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GDF SUEZ creates an “Urban Strategy Council” to promote policy for an innovative urban policy

November 6, 2012

GDF SUEZ is establishing an “Urban Strategy Council” gathering independent experts to develop an integrated vision for the city of tomorrow. Meeting for the first time November 6 and 7 in Paris, the Council will take a cross-discipline and multi-disciplinary approach to urban issues, with the objective of contributing to the construction of pleasant cities to live in for tomorrow. 

The Council is being given several missions. This experts’ Council will be asked to play the role of critic, debating the GDF SUEZ vision and intervention methods to city challenges. It will also be called upon to perform an information and alert function, drawing upon their professional disciplines and spheres of expertise. Finally, the Council will provide GDF SUEZ a sounding board for medium and long-term planning.

On this occasion Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ, said : “the Urban Strategy Council will be a new and key factor in the Group’s response to the urban challenges of tomorrow. It will afford added insight for GDF SUEZ decision-making and planning for providing its customers the best-suited and most innovative industrial answers.”

In France and abroad, GDF SUEZ accompanies cities and businesses facing the challenges of population growth, urbanization, and environmental protection. GDF SUEZ has a genuine capacity for advance planning and innovation thanks to its participation in forums on the city, its membership in inter-municipal networks, and its partnerships with major international organizations.

For example, in October 2012, GDF SUEZ signed a strategic partnership with the City of Barcelona to establish a model of excellence and benchmark for developing solutions for sustainable city projects.

GDF SUEZ has been providing services to local jurisdictions for 150 years. Today, the Group offers innovative solutions in many cities throughout the world, from Paris to Chongqing, as well as to London (tri-generation power plants producing heat, cooling, and electricity), Amsterdam, Casablanca, Rio de Janeiro or Singapore.

The Urban Strategy Council will meet twice a year. Its committee of independent experts represents many disciplines useful for the developing an integrated vision for the city – among whom political and social scientists, public city figures, urban planners, architects, ecologists, and biologists. The committee is made up of the following members:

  • Clarence Anthony, former Mayor of South Bay, Florida, previously President of the National League of Cities
  • Brigitte Bariol-Mathais, Chief Urban Architect for the French government, General Delegate of the National Federation of Urbanism Agencies (FNAU)
  • Marie-Hélène Contal, Architect, member of the College of Experts of the “Global Award for Sustainable Architecture” and of the Board of Directors of the Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation, General Secretary of the LOCUS Foundation
  • Mario Gandelsonas, Architect and Theoretician in urbanism and semiotics and Director of the Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure at Princeton University
  • Daniel Hoornweg, lead Urban Specialist at the World Bank for Cities, Climate Change, Urban Development, and Local Policies
  • Teng Chye Khoo, Executive Director, Center for Livable Cities, Singapore, member of the World Future Foundation
  • Christian Kornevall, Economist
  • Dominique Lorrain, Sociologist, Research Director at the CNRS, Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (Latts)/Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC)
  • Erik Orsenna, Economist, writer, and specialist in sustainable development, agriculture, and emerging economies
  • Jean-Robert Pitte, Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Paris-Sorbonne; President of the French National Committee of Geography
  • Jana Revedin, Ph.D. in architecture and Professor of architecture and design at the Blekinge Institute of Technology and Planning in Sweden
  • Joseph Roig, Secretary-general of Unites Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • Margie Ruddick, Landscape designer
  • Sara Topelson de Grinberg, Under-secretary of Urban Development and Territory Planning, Government of Mexico
  • Gino Van Begin, Deputy Secretary-general of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
  • Nicholas You, Chairman, Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) Assurance for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as well as the Chairman of the United Nations Steering Committee of the World Urban Campaign 

GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.

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