Viparis has announced its first solar tarpaulin, installed on the Paris Nord Villepinte gallery’s glass façade. Paris Nord Villepinte is the world’s first exhibition complex to test such a system, with the goal of reducing its ecological footprint. The site includes an HQE (High Environmental Quality) certified space (Hall 7) with an 18,000 m² green roof, green spaces that are maintained through the use of auxiliary insects, recyclable tarpaulins and organic ink used in signage, and more.
This groundbreaking pilot project, created in collaboration with ENGIE Entreprises & Collectivités, is a tangible example of Viparis’ commitment to its CSR initiative, Better Events Viparis 2030, launched in 2018.
The tarpaulin’s thin, flexible and lightweight structure means that it can be adapted to fit any type of structure. The renewable energy it generates is fed into the grid, allowing visitors to charge their mobile phones and run their laptops. In time, Viparis plans to deploy solar tarpaulins all along the glass roof of the reception gallery, which links together the seven main halls, and also serves as a hub for professional meetings and events.
Catherine Phin, Head of Sustainable Development, Viparis, said: “As the operator of the ten largest venues in the Greater Paris region, Viparis is committed to working with the entire events industry to reduce its environmental impact. This commitment finds expression in the installation of the first solar advertising tarpaulin in France’s largest exhibition complex. The venue welcomed nearly two million visitors in 2018, and we are convinced that this solution will help reduce our carbon footprint. We are also looking at deploying tarpaulins at other Viparis sites.”