City of Nantes

Nantes is a city in Loire-Atlantique on the Loire, 50 km from the Atlantic coast. The city is the sixth-largest in France, with a population of 303,382 in Nantes and a metropolitan area of nearly 950,000 inhabitants. With Saint-Nazaire, a seaport on the Loire estuary, Nantes forms the main north-western French metropolis.

It is the administrative seat of the Loire-Atlantique department and the Pays de la Loire région, one of 18 regions of France. Nantes belongs historically and culturally to Brittany, a former duchy and province, and its omission from the modern administrative region of Brittany is controversial.

The city adopted an ecological framework in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gases and promote energy transition. Nantes has three ecodistricts (one on the Isle of Nantes, one near the train station and the third in the north-east of the city), which aim to provide affordable, ecological housing and counter urban sprawl by redeveloping neglected areas of the city.

Nantes Métropole has been involved in the Covenant of Mayors since 2008, with the objective of reducing its GHG emissions by 50% and tripling its local renewable energy production by 2030. In order to accelerate this process of energy transition, it has made the political choice to provide a large space to experimentations and concrete actions of the territory’s stakeholder. Since September 2016, Nantes and its metropolitan area have thus become the scene of a Great debate “the energy transition is us”, led by an independent and 100% citizen commission that mobilized a total of 53,000 participants!

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City of Nantes is a member of Energy Cities since 1996


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Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independent citizens’ commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council

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