Greener Building: The CO2 Footprint Reduction Challenge

Do you want to solve critical problems in the fight against climate change? Do you want to participate in an international and interdisciplinary team? Do you want to benefit from the experience of high-level professionals? Take part in the E4C student challenge. This year we are tackling energy consumption.

The challenge in a nutshell: 

The buildings sector, which includes energy used for constructing, heating, cooling, and lighting homes and businesses, as well as the appliances and equipment installed in them, accounts for over one third of global energy consumption and emissions. Therefore, there is a need to reduce the energy consumption and the direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases from buildings.

The aim of the challenge is to minimize the emissions of a building located on the IP Paris campus (DrahiX: the startup incubator). The challenge consists of three tasks:

  1. Elaborate an energy demand forecasting model based on data provided by us.
  2. Elaborate an energy consumption management strategy, based on interactions with occupants, the available data, and the model, to minimize CO2 emissions.
  3. Discuss the acceptability of this strategy and explore ways to gain acceptance


Prices and incentives

Winning prizes includes: 

  • 1st place: 3000€ per group
  • 2nd place: 2000€ per group
  • 3rd place: 1000€ per group

The winning team will also have the opportunity to present their project at the EuroTeQaThon, at Ecole Polytechnique.

+ For students coming from Ecole Polytechnique: Credits valid to certificate "développement durable"



This Challenge is open and offered solely to: 

  • Student. Any individual aged eighteen (18) years and/or with full legal capacity, who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate or master student.
  • Groups of 3-4 are expected combining computer/data science expertise and social science expertise.
  • You can now register and create your team or join an existing team! 

During the project you will be challenged to:


Apply specific technical skills and knowledge from your academic background in an operational project.


Articulate your skills and knowledge in a multidisciplinary context to develop cross-cutting solutions to a chosen question.


Use a scientific and technical approach to propose solutions that are economically viable as well as socially responsible.