How the Third Industrial Revolution Can Transform France

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LILLE, France — Since late 2012, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France has been part of a national push to establish a transition to clean and renewable energy — and also to design a new model of development. This adventure is right in the footsteps of the process Jeremy Rifkin describes in his WorldPost series on the Third Industrial Revolution.

So, what’s happening here? As of now, our estimate is that there are about 300 projects that are in one way or another related to the Third Industrial Revolution.

Every week, in a continuous flow, numerous individuals or small companies bring their innovative ideas to the overall “TIR basket.” They need help or counseling and we have developed the means to do so, but they share one characteristic: they are all enthusiastic.

Many projects are related to urban development and renovation. These projects focus on energy consumption and aim to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide work for construction companies and related stakeholders. Improving the living conditions and health of individuals in our region are expected direct consequences of many of these projects.

Improving the living conditions and health of individuals in our region are expected direct consequences of many of these projects.

We also launched a globally focused “zero-carbon university” program whose goal is to involve the 150,000 students of our universities in an holistic approach that focuses on building renovation, development of distributed renewable energies with storage and smart grids on our campuses and also alternative mobilities. The first projects are in the design phase and they look very promising.

In the health sector, a new hospital is being designed: It will be fully energy-autonomous by 2050 or before, and it will also be a pioneer in the use of eco-materials and life-cycle analysis. —> Read More

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