French pavilion at Expo Milano focuses on climate change
Climate disruption/French pavilion at Expo Milano – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
Paris, 30 April 2015
A few months ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), France’s active involvement in preparations for the Universal Exposition in Milan testifies to its commitment to changing its development model for the benefit of the environmental and energy transition.
The French pavilion is exemplary in terms of the environment and energy control. The pavilion is actually a low-energy building designed to allow natural ventilation and cooling. An illustration of French expertise, combining a traditional material and cutting-edge technologies – it is made of pine from French forests, certified wood from the Jura [department]. The structure, which can be entirely dismantled, will leave no waste and can thus be re-used.
The planning and design of the French pavilion, like the panel discussions organized in the framework of the Expo, reflect the themes being emphasized by the Ecology Ministry and will highlight the responses France is making to harmonize its production model with the challenges of protecting biodiversity. There will be a special focus on the fight against climate change; the role of pollinators; soil life; the protection of fisheries resources, biodiversity and genetic resources; and food waste.
"Naturally I would say that the French pavilion is the most beautiful but as I have to take international diplomacy into account, I would say that this is the best in terms of its concept, its spatiality, for its adhering to the theme which has been chosen for this international exhibition.
This gives a very good image of French creativity. I think that this pavilion, (in so much as I can envisage what will be looked for in the spec. for a pavilion in the future), will give a very positive impression of what France is capable of , as we wish it to be when it welcomes the universal exposition in 2025" said Minister Laurent Fabius.