© Jean Nouvel
EPAD – the public body for the development of La Défense – organised the first global summit of business districts for sustainable development. The summit brought together around 100 players from the business districts of 21 cities (Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Casablanca, Le Cap, London, Liverpool, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Beijing, Rabat, São Paulo, Shanghai, Seville, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Singapore, Vienna, etc.) along with researchers, universities, architects, urban planning experts and company managers. At the end of the summit EPAD proposed that participants should commit to a 10-point charter entitled The La Défense declaration for sustainable business districts, which was adopted by all participants. The commitments included reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of renewable energies, effective management of the water use cycle, air quality and materials use, reducing and recycling waste and developing a plan for sustainable transport.All participants expressed their common aim of creating an international network of business districts and cities all over the world in order to promote sustainable development.
Following these commitments to the environment, energy saving, improving living conditions and mixed usage in business districts, EPAD announced that it was launching a survey to assess the energy efficiency of La Défense. The new high-rise towers to be built by 2015 will be energy-efficient and designed to create a comfortable and secure environment for their users.