Chairman of La Fabrique de la Cité, Cécile Maisonneuve previously headed the Centre for Energy of IFRI (French Institute for International Relations), which she remains associated with as a Senior Adviser.
From 2007 to 2012, Cécile Maisonneuve has held several positions at AREVA, specializing in international prospective and public affairs. She began her career in 1997 as a high civil servant at the French National Assembly.
Cécile Maisonneuve graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po Paris and Sorbonne University. She is also a former participant in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Department of State.
This contribution draws upon an ongoing research project on urban logistics headed by La Fabrique de la Cité. Called « Feeding and fueling the City », this work will be completed by June 2016 and a final report will then be published. Our method is to investigate on best practices in European and American cities. We have written detailed city cases on Paris, Hamburg, Lisbon, London and Boston. In these five cities port infrastructures are key drivers of change and sustainable development.
The contribution intends to compare these cities around the themes of circular economy and resilience.
A circular economy is one in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end their life. It is a more efficient and environmentally sound alternative to the traditional linear economy in which we make, use and dispose of resources.
How do cities promote strategies designed at recycling and re-using and what is the role of ports in the implementation of these projects ? How do cities’ efforts tend to support resilience at the metropolitan level ?
For business, government and society the challenge is to break through the existing paradigm that goods reach the highest value at the point of (first) sale, and are then depreciated to zero over the product’s lifespan. From an accounting perspective, this all makes sense, but this isn’t really helping if we are to take the Fourth Industrial Revolution seriously.
Ports are traditionally seen as a node in the transport chain. There is an implicit linearity in this. If ports are to be sustainable, this challenge cannot be approached through linear thinking alone, but also through circular thinking. Through circular economy too.