Adaptation to Climate Change

The city of Paris partners with Paris&Co to experiment innovative solutions which bring concrete answers to the challenge of adaptation to climate change.

The fight against climate change is one of the century main challenges. Facing the consequences of this forthcoming change, Paris is a robust city, but still has some potentiel weakness, notably facing heat waves, floodings and the water resources scaricity at the Seine Normandy basin scale. To get ready to it and complete its Paris Climate and Energy Action Plan, the Urban Ecology Agency of the city of Paris published in 2015 its Adaptation Roadmap to adapt to climate change and resources scarcity, whilst making Paris more attractive, more liveable and more resilient.

Eager to make innovative projects able to bring concrete answers to these challenges emerge, the City of Paris partners with Paris&Co to launch a call for experiments on Adaptation to Climat Change, in partnership with ADEME, Agence Parisienne du Climat, Eau de Paris and 100 Resilient Cities. « Launching a call for experiments dedicated to adaptation is one more proof of the city of Paris’ strong commitment to the fight against climate change and in the building of the city of tomorrow » explains Célia Blauel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of sustainable development, environment, water and the local Climate and Energy Action Plan.

The call intends to experiment the implementation of practical, innovative and economically viable adaptation projets, by calling in the innovation capacity and the inventivity of Parisian actors, and more globally of all the innovation actors. For project holders, the call reprents a genuine opportunity to test their solutions and business models in vivo in situ.
Four main topics of adaptation has been chosen for this call for experiments :
  • Cooling the city
  • Saving water resources
  • Strenghtening social ties
  • Adaptability of  living areas and lifestyles.
Three combined factors led to the choice of these four specific topics : their relevance to the adaptation challenge, their link to the city’s strategic objectives and their experiment potential, within the authorized legal framework.

More information about the type of solutions we are looking for and the application proccess can be found in the Technical Spefications Book at the end of this article or through the following link:


Launch of the call for experiment : october 20th  2016
Information meeeting /Meet-up : november 22th 2016, 9h30 - 11h30
Deadline for applications 19th december 2016
Selection and interviews : january – february 2017
Deployment : from april 2017

If you wish to attend the information meeting/meet-up of November 22th, which will take place at the Maison des Acteurs du Paris Durable, 21 rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris, please register through the following link:


Projects will be selected by a committee formed by Paris elected representatives, experts and partners of the call for experiments (ADEME, Agence Parisienne du Climat, Eau de Paris, 100 Resilient Cities), according to the following criteria :
  • The relevance of the proposed experiment in relation to the four topics identified in this call;
  • The innovative nature of the solution compared with the state of the art and current practices;
  • The reproducibility of the solution in the context of Paris;
  • The assessment of the total cost and financial feasibility of the experiment and the ultimate business model for the proposed solution;
  • The compatibility of the solution with the technical and regulatory constraints of its business sector;
  • The technical and organisational feasibility of the proposed solution (conditions and ease of installation and management) and the technical feasibility of the project in the proposed deadlines;
  • The description of the experiment and assessment protocols;
  • The inclusion of the experiment into the design process of the proposed solution;
  • The definition of the wished experiment territory.

Laureates have been officially announced on March 2nd during a public meeting, in Jean-Louis MISSIKA, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of urbanism, architecture, of the Greater Paris project, economic development and attractiveness, presence. 

Upon the 29 received projects, 23 have been interviewed by a jury composed of Celia BLAUEL (Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of environment) and Jean-Louis MISSIKA, as well as experts and representatives of the partners of the call for experiments; 10 of them being selected as laureates. 

Below is the list of the 10 laureates:

Saving water resources

Non-drinking water valorization by Phytorestore
Landscaped and ecological solution for Paris non-drinking water treatment and valorization as bathing waters and irrigation.
Urban Bocage by Elodie Stephan & Orythie
Module of urban&landscape design which offers rain water management associated with greenings (innovative bio-retention system that connects with water drainage systems). 
Water Challenge by eGreen
Encouraging water savings, at the building scale, through behavioral incentive (nudge), gamification (organization of a challenge) and real-time monitoring of consumption. 
Water Ecoquette by Wéco
Eco-design public toilets, with an autonomous functionning  thank to a closed water circuit. The whole is easily movable and shapable as it is installed inside recycled shipping containers. 

Cooling the city

Edge of a forest by Alteralia & Fieldwork Architecture
Urban transformation project aiming at reducing the urban heat island effect by decreasing heat accumulation on the ground (through a specific flooring) and by increasing air cooling through evapotranspiration (numerous trees). 
Anima by Ekolog, Panorama Paysage, LAMS 21, Halage, le 6B
Creation of temporary urban forest ( 6 to 20 years) on brownfield sites or fields waiting for a project, ideally with polluted or degraded soils, with a lumberring goal. 

Streghtening social ties

Heat wave solidarity by Bénévole At Home
Geotraccked mutual help network for voluntary citizens which enables to map and match volonteers with heat vulnerable people during a heat crisis. Experimentation will be focusing on heat waves. 
Senior concierge services by Conciergerie Solidaire
New model of urban concierge services dedicated to elderly people, providing home-care services by local partners as well as animation thank to a neighborhood's concierge. 
Végétalisons ! by Le Carillon
Making homeless people responsible for the maintenance of new vegetalized spaces and reverse the negative image urban dwellers have on homeless people in order to recreate social ties. 

Adaptability of  living areas and lifestyles

Matrioshka by the Association Quatorze
Urban furniture electrically autonomous (integrated solar panels) enabling electronic devices charging ( 3 laptops, 6 smartphones) and nomade working (tables, wifi). 


Next steps of the programme will consist of helping laureates match with suitable experiment territories (public spaces, municipal departments or firms), monotoring the experiments deployment and conducting individual evaluation of each expriment as well as a global evaluation of the programme. The goal being to have started as many experiments as possible before the summer.