Empreintes: a call for mixed-use, low-carbon urban projects
Paris La Défense opens a new chapter of its history with Empreintes, La Défense’s first call for mixed-use, low-carbon urban projects. Our objective is to become the world’s first large-scale post-carbon neighborhood. The Empreintes Call for Innovative Urban Projects (APUI) concerns the transformation of five lots located at the boundary between the business district and the cities of Puteaux and Courbevoie. Overarching themes include technical innovation, longevity, environmental excellence and contribution to local life.
A new Raison d’être
The changes required to adapt to climate change have been made all the more urgent by global economic changes and the Covid-19 pandemic. Working from home is only one of the first manifestations of the profound and rapid transformation of our urban lifestyles.
In 2021, Paris la Défense adopted a Raison d’être, in which it states its ambition to become the world’s first large-scale post-carbon neighborhood. The planned halving of the neighborhood’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 is ahead of the national target, set at 40%. This goal places us at the forefront of contemporary challenges, in line with the aspirations of the younger generation, to whom climate change is central.
Paris La Défense, a committed stakeholder
Paris La Défense’s status as a Local Public Body allows it to initiate and lead major urban planning and diversification projects. Its teams have the skillset and the governance structure needed to provide one of the most attractive business districts in the world with a new impetus.
Paris La Défense was created on January 1st, 2018. Its scope includes the planning, organization, and promotion of this unique entity’s 566-hectare (1,400 acre) district.