The First Sustainable Neighbourhood in France

The Confluence became the first WWF certified sustainable district in France. The NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) thus recognised the achievements of the existing constructions and set very high expectations for the rest of the project. In 2020, La Confluence's CO2 emissions will not exceed those for the year 2000, despite the significant increase in the number of residents and employees.   



In 2004, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched their One Planet Living programme. Their objective was to help people, companies and public authorities to reduce their ecological footprints and develop sustainable lifestyles. At La Confluence the process was initiated in 2010 in line with actions taken from project launch to reduce the ecological footprint. An agreement was signed with the NGO. It included a Sustainability Action Plan (see Close-up), which included in particular the construction of energy plus buildings, eco-renovation and the conservation of biodiversity. 

A new dimension for the eco-neighbourhood

Distinction by the WWF, is part of continued recognition for La Confluence's efforts to ensure sustainable and comfortable living for its users. National certification confirming its status as an exemplary eco-neighbourhood in 2009 was the first step in the process. The project was distinguished for the protection of its natural and cultural heritage, for taking environmental requirements into consideration during the development programme, for social and functional diversity (housing, offices, and retail outlets), for prioritising ecological performance during development and for mobility and energy saving. 







70 %
proportion of waste reused, composted or recycled


metres / maximum distance from a public transport stop



La Confluence's Sustainable Action Plan (PAD)

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The ten international principles of the sustainable action plan are as follows: zero carbon, zero waste, sustainable mobility, local and sustainable materials, local and sustainable food, sustainable water management, natural habitats and biodiversity, local culture and heritage, equity and economic development, quality of life and well-being.

The main objectives of the plan are:

  • to ensure new buildings are positive energy (2012) 
  • to carry out the eco-renovation of the Sainte Blandine district
  • to reduce unrecyclable, unrecoverable and un-compostable waste by 30%
  • to promote public transport: proximity of stops, reduction of car use (0.6 parking spaces per housing unit and 1 space per 100 sq. m. of gross floor area for offices).
  • to transform an industrial area into an ecological zone by creating green spaces
  • to integrate key architectural elements linked to the identity and history of the area: the Rambaud river port, the wholesale market halls, the prisons etc.
  • to create the necessary conditions for exemplary consultations with inhabitants.