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Disney launching eco-village heated by geothermal energy near Paris, France

Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parks opened Villages Nature Paris, a new eco-village with geothermal energy providing heating and hot water.

Last week, Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parks opened Villages Nature Paris. The ceremony was attended by Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE, State secretary to the Minister of Europe and of Foreign Affairs, and Valérie PECRESSE, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France.

The Villages Nature Paris project was born in 2003, and is the product of a vision shared by the founding Groups, and based on harmony between Man and Nature.

Each partner brings its individual and complementary knowledge:

A unique European vacation destination right next to Paris

Just 32 km from Paris and 6 km from Disneyland® Paris, Villages Nature Paris is a destination for short- and medium-term stays, all year long.Measuring 120 hectares, the first development includes 868 apartments and cottages and 5 interactive universes to explore and relax.

Joe Rohde, Senior Vice President Creative Walt Disney Imagineering, and Thierry Huau, landscape architect and town developer, supervised all the artistic aspects of Villages Nature Paris.

The architectural design of the cottages and apartments, overseen by Jean de Gastines, is inspired by the idea that buildings and the surrounding vegetation become interwoven, and create a whole. Three types of residences are available: VIP Cocoon, Country Premium, and Clan Comfort.

Five different interactive universes are spread throughout the site:

Sustainable and responsible tourism as the guiding line

Villages Nature Paris leads a pioneering and complete approach to sustainable tourism, through its Sustainable Action Plan. This includes ten targets with timelines, inspired by the One Planet Living methodology developed by BioRegional.

The strategy is focused on reducing the carbon imprint of the site, reaching social and economic balance, and valuing heritage and cultural wealth of the land it is based on, through qualitative and quantitative objectives for every phase of design, construction, and operation.

This commitment from Villages Nature Paris to sustainable development was recognized by UNEP, which chose the site as part of its “Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism”.

Geothermal energy at Villages Nature Paris: precursor to an energy transition

The site’s heating and hot water comes from the geothermal energy that springs from 1,900 metres below ground.  What is more, this renewable and sustainable energy source produces zero greenhouse gases.

A sustainable strategy for local development

Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs, energized by their shared desire to fully participate in the government’s policy of promoting France, chose to build Village Nature Paris in the heart of Val d’Europe. This area, developed for 30 years by the Euro Disney group, offers unprecedented business opportunities for relaxing holidays, just steps from major tourist areas.

As indication of their support, public authorities named the creation of Villages Nature Paris as an ‘Operation of National Interest’ for its contribution to innovation in tourism, economic development, and promotion of the eastern Ile-de-France region.

Investment for the first phase of development totals approximately €500 million, and has seen 868 of a total 1,083 apartments and cottages ready on September 1, 2017, as well as some recreational features.

Currently, Villages Nature Paris is planning to welcome 1 million holiday-goers by year, 50% of whom are French and 50% of whom are European (mostly Dutch, Belgian, and British).

Villages Nature Paris and its operation has generated 600 direct jobs, more than 75% of which remain local.

Through the coherence and scope of its composing parts, including events, architecture, landscaping, and sustainable and local development, Villages Nature Paris strives to represent model innovation for responsible tourism in the 21st century.

We are proud to officially open Villages Nature Paris, product of a unique partnership between two major players in global and European tourism. By combining innovation and sustainability, we have helped to write a new page in the tourism of the future,” stated Catherine Powell, Présidente of Euro Disney S.A.S.

Villages Nature Paris is proof of the shared desire of Euro Disney and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs to contribute to making France more attractive than ever, and solidify its reputation as the world’s number one tourism destination,” added Gérard Brémond, CEO of the Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs Group.

Source: Disneyland Paris

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