Tenerrdis and the Grenoble-Isère Economic Development Agency (AEPI) put together a high-level delegation of local business, educational, and civic leaders to present Grenoble’s successful experimentation with smart grid and eco-neighborhood technologies at the international Net Zero Cities conference held in Fort Collins, Colorado on October 23–24, 2013. The conference aims to further the debate on how to best leverage sustainable, socially-responsible technology-based solutions to create tomorrow’s carbon-free cities—subjects dear to stakeholders in both Colorado and the Rhône-Alpes region.
The joint efforts spearheaded by the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain (FACC) and the Grenoble-Isère Economic Development Agency (AEPI) are continuing to produce concrete results:
The Net Zero Cities conference co-organized by the City of Fort Collins and the International Cleantech Network gave Tenerrdis an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships between stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic and present Grenoble’s successful experiments to a large (600+ attendees), very international audience made up of public officials (from Copenhagen; Oslo; Seoul; Cambridge, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Boulder and Loveland, CO), scientists (with NREL, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory), and business leaders (with a talk by Charbel Aoun, VP Smart Cities, Schneider Electric, who came from London especially for the event).
The Tenerrdis-Grenoble-Isère Economic Development Agency delegation was made up of:
The members of the delegation contributed to several of the conference sessions:
The conference served as an excellent benchmark for the delegation, confirming the Grenoble area’s leadership on these issues driven by the unique involvement of major manufacturers in innovative local initiatives.