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October 2020


What Cities will look like in 2030 ?

With the goal of discussing and exploring solutions for future cities in addressing urbanisation impact toward sustainability, Tractebel Urban in Asia Pacific hosted its 2nd Webinar on the  29th of July 2020 in collaboration with  CitiesLab, an association of leading Indonesian and International experts in the field of urban & regional planning, urban design and development.  

Charles-Edouard Delpierre, General Manager of Tractebel Business Line Urban, and Etienne Drouet, Head of Urban for Tractebel in Asia Pacific, kickstarted the webinar with  explorations of the future of cities and best practices of building low carbon and green cities in developed countries based on Tractebel’s experiences and tools,  such as the 360° City Scan.  

The mayor of Bogor, Indonesia, Dr Bima Aya Sugiarto and Chairman of Regional Infrastructure Development Agency, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Ir. Hadi Sucahyono discussed the current state of Indonesian cities, future infrastructure development challenges, and how the Indonesian government responds through policy. 

Mia Quimpo, Head of Urban at Tractebel in Philippines presented the nine city archetypes based on a Tractebel study conducted for ENGIE and our Urban experts. 

These webinars are a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship with local stakeholders who are committed to tailoring cities for a better future. Tractebel Urban in Asia-Pacific is actively pursuing similar webinars in the region in the coming months, so make sure to follow our communications channels for the upcoming updates.

Smart Traffic in the City of Namur

Thanks to the System of Intelligent Transport provided by Tractebel

Namur is a charming city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium, with a strong desire to reduce traffic congestion and offer alternative mobility solutions. To achieve this, the city has created an Intelligent Transport System (STI), announced during a press conference, when it was also communicated that Tractebel will be providing its expertise in mobility solutions. 

The objective of the STI is to provide precise information in real-time on the state of traffic in Namur, integrating alternative modes of transport and optimised mobility patterns. The tool plays an important role in reducing the environmental impact of mobility while providing a comprehensive mobility analysis. 

The STI will strengthen the city's mobility strategy by providing reliable data from all modes of transport combined. It will also allow the city to guide user behaviour and to offer better multimodal accessibility. 

Would you like to know more about this initiative? 
Contact: Gauthier BLIECK 

Hear our say!

Tractebel Urban contributes to the “Transformative City-Business Partnerships” debate
In July, our General Manager of Business Line Urban, Charles-Edouard Delpierre, took a stand in the debate on “Transformative City-Business Partnerships”, paneled by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, CDP and C40.  

The event put the spotlight on the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), which aims at accelerating climate action through city-business collaboration. C40 Cities, CDP and WBCSD have created this two-tier network of cities and businesses to create systemic change through joint climate action. Participating cities, including Boston, Helsinki, Manchester, Stockholm and Durban, talked about why they need strategic engagement with business and what they expected from their industry partners. 

In response, Charles-Edouard highlighted examples of transformative projects where Tractebel already aligns its climate action with cities by mastering projects such as the Greater Springfield Area, which require a city and businesses to collaborate, offering innovative solutions for such a partnership to be successful, including: 

  • Smart, city-level governance designed to suit the needs of a resilient community, including sources to finance local projects in an urban context,  
  • “Public-private partnerships” and “end-to-end” approaches to enhance climate actions in cities, and 
  • Provision of cutting-edge, complex sustainable solutions to all urban stakeholders under a social license to operate. 

You can revisit the event via the following link


Analysis, modelling and surveys of plastic clays

Interesting read on the analysis, modelling and surveys of plastic clays in the Grand Paris Express project.

The swelling of plastic clays is a major geotechnical issue in the Grand Paris Express project. Its mechanism is complex because it depends on both physical and chemical characteristics, as well as its mechanical and hydric states. The article presents the feedback from the White House (Maison Blanche in French) L14 metro station on plastic clays.

Dr Réza Taherzadeh, Technical Director Tractebel Urban in France, has co-written a comprehensive article with relevant information from the Grand Paris Express project, together with Yi Zhang, Deputy Technical Director/ Head of Design Office, Léon Grosse Travaux Publics, Stéphane Commend, Director, GeoMod Ingénieurs Conseils, Ophélie Sinagra, Project Manager, Sixense Soldata (Vinci) and Jérôme Lacoste, Project Manager, Systra.