The Olympic and Paralympic Games represent a wonderful opportunity to rethink the regions through ambitious urban projects. This event associated with the Greater Paris area will enable the capital to perfect its status as a global city and accelerate the transformation of the Ile-de-France department. Spotlight on the impact of the Olympic Games on our cities and on the economic benefits derived from the magic of Olympism.
Work has got underway on Floatgen, the France’s first offshore wind turbine!
Linkcity projects highlighted at MIPIM
Thursday May 12th, 2016
Worksites made more sustainable with recycled concrete
Building and Civil Works generates 250 million tonnes of waste per year. Today, only 40% of this waste is reclaimed, yet the Energy Transition Act imposes a threshold of 70%, to be reached by 2020. Transitioning from a traditional, linear economy toward a circular economy means entirely rethinking how we manage a worksite’s materials in order to produce in a more sustainable and sensible way.
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