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How the Third Industrial Revolution Can Transform France How the Third Industrial Revolution Can Transform France

- (Huffington) - 1 years, 11 months ago...

LILLE, France -- Since late 2012, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France has been part of a national push to establish a transition to clean and renewable energy -- and also to design a new model of development. This adventure is right in the footsteps of the process Jeremy Rifkin describes in his WorldPost series on the Third Industrial Revolution. So, what's happening here? As of now, our estimate is that there are about 300 projects that are in one way or another related to the Third Industrial Revolution. Every week, in a continuous flow, numerous individuals or small companies bring their innovative ideas to the overall "TIR basket." They need help or counseling and we have developed the means to do so, but they share one characteristic: they are all enthusiastic. Many projects are related to urban development and renovation. These projects focus on energy consumption and aim to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide work for construction companies and related stakeholders. Improving the living conditions and health of individuals in our region are expected direct consequences of many of these projects. Improving the living conditions and health of individuals in our region are expected direct consequences of many of these projects. We also launched a globally focused "zero-carbon university" program whose goal is to involve the 150,000 students of our universities in an holistic approach that focuses on building renovation, development of distributed renewable energies with storage and smart grids on our campuses and also alternative mobilities. The first projects are in the design phase and they look very promising. In the health sector, a new hospital is being designed: It will be fully energy-autonomous by 2050 or before, and it will also be a pioneer in the use of eco-materials and life-cycle analysis. It proposes an evolutive design, capable of integrating new technologies without heavy restructuring. It will include the latest and best information technologies and serving, at the same time, patients and medical staff. Other hospitals will follow, taking advantage of this first experience. In a nearby former mining area we are developing a master plan for a biosphere valley that we have named the "green archipelago." We will collaborate with the Louvre-Lens museum, renovated neighborhoods, photovoltaic farms, the new hospital and several other projects in an "Internet of Things," combining the three Internets that Rifkin discusses in his series to the greatest advantage of those who live and work there. Waves break on a jetty holding wind turbines in the channel port of Boulogne-sur-mer, France. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images) What does this mean? It means that during the last two years we have seen the progressive build-up -- it's far from finished -- of ideas that we had developed with Jeremy Rifkin, and that we continue to work out with him. In a certain way,...

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