8 septembre 2011 —
The second edition of the EDF Sustainable Design Challenge is officially launched under the motto « Encouraging responsible behaviour for better living ». To participate, fill out the « Expression of Interest » availabe here and send it back to the e-mail indicated on the document.
The selected projects will be displayed in major international events, starting with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 – the world’s second biggest communication event.
The EDF Sustainable Design Challenge focuses on the materialization of day-to-day energy efficient solutions for a better quality of life. The idea is to foster prospective projects that promote new sustainable behaviours.
In 2003, various international experts highlighted that world primary energy consumption might double between the years 2000 and 2050. This forecast took several factors into account, including demographical changes, technical innovations, regulation police evolutions, etc.
Regardless of whether the energy is required for industrial, transportation or construction purposes, the mix of production solutions will be very different in 40 years. While non-renewable fossil fuels (coal, gas and petrol) are depleting rapidly, there are important developments in the area of renewable energy production (sola, hydro, wind, geothermal…). Combined with nuclear power, it is estimated that all the existing production solutions will represent only more than half of our overall energy requirements by 2050.
For the remaining energy requirements, now is the time for action!
This Challenge invites you to imagine and develop new innovative scenarios that would encourage responsible energy behaviour for better living, with the goal to lower our energy consumption and/or provide new energy sources.
In this context, EDF and the French Design Promotion Association (APCI) are collaborating to set up a core group of leading actors from different countries and different skills expertise. These leading actors are invited to set up multidisciplinary teams to propose and work on the specific key issues of their choice during the Challenge. More than innovative sustainable products, processes and services, the aim is to formalize whole design scenarios.