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Nice develops energy neutral districts deploying extensive renewables and electric mobility solutions. In this tech-savvy city, a digital marketplace for mobility, energy and environmental data fosters innovative applications and empowers suppliers and citizens to be proactive about their sustainability.


Nice Cote d'Azur Metropole (NCA) in southeast France gathers the city of Nice and 48 communes at the heart of the French Riviera. The metropole is home to 550 000 inhabitants, with 80% living in the mountainous territory of the Southern Alps. It has a sizable international airport and welcomes 10 million tourists a year.


The region is a pioneer of ambitious partnerships in sustainable development and digital services – from the world’s largest companies (IBM, Cisco, Enedis, EDF…), SMEs and university research labs to a strong start up culture, a network of living labs and citizen representatives.


NCA was a finalist in the 2017 iCapital awards for most innovative European city and a member of several leading international organisations, including EuroCities, Green Digital Charter and the Global Covenant of Mayors.


550,000 inhabitants

14000havior in terms of sustainable mobility and energy efficiency.

    Demo Site Expected Impact

    * Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

    The planned measures will reduce energy demand in the neighbourhood, increase the use of renewable energy, improve the comfort level of buildings, save costs on space heating and hot water and involve local residents in project planning.



    The NCA lighthouse demonstration will address the following:

    1. To become energy neutral districts there is a clear need for integration of decentralized renewable energy systems in the district, and convergence between electricity production, cooling and heating system.
    2. For high penetration of renewable electricity, increasing the flexibility of the electricity grid is essential. Therefore demand response management as well as integrating storage capacity at district scale are necessary solutions
    3. To make a success of a massive transfer from thermal mobility towards electric mobility, thanks to a widened offer of EV, while insuring an optimal operating of local electric network thanks to a smart management of EV charging stations.
    4. To fuel the development of innovative applications and services in the fields of sustainable mobility and energy, a city-owned digital platform will collect and mutualize all mobility, energy, environmental data produced from the various districts to offer a true city data market place to city partners. Thanks to the use of open and standard programming interfaces (APIs), the City Innovation platform shall interoperate with platforms from other cities, universities and private companies supporting the same programming interface standards.
    5. To engage citizens as informed user of new urban services by implementing the methods and tools to assist them in a proactive change of their beha
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