The fourth Science, Research & Society Forum took place on 28 June 2012 at the Collège de France. Started in 2009 by Le Monde, a French daily newspaper, and La Recherche magazine, this event seeks to act as a crossroads between the worlds of science and sociology. Scientists, researchers, philosophers, community leaders and essayists held round table discussions open to the public. Topics included “Targeting renewable energy”, “Farming practices for water management” and “How the French public view the world of science”.
As an official event partner, Bouygues Immobilier took part in the preparations for the discussion entitled “Tomorrow’s positive-energy city”. Eric Mazoyer, Deputy CEO of Bouygues Immobilier, outlined his vision for mixed-use eco-neighbourhoods that “bring together employment, retail space, leisure and housing” and which pool energy resources. This could entail, for example, using the energy generated by office buildings when empty (evenings and weekends) to power homes. The technology already exists, and Eric Mazoyer is extremely optimistic, believing that “in 5 years’ time, the first neighbourhoods with this configuration could be unveiled. In 10 years’ time, the technology will have been perfected”.
Bouygues Immobilier is helping build IssyGrid®, the first district smartgrid in France, which will use computer technologies to manage power generation and distribution at district level. This pilot eco-neighbourhood project, run in conjunction with the town of Issy-les-Moulineaux (92) and eight major manufacturers, will go into service in 2016.