By joining the New Cities Foundation’s network of partners as an Innovation Member, ENGIE becomes an official partner of the New Cities Foundation and commits itself to the Foundation’s overall program: to shape a better urban future for all by fostering urban innovation and entrepreneurship.
Together, the New Cities Foundation and ENGIE will work hand in hand to promote innovative solutions which will enable safer, smarter, more vibrant and more sustainable cities. The New Cities Foundation and ENGIE assert their conviction that these solutions will come from cooperation between local authorities, private companies, academic institutions and local ecosystems.
The New Cities Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to shape a better urban future for all. The Foundation conducts pragmatic research on solutions to challenges facing cities, launches initiatives to drive urban progress, and builds, empowers, and convenes a global network in support of its goals. In all of its activities, the Foundation works with leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts.
Each year, the New Cities Foundation organizes the New Cities Summit, the leading global event on the future of cities. The Foundation is home to global initiatives including Cityquest – a community of the builders of large-scale new city projects – and Cities on the Move, a thought-leadership platform on the future of urban mobility. The Foundation also hosts pragmatic research programs in areas such as urban mobility and infrastructure financing. The Foundation was created in 2010 and is financed by its members and partners, which include some of the most forward-thinking companies who share a passion for the future of our cities. The Foundation is based in Geneva and its head office is in Montréal with smaller offices in Paris, New York and Hong Kong.
ENGIE is a global energy player acting in 70 countries. The Group develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the rational use of resources.
ENGIE aims at becoming the leading architect of the energy transition, and cities have emerged as key drivers of this transformation. Representing 54% of the world’s population today – a proportion that will grow to 70% by 2050 – as well as 75% of total energy consumption and 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions, cities are more than ever the places where global challenges in demographics, natural resources, and climate play out. To better address the needs of its urban stakeholders, the Group is working with local ecosystems and making its diverse capabilities available to cities through customized, outcome-based solutions that integrate a wide range of services. These include decentralized renewable energy production, eco-districts, smart grids, green mobility, security, e-citizenship, and more.
ENGIE is proud to join the New Cities Foundation’s network of partners and pledges to contribute to its empowerment, by participating to the events organized by the Foundation and contributing to its research programs.