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The EPFL/HES-SO campus as accelerator of the transition in Sion

Sion

What role for the HEI - HES-So Valais Wallis ecosystem, the EPFL Valais Wallis and the campus area as accelerator of sustainable transformation for the city of Sion, the canton of Valais, Switzerland and beyond, on a short term basis ?

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The future of the energy in a municipality

Sion

Inventing the 100% renewable and indigenous energy future of a Valais municipality taking into account the technical aspects, buildings, the temporal evolution of the energy demand, but also the social acceptance, the dynamics and models to finance and manage this transition

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How can energy optimisation be achieved using new digital technologies and/or data analysis?

Munich

What would an energy management service look like that works across consumer communities by using modern digital technologies and/or data analysis? We are looking for business ideas that allow a group of households and/or companies to optimise their energy consumption.

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#RenewableEnergy

Basel

Basel has actively implemented new climate policies as a response to the Paris Agreement. A large share of the city’s CO2 emissions comes from the building sector, specifically, their heating and cooling. How do we engage individuals bottom-up to opt for and enge with renewable heating options?

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Renewable Energy

Montpellier

Satellite data can help us identify renewable energy sources in and around our cities.

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Implement application providing access to local climate data

Heidelberg

Develop a graphical user-friendly application utilizing an open climate data store to provide access to the local climate data for environmental scientists, educators, policy makers, activists, and the general public.

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Renewable Energy

Toulouse

Satellite data can help us identify renewable energy sources in and around our cities.

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Clean Consumption Clustering (RCP)

Lausanne

Identify the obstacles to the development of Clean Consumption Clusters (RCP) and propose actions allowing their large-scale deployment

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The energy of tomorrow

Lausanne

What will tomorrow's energy production / consumption / distribution look like without nuclear and fossil energy?

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How do we make energy more sustainable?

Cities consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce 60% of its emissions. As urban population increases worldwide, cities are crucial to emission reduction efforts.

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Cities have a key role to play in the energy transition which is central to address climate change and resource scarcity. Cities tend to build and implement local energy strategies, often ignoring the global issues, and fail to consider mid-term and long-term scenarii. However, many European cities are increasingly attempting to define their local energy strategies integrating both economic and environmental impacts. Copenhagen (Denmark) aims to become the first carbon neutral city by 2025 and Perpignan (France) produces all the electricity for its residents locally by 2015. In order to be effective in their energy transition, cities need to coordinate local stakeholders, provide detailed and relevant diagnosis of their region, and identify the potential for energy savings and renewable substitution. Mid and long-term strategies need to integrate the whole energy value chain, from production, distribution and consumption.

Fields that need to be improved to reach a future of sustainable energy in the cities:

  • The transport sector is responsible for approximately a quarter of total energy-related CO2 emissions.
  • The built environement is of the utmost importance to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.
  • Energy transition to a renewable energy system.
  • Energy efficiency has to be increased at all stages of the energy chain.
  • There is a growing need of new energy storage solutions and innovation
  • Low carbon energy transport system has to be developed, etc.
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