Michel Moynier, the mayor of Narbonne has vision. And his vision is becoming reality. The city recently celebrated the opening of a school that uses zero fossil fuels, relying on solar and geothermal as main sources of energy. Narbonne also boasts a biogas production facility for fueling city vehicles. Legislative commitments ensure city streets free of cars over 8 years old and free parking for clean burning or electric cars. But all this is merely a prelude.
Narbonne's full plan is music for the ears. The city will build a 650 house subdivision with the goal to create a zero CO2 community. Cogeneration will fuel and heat the sustainable subdivision. The Narbonne 'du Theater' neighborhood will benefit from a silent waste collection system to manage three streams of separated wastes.
This sustainable urban zone will mix small commercial concerns into a community of diverse social population relying on environmentally friendly modes of transportation.Groundbreaking for the...ahem, well... groundbreaking garbage collection system has already started. Residents will drop wastes into local collection points from which it will be vacuumed into a subterranean network destined for a collection terminal. Pics of a collection point and a schematic of the system can be see at travelling spouse blog (an odd link, we'll admit, but have you tried finding english language information on French local politics?). The system is reported to add 2000-3000 euros to the cost of each residence, but is supposed to earn this investment back with decreased collection and disposal costs. Solar panels supply about a quarter of the energy for the waste management.
Via: Tipster E. Schick
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