GDF SUEZ partners with Barcelona to design and develop the City of tomorrow

October 9, 2012

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ, and Xavier Trias, Mayor of the city of Barcelona, Spain, signed a strategic partnership in regard to the city of tomorrow. This agreement follows suit to the “City Protocol”1 , an initiative launched by the city of Barcelona last July, to establish a model of excellence and reference in terms of developing solutions for sustainable cities projects.

Within this partnership, the city of Barcelona has already entrusted GDF SUEZ with the implementation of a smart city dashboard, a unique IT tool designed and developed by the Group for collection, analysis, and optimal use of available data about the city (energy, water, traffic, etc.).

This smart city dashboard will enable concurrent monitoring and development of the city’s territorial policy; control of infrastructures; event communication, anticipation and management; and optimization of investments.

In addition, GDF SUEZ will develop, alongside the local authority, several research and innovation projects focusing on the city of tomorrow. These projects will include the development of local and renewable energy (heating and cooling networks), as well as studies on urban mobility, smart grids and energy-positive buildings and districts.

At the signing ceremony, Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ said: 
Today we are taking another step in our long-term collaboration with the city of Barcelona, which is already strongly committed in the field of sustainable urban development. This new strategic partnership illustrates the Group’s strong local presence and its ability to design and deliver innovative solutions that are immediately applicable in the area of the city of tomorrow.”

For his part, Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelone, stated: “In signing this agreement Barcelona welcomes 
GDF SUEZ on board as a partner in its drive to become a smart city leader, for the benefit of its people. In this respect, strengthening public-private partnership is key to improve energy efficiency and sustainable, smart urban development. This cooperation is also necessary to foster innovation and to implement new technologies to serve citizens.”

GDF SUEZ has been working with the city of Barcelona in the area of energy and the environment for more than 100 years, through its subsidiaries Agbar (Aguas de Barcelona), Degrémont and Cofely and its subsidiary, Districlima. Through Districlima in particular, the Group commissioned two plants in 2004 and 2012 to feed the urban cooling network, by collecting sea water, and the heating network, by using steam from the incineration of waste, in the new district “22@” in Barcelona.

For 150 years, GDF SUEZ has been providing services to local authorities. Today the Group offers innovative solutions in many cities around the world, from Paris to Chongqing, through London (tri-generation plants concurrently producing heat, air conditioning and electricity), Amsterdam, Casablanca, and even Rio de Janeiro or Singapore.

  “City Protocol” is a system for measuring the quality and efficiency of cities through structural, functional, environmental and social indicators. The goal is to create an international standard – like the Internet protocol – a model of excellence that will serve as a global reference for governments, cities, planners and anyone who wants to convert their city into a “smart city”.

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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