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Project support

3Aid from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) relates to the domains of air pollution, energy (renewable energy sources, energy savings), environmental management, climate change, contaminated sites and soil, waste, clean transport.3

ADEME’s offer is not only financial, it is first and foremost methodological to help companies define their projects (including financial aid for various study phases) and it can subsequently take the form of investment aid.

Main types of aid available :

Decision-making aid :

  • pre-diagnosis aid, simplified technical assessment (2-3 days) in all domains,
  • diagnosis aid, in-depth analysis of the situation (all domains excluding climate change),
  • support of a feasibility study, in-depth technical-economic study prior to defining the technical solution,
  • guidance advice, study aimed at implementing a joint waste management strategy for a group of companies,
  • involvement of policy officers (co-financed by ADEME) posted to local chambers or trade organisations (pre-diagnosis, environmental management, waste management etc.).

Investment aid :

This type of aid can relate to :

  • waste management : prevention equipment, local management of company waste, waste recovery equipment etc.
  • energy : equipment designed to save energy, biogas recovery, wood-fired steam plants, mini hydropower, photovoltaic energy, solar thermal power, geothermal energy etc.
  • air : demonstration operations of new operational applications of new processes, technologies and innovative systems, exemplary operations aimed at creating references and a “knock-on” effect, aid for the standardisation of best available technology etc.

ADEME is also involved in the sector of transport : combined road/rail transport, corporate mobility plans, use of alternative transport methods such as individual cars for employees and customers.

Specific details (in particular aid conditions and rates) may vary slightly from one region to the next, in particular due to partnership and co-financing agreements signed with local authorities, notably regional councils. Information can be provided by regional delegations.

ADEME : see offer section of ADEME/Entreprises/Monter un projet d’investissement/aides financières et Entreprises/Accompagner la prise de décision/Conseils et accompagnement and see also regional Delegations.

3Aid from water agencies aims at preventing and treating water pollution (reduction at source, treatment equipment, reduction in water intake etc.).3

The actions benefiting from this aid are mostly :

  • investments in terms of water pollution control : external treatment systems, accidental pollution prevention systems, internal structures to reduce pollution or the amount of water used, operations aimed at significantly reducing toxic pollution,
  • investments aimed at improving the quantitative management of industrial water,
  • investments in resources to control the quantity and quality of wastewater,
  • remediation of contaminated sites and soil when this contamination affects the quality of water.

Aid can apply to scoping studies and investments.

Aid policies, based on a common foundation, are defined by the board of directors of each water agency (6 in mainland France, located around the major water catchment areas) and therefore the nature of aided interventions and aid rates can vary depending on the priorities of each catchment area (types of pollution to be reduced, intervention areas requiring reinforced action, selectivity criteria depending on the impact of the aided operation).

The water agency is also involved as a methodological support and not only as a financial support.

3Regional council interventions vary depending on the policies defined by each regional council. These policies are often formalised in a contract with the State and ADEME, ADEME and the Regional Council working in partnership.3

For further information, please contact the regional council of your region.

3Aid from European structural funds, managed by regional Prefectures, with a policy defined in each region. Depending on the themes and organisation selected in each region, the applications are examined by ADEME and/or State services (mostly the Regional Directorate for Industry, Research and the Environment (DRIRE) and the Regional Directorate for the Environment (DIREN)).3

Depending on the priorities defined in each regional programme, the following can benefit from this aid :

  • feasibility and decision-making aid studies,
  • investments in various domains (air, water, waste, energy etc.),
  • advice (in particular for the implementation of environmental management, quality – safety, sustainable development etc. initiatives in SMEs),
  • collective actions (SME support to develop environmental management, collective waste management etc.).

For further information, please contact the regional Prefecture (or State services : DIREN, DRIRE or ADEME).

In addition, the 2000-2006 European programmes are being completed and 2007-2013 programmes are in the process of being defined. They should be operational in the first semester of 2007. Environmental protection, sustainable development, energy savings and renewable energy sources will be the focus of these new programmes.

Furthermore, there are specific systems to help research, innovation and product development programmes, processes, innovative technology etc., in the domains of the environment – energy, provided by government organisations or local authorities.

3Main sites :3

DRIRE (Industrial Development division) and General Directorate for Enterprises (DGE) (competitiveness clusters)
Ministry of Research – Regional Delegation for Research and Technology (DRRT)

DRIRE’s industrial and technological development division can be consulted to provide initial analysis of the project and indicate potential sources of funding that can be approached.