Energy transition in New Aquitaine: a territorialized model
In the area of energy and energy transition, the New Aquitaine region introduced the Regional Programme for Energy Efficiency New Aquitaine (PREE) last February. This program consists of a strategy operation to optimize the energy savings of buildings and dwellings. This regional initiative is part of the National Energy Transition and Green Growth Act. Indeed, the Bordeaux territory has strong characteristics to accompany the energy transition. The metropolis has a dense transport network with more than 14,000 km of high and very high voltage power lines. It therefore raises vital regional energy issues. At the forefront is the challenge of capitalizing on new renewable energy, including solar and wind energy. New Aquitaine’s ambitious goal is to double the share of renewable energy in final consumption from 16 per cent to 32 per cent by 2030. In this logic of action, the European Assises of the Energy Transition will be held in Bordeaux on 28, 29 and 30 January 2020. Organized by key local players in this sector such as ADEME and Bordeaux Métropole, the European Assises of Energy Transition mark a highlight in the actions put in place by the Bordeaux economic ecosystem.
A synergistic eco-citizen event for the entire metropolis
Renewable energy, marine energy, smart cities, storage, clean mobility or even sustainable construction… these are the topics covered by the European Energy Transition Assizes. Initiated in 1999 by the Dunkirk Urban Community, the Assises are now co-organized by Bordeaux Metropole and Greater Geneva. If the theme of the 2020 edition has not yet been communicated, the European Assises of the Energy Transition show the will of the New Aquitaine territory to be a leader in energy and environmental issues. The theme of the previous edition “Engaged and Solidarity Territories” was thus keen to highlight the communities of the New Aquitaine region in terms of energy to promote their cooperation. The new area of the Aquitaine region raises the question of renewed cohesion. Due to their new proximity, the Limousin Expansion players, the PoitouCharentes Regional Innovation Agency, as well as the Poitou-Charentes eco-industry and Limousin environment clusters have, as such, taken joint action to make the region a leading territory.
New Aquitaine is full of a wide variety of forms of energy that promote decarbonized energy mixes. For example, it is the first region in France in terms of methanisation and photovoltaics. For example, the Bordeaux-Arcachon road is home to the largest photovoltaic park in Europe, also known as the “Centrale de Constantine”.
Energy transition: the action plan for the Bordeaux economic ecosystem
Already in 2017, the Regional Council and ADEME had accelerated the energy transition in New Aquitaine with the creation of a cluster dedicated to energy and storage. Among the local players involved in adapting to climate change, the Electricity Transport Network (TEN) is involved in this same dynamic in making the link between start-ups in the field of energy and innovation. Thus, RTE first plays a role as project booster as is the case for the electrical connection between Cubnezais in Gironde and Gatika in Biscay in Spain. Then by investing 550 million euros by 2024, RTE is also carrying out impact studies that are crucial to assessing the energy benefits of a project.
The companies in The Bordeaux economic fabric are therefore not left behind. Indeed, from the point of view of accompanying the energy transition, the challenge remains above all industrial. Indeed, it is possible to act on three points of the industrial sector: both through uses, management and production. That’s why companies, too, are looking to drive momentum. For example, Enedis uses smart grids, also known as smart grids, to enable more efficient and optimal energy management. Enedis, by combining digital and electricity technologies, has implemented “Open Data” in order to make data freely and freely available to all who can contribute to the energy transition. Finally, the action plan of the Bordeaux metropolis takes note under the name of “Neo terra”, the starting point of the public action of the Aquitaine Region to make the fight against climate change a local issue by 2030.
As evidenced by the new edition of the European Assises of Energy Transition, the New Aquitaine territory has many assets such as competitiveness clusters, laboratories and clusters, all of which are on their scale places of transfer of technologies. Involved in the implementation of new industrial sectors for the development of renewable energies, collaborative projects are multiplying with local industrial partners. The collective ownership of these issues is therefore favoured by the New Aquitaine region.
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