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Heating and cooling operators around the world run urban networks designed not only to meet the growing energy needs of cities, but also to encourage the development of eco-neighbourhoods in light of increasing environmental concerns. Heating and cooling networks are considered real energy-efficiency alternatives, offering solutions that meet two main energy generation criteria: greater efficiency and lower costs.

ENGIE’s Energy Services Business Line currently operates some 110 urban heating and cooling networks in Europe, including those in Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris and Turin.

Tractebel Engineering contributes acknowledged expertise in the development of urban heating and cooling networks in new neighbourhoods, or the upgrading of existing city facilities. It can help clients improve the environmental assessment and energy performance of all their projects.

In an effort to continually improve its own performance, Tractebel Engineering also endeavours to be a stakeholder in the most innovative urban power projects and encourages initiatives introduced by its personnel. For instance, the PNE (Paris-North-East) project – winner of  the GDF SUEZ Innovation Trophy 2014 in the Business Development category – dovetails perfectly with this approach. The aim of the project was to develop a highly energy- and environment-efficient combined heating and cooling production unit operating on deep geothermal, heat pump and steam technologies. The combination was a world first and Tractebel Engineering is proud to have been part of its development.

Tractebel Engineering’s many skills go hand in hand with a firm commitment to sustainable development, focusing on process optimisation, waste recycling, energy storage, smart grids and more – the aim always being to build a world capable of meeting the energy challenges of tomorrow.