Director of International Affairs at ADEME
The mobilisation of French eco-companies
The 4th national forum of French eco-companies* adopted the dual stance of industrial growth and environmental protection. In a difficult economic climate, employment in this sector in France has nevertheless increased by 4.5% since 2009. Delphine Batho, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, has announced the upcoming launch of initiatives to monitor the development of the “green” sector more closely, which could even lead to the creation of a “Green Economy CAC 40” stock market index. A “white book” has been proposed by the 40 networks of eco-companies that make up the PEXE association, including seven proposals aimed especially at strengthening technology transfers in SMEs and organising coordination between eco-companies so that products and services can be grouped together, and tailored to the requirements of each interested country. Club ADEME International, comprising 130 small, medium and intermediate-sized businesses, is also helping integrate France’s offer. For example, these eco-companies participate actively in the “Investments for the Future” programme designed to support projects that foster innovation. Over one hundred projects have already been supported, many of which are certain to find applications internationally. /
*This forum was organised on 4 April 2013 by PEXE (an association of 40 networks of eco-companies in France) with the support of ADEME.