The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December 2015 during COP21, the UN climate conference, and is the world’s first universal and legally binding climate deal. Development and adoption of climate friendly technology has therefore never been more present on the global agenda. This is the backdrop for a number of events taking place in France in 2016 and 2017.
The French market is craving energy and environmentally efficient solutions. The French ambition for renewable energy production in the energy mix is 23% by 2020 and 32% by 2030: today renewable energy makes up 4 % of the energy mix.
There are many reasons why the French market is open to new energy and environmentally friendly solutions:
- Renewable and recovered heating distributed via the district heating net is to be multiplied by five by 2030
- France is targeting 40% greenhouse gas reduction by 2030
- France aims at a 38% reduction in energy consumption in the building sector
- Renovation of 500,000 dwellings per year from 2017
- €750 Million will be spent on social housing renovation in the period 2015-2018
These opportunities can be matched with strong technological solutions from Norwegian and other Nordic companies.
During the trade show World Efficiency 2015 the Nordic trade councils and embassies in Paris, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, created the pavilion Nordic Efficiency: a pre-COP21 initiative to promote Nordic know-how and technological solutions within the energy, environment and building sectors.
Nordic Efficiency 2016-2017
The Nordic embassies and trade councils are organizing a series of Nordic Efficiency events targeting key stakeholders in the building, energy and environmental sectors. The upcoming dates and topics for Nordic Efficiency are:
- November 8, 2016: Affordable, sustainable social housing seminar in Paris
- November 30, 2016: Study tour & networking event Pollutec Lyon 2016 (a leading international B2B trade show for waste management, energy efficiency and environmental technology.
- February 2017: District heating & cooling seminar in Paris
The purpose of these seminars is to provide a platform for Nordic companies to position themselves with a Nordic image, story and know-how. It is an opportunity for Nordic companies to meet and network with key persons and companies in the relevant sectors in France and provides intelligence on French social housing, waste management markets and district heating & cooling opportunities. The participants will also have the opportunity to meet colleagues and potential partners from other Nordic countries.
Deadline for sign-up is 1st September 2016.
World Efficiency Solutions 17-19 October, 2017
The second edition of World Efficiency Solutions will take place in Paris next year. World Efficiency Solutions is an international exhibition & congress for energy and carbon efficient solutions that promote economic development. The aim is to facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement by providing climate friendly solutions for all aspects of life.
World Efficiency Solutions expect to attract 20,000 professional decision makers from all over the world, and from the key sectors that face the global climate challenge and have a serious need for increased resource efficiency. The organizers have ambitions to create an ecosystem for innovation with all relevant stakeholders: start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, big groups, institutions, business clusters etc.
World Efficiency Solutions is organized in collaboration with many institutional partners, including the French Ministry of Sustainable Development, the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Media and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There are early bird tariffs on stand offers until 31st of October, 2016.
Please contact Katharina Qvale at Innovation Norway’s office in Paris for more information about Nordic Efficiency, World Efficiency Solutions and opportunities for resource efficient solutions in France.
Telephone: +33 1 56 59 20 40