Seine-Saint-Denis, a territory involved in sustainability

From November 30th to December 11th 2015, the Seine-Saint-Denis department welcomed the 21st edition of "conference of Parties" on climate. COP21 took place in Paris on the site of "Parc des Expositions" (exhibition center) in Paris Le Bourget which provides the best logistics, capacity and accessibility for official delegations, companies and media and for hotels options close to Paris Le Bourget exhibition center.

What is Cop 21?

COP is the abbreviation for "conference of parties" and twenty-one refers to its 21st conference.

The Cop is a reunion of countries that have ratified the Rio convention. Each year, these countries fix new aims country by country and region by region related to the reduction or limitation of the greenhouse gas effect in the atmosphere (GHG). They attempt to find an ambitious agreement approved by all (and this is not always the case).

The Paris Climate Conference 2015 marked a milestone in the negotiation of the future international agreement for post-2020 with the objective that all countries engage in a binding global agreement on climate, including the largest greenhouse effect emitters, developed countries as well as developing countries. The major challenge is to achieve massive changes of the global approach highlighting job creation and wealth by inventing new modes of production and consumption.

Seine Saint Denis at the forefront of sustainable development

The organization of this global conference in Seine-Saint-Denis Le Bourget is not a trivial affair. In addition to all the facilities offered by the location of this site including its hotel industry, this territory, which is still undergoing profound changes, continues to increase the eco-town projects, positive energy buildings, and accompanies businesses concerned about their environmental challenges. Just take a look at the neighborhoods under construction or renovation that are mentioned here to realize the extent of the involvement of the towns in the Seine Saint Denis territory:

  • Pantin the eco-district at the Railway station will include housing projects, offices and shops;
  • Noisy le sec: "plaine de l’Ourcq" a sustainable project area around Canal de Ourcq will cover over thirty five hectares; 
  • Saint Ouen: the eco district at Saint Ouen Docks aims to provide a renewed quality of life by shifting transport facilities, promoting renewable energy and creating a socially diverse neighborhood; ZAC Boissière-Acacia in Montreuil with passive level buildings for energy efficiency will not require the creation of a heating network in the district;
  • Saint Denis : Universcience in the town is certified HQE - development of the greater Paris area;
  • Pantin, an eco-housing project is under construction and the development of a regional environmentally friendly-building project with structures such as ARENE, Bruitparif, Natureparif, ORDIF, SAERP or Energies Posit'if  is also under construction... In many places bioclimatic buildings (orientation, minimum width for accommodation and lodgings: limited ground control and vegetation) as well as passive energy participate in this dynamic environmental structure.

Participatory tourism based on encounters and exchanges

Beyond this strong involvement for "sustainable" development of infrastructures, Seine-Saint-Denis thinks sustainability beyond the construction sector and implements a new vision of tourism. In response to mass tourism, to production of standardized products and in order to respond to the search for authenticity, Seine-Saint-Denis Tourism invents solidarity tourism based on encounters and exchanges. It is by putting the "human being" in the center of their concerns that many visits and walks are created on topics as diverse as heritage, transport, street art, contemporary art and recycling…

The 2015 climate conference will highlight a territory that is preoccupied by its social and environmental issues, a territory that puts the human being in the center of the development of its tourism. Browse through the list of visits to companies and associations proposed throughout the year that are associated with solidarity projects and social economy.

For event venues involved in sustainable development

Integrating climate-related problems is an important issue for an increasing number of all venues that accommodate business events: meetings, seminars, conferences, trade shows… If some of the recent places in the north-east Paris are clearly identified to host such venues such as Halle Pajol or Parc de la Villette, other venues such as- Novotel Paris Est, Eurosites, Docks or Stade de France have also invested heavily in recent years.

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