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After hosting five historical World Expos between 1855 and 1900, France organised in Paris the second World Expo to be registered by the BIE: World Expo 1937. France then organised three Specialised Expos as well as one Horticultural Expo. France is a regular and active participant in World and Specialised Expos. The country has received several awards for the thematic development and the design of its pavilions. A founding member of the BIE, France is the depository power of the 1928 Paris Convention.

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Participation in Expos

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
France, Lightspeed Inspiration
Architect(s)
Pérez-Prado+Celnikier&Grabli
Size (m2)
4,636
Location
Mobility
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Theme
Energy transition toward a green growth
Size (m2)
1,000
Award
Bronze - "Theme Development" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day
21/06/2017
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The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) asks Pascal Lorot, the National Commissioner of the Pavilion of France, about the country’s participation at Expo 2017 Astana.

Why did France choose “Energy Transition for Green Growth” as the theme for its participation at Expo 2017 Astana?

P. Lorot: The theme of the French Pavilion is an extension of the French State’s efforts to encourage “Energy transition for green growth”. More precisely, this law on energy transition for green growth and the action plans implemented in France must allow our country to:

  • Contribute more effectively to the fight against climate disruption;

  • Reinforce energy independence by better balancing different sources of supply;

  • Create a dynamic for positive ecology that lifts constraints and releases initiatives.

 

What best practices and tools are showcased in favour of limiting energy consumption and diversifying energy sources?

P. Lorot: Our partner companies exhibit different sources of energy that allow the reduction of energy consumption including: solar and biomass (Total), energy recovery from waste (Syctom), biogas recovery (Veolia), low-consumption products and materials (Peugeot, Vicat, Saint-Gobain), and fusion (Iter).

One of the sub-themes of Expo 2017 is “Energy for All”. What is France doing to improve energy access in developing countries?

P. Lorot: Today, French policy in this area is based around four main objectives:

  • Giving priority to renewable energy and energy efficiency,

  • Improving energy access in rural and peri-urban areas,

  • Securing and reinforcing energy systems,

  • Strengthening energy policies and capacity for action

In practice, these objectives are reflected in France’s development aid policies. Of the 7.4 billion euros consecrated to energy sector investments in foreign countries by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) since 2007, 5.8 million euros have gone towards the completion of projects in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Beyond the national context, France also encourages private funding alongside the traditional aid. These innovative mechanisms include the European Union’s Energy Facility program, and global coordination based around the “Energy for All” initiative (SE4All), launched in 2012 by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki Moon. France is the second largest European contributors to SE4All, which will be one of the international organisations participating in Expo 2017 Astana.

With one of its sub-themes focused on reducing CO2 emissions, how, in your opinion, can Expo 2017 Astana contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement?

P. Lorot: As a reminder, the Paris Agreement was signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average temperature increase to no higher than 2°C. The Expo is an opportunity to present an overview of the different solutions at hand to achieve this goal.

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Different Ways of Producing and Providing Food
Architect(s)
XTU architects
Size (m2)
3,592
Award
Gold - "Architecture and Landscape" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day
21/06/2015
Theme
The wonderful Adventures of Sogeumi Salt Crystal
Size (m2)
768
Location
Atlantic Ocean Cluster
Award
Silver - "Creative Display" Category - pavilions between 250 and 750 m2
National Day
14/07/2012
Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
The Sensual City
Architect(s)
Jacques Ferrier Architects
Size (m2)
6,000
Location
Zone C
Award
Bronze - "Theme Development" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day
21/06/2010
Theme
The Properties of Water and Its Life Cycle
Size (m2)
1,000
Location
Edificio Viento
National Day
20/06/2008
Theme
Sustainable development
Size (m2)
1,620
Location
Global Common 3
Award
Silver - "Content" Category - pavilions larger than 1296 m2
National Day
14/04/2005
Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
From Mobility to Movement
Architect(s)
Françoise Hélène Jourda
Size (m2)
11,305
Location
Pavilion Est
National Day
23/06/2000

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