Energy conservation, preservation of nature and water resources, sustainable urban development and efficient waste management are among the main concerns of the national institutes, local organizations and businesses operating on the Côte d'Azur. With hundreds of experts employed by institutions ranging from start-ups to international corporations and major private and public research labs, the Côte d'Azur enjoys tremendous R&D potential in a variety of fields, from renewable energies, to optimization of national resources like biomass and solar energy, new technologies applied to construction and management and prevention of natural hazards...
The Côte d’Azur wants to preserve the natural harmony of the scenery, while bolstering international economic development. The Plaine du Var project is the first large-scale national interest project in France in the area of sustainable development and reflects the region's good stewardship policies.
The Plaine du Var valley in Nice spanning 10,000 hectares is poised to become a global model in sustainable urban planning and has received the "national interest project" label. Dubbed the "Eco Valley", the Plaine du Var site will be particularly attractive to companies and research centers that focus on technologies linked to sustainable development and management.
The Côte d’Azur is also a major contributor to international programs and projects in science and industry, such as GMES and ITER, through which it plays a pioneering role in sustainable development.
Innovation in areas such as Earth observation, natural risk prevention, as well as management of national resources and energy is sustained by the following regional competitiveness clusters:
"Sophia-Antipolis is a very attractive region for any semiconductor company, for several reasons. The first one is that in the technology park of Sophia-Antipolis there is a solid tradition of analog and digital design, which is due to the presence of other big companies working in the same or similar markets, like Texas Instruments, Intel, STM and others. The second reason is linked to presence in the technology park of the Polytech'Nice-Sophia and other important schools.
That will guarantee our future growth since the region will always offer both experienced design engineers and you talents to hire."
•Inward Investments Manager
France's foremost government initiative dedicated to sustainable development
France's #2 departement for sustanaible development initiatives
1st region in France for solar radiation
2nd region for hydro resources
3rd region for biomass
ITER, the global research program on nuclear fusion
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