stages which recognize the vision, commitment and action of the local authorities supporting an ecodistrict project. By 2021, 287 neighborhoods had been awarded stage four label recognition.

Our complete and integrated solutions for ecodistricts

  • We optimize waste collection. We design and implement smart, high-performance solutions that are based on new technologies.
    In this way, we help to reduce the environmental footprint of a neighborhood while conserving the quality of life of its residents.
  • We collect and recover biomass to produce energy. We generate electricity for cities from agriculture and the food and paper industry waste.
  • We maximize the energy efficiency of the entire water cycle. We ensure optimum efficiency in plant operation and produce energy from wastewater.
  • With our Hubgrade services, we help communities to optimize their resource management. We collect large amounts of data and use it to visualize, evaluate and optimize water, energy and waste management.