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October 2020


This section aims at sharing innovative solutions that we have designed, developed and applied successfully in our continued race to anticipate market demands.

This edition highlights Eco-design solutions.



 Solutions for an Optimal Transition to Carbon-Neutral Mobility 

Enabling our clients to take action towards a sustainable and carbon-neutral future is not only our motto, it is our priority. Our experts are committed to designing engineering solutions that make environments more livable and sustainable. 

TracToZero is our integrated business approach that enables B2B & B2T customers to understand their mobility needs and patterns by providing a comprehensive mobility analysis. 

This integrated approach delivers customised solutions for an optimal transition to carbon-neutral transport, defining the ideal location of your company and the most efficient transport mode in relation to infrastructure, mobility and energy. 

TracToZero provides answers to all of your mobility queries:

  • Where to locate your sites? 
  • Which optimised mode of transport best adapts to your demand and supply? 
  • Which mobility amenities such as parking supply, accessibility, and mobility infrastructure best suit my site? 
  • How to decarbonise my fleet of vehicles using the best energy mix? 

Our innovative experts can assist and guide you through personalised approaches to help you reach your energy transition goals. 

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


Design the Future of Sustainable Urban Planning 

The urban landscape is rich in disused factories and districts which were once extremely active industrial buildings and productive hubs. One of today’s urban challenges is to regenerate these buildings and districts by mixing activities (residential, commercial, public, industrial), providing the highest environmental standards and reconnecting those areas to the rest of the city.  

Tractebel assisted the Port of Rotterdam in defining the renovation strategy for several buildings, including one former industrial hall which will be transformed into a multi-functional building with food-oriented semi-industrial activities as well as public spaces, offices and restaurants.  

To preserve the industrial heritage background and for environmental reasons, the project aims to reuse the existing shell of the building and creating inside this shell, compartments for each activity. To optimise the investment cost as well as the operation costs, only the compartments would be insulated and temperature controlled whereas the external shell would remain uninsulated and the voids between the compartments not heated or cooled.  

Tractebel performed dynamic simulations to: 
  • Optimise the overall energy efficiency including heat recovery between the food production activities 
  • Assess the future energy consumption of this concept 
  • Ensure that comfort levels  would be satisfactory in the open volume 

As a result of Tractebel’s findings, the architectural concept for energy and comfort performance has been validated, and specific adapted renewable energy projects have been proposed with ENGIE on the road towards a carbon-neutral strategy.  

Would you like to learn more about bioclimatic solutions?
Contact: Thomas HERBER 

Driving Urban Sustainability Transition in Italy

Governments around the globe are accelerating and intensifying their efforts to strengthening their countries by prioritising sustainability and climate change initiatives to make communities more resilient.  

Tractebel is guiding the renovation process of the cities of Pescara and Mantova in the framework of the Intelligent Cities Challenge Program (ICC). The Intelligent Cities Challenge is a European Commission initiative bringing together 126 cities to achieve intelligent, socially responsible and sustainable growth through advanced technologies. 

These cities will tackle their most important challenges to achieve a sustainable and smart future. In particular Tractebel is helping to develop and find the right source of finance for circular economy projects such as recycling the huge amount of sanitary waste produced by the COVID crisis and giving it new life.  

Tractebel will also help to develop a regional business model to assess the critical mass of waste that would make the process viable from an economic perspective. This will be achieved by awareness campaigns and collection techniques.  

Many other projects regarding the transportation system and the environmental protection are also in scope. Tractebel’s expertise is key to boost and to guide their transition from strategy to action.

Would you like to learn more about this initiative?
Contact: Chiara DI SILVESTRO  

Tractebel Welcomes

New Eco-design Perspectives from Efficacity

In our ongoing ambition to enlarge our sustainable expertise, Tractebel has established a partnership with Efficacity. 

Efficacity is the French R&D institute dedicated to the energy transition of cities. The Program combines the skills of over 100 researchers from backgrounds in industry, engineering and public research.  

As part of this partnership, Tractebel participates in the development of the UrbanPrint tool by accompanying pilot projects and implementing new modules. This tool is aimed at the quantitative assessment of the carbon, energy and environmental performance of an urban project. More than a simple environmental impact accounting method, UrbanPrint provides decision-making support for energy and carbon strategy. The tool is designed to be used in the upstream phases of urban development projects and aims to support developers and builders, and in the compilation of business consultation documents on the road towards sustainable urban networks and public spaces. 

UrbanPrint promises to become an essential tool to support the energy and ecological transition of all the urban projects of tomorrow, as it has already been selected as the first reference tool to apply the Quartier E+C- (positive-energy and carbon reduction neighbourhood) method developed by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency). 

Would you like to know more about this topic? 
Contact Aline PICHE