Paris takes green building to heart
One of the most densely populated cities in Europe, Paris has seen its pollution levels soar due to cars, building emissions and modern urban living.
Now it’s implementing an ambitious strategy to reduce emissions and energy use by 25 percent by 2020 – as set out in its new Plan ClimatEnergie Territorial (PCET).
Sustainable buildings, including those with better energy efficiency along with green roofs, living walls and rooftop gardens, have a key role to play in achieving its goal.
“Global warming has become more of a priority,” says Virginie Houzé, director of research at JLL France. “Paris has made it one of its flagship projects and sustainable building is contributing to the effort. It’s also proving popular with local people who want to see more greenery amid all the concrete of the city.”
Public and private groups are coming together to bring more greenery to the city’s buildings and develop urban agricultural projects. In 2016, the mayor of Paris signed the plan Objectif 100 hectares along with 33 other parties, paving the way for a 2017 platform, Végétalisons Paris, which aims to introduce more green spaces within the city, including 100 hectares of greenery on walls and roofs by 2020.